Thursday, November 06, 2003
On Barbara Streisand:
Babs has again opened her mouth and put a pair of million dollar shoes in it. Seems that the hit piece “The Reagans” was deep sixed by CBS after a firestorm of criticism rained down upon the network.
Babs has a great voice, don’t get me wrong. But when she spouts off about anything other than music, she leaves herself wide open for shots I feel it my civic duty to take.
Memo to Babs:
You mentioned many things about the CBS miniseries. You correctly stated it is a drama and not a documentary. Bravo. You failed, however and quite obviously, to mention that your husband plays the Gipper in the series. Sorry, Babs, need to be a little more subtle there. Could you not just as easily have said “my washed up actor-husband could’ve used the derivatives to pay some bills?”
Next, you went to great lengths to trot out the First Amendment and cry “Censorship”. Sorry, Babs, can’t let you slide on that one. Here is the text of the amendment for the record:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Freedom of speech is protected under the Constitution. You are free to say what you want, when you want, and where you want – for the most part. The State may take no action to prevent you from doing so. State sponsored censorship, in most but not all cases, is against the law.
Now, Babs, the state took no action to prevent your husband’s show from being aired. No soldiers showed up at the CBS Burbank Studios to prevent the show from being seen. You, and your husband, were not censored by the state in any way, shape manner, or form.
What happened was the result of many people, not a small group of right wing activists as you claim, made their displeasure regarding the series known to CBS and the advertisers that would have supported the show’s airing. We have that right Babs. Guess what? That’s constitutionally protected as well. Funny how that works.
One more thing about the First Amendment. Every one has the right to speak. They can say whatever they want. The right to speak does not in any case guarantee the right to be heard. We don’t have to listen to you, Babs. And, just so you know why nobody really gives a flying flip about your husband’s mini-series, it’s because we’re not.
Here endeth the lesson.