Some folks have really, really thin skins.
I suspect Ms. Parker, whoever, she is, has never been inside Barnes and Noble… or any bookstore for that matter. Peruse the shelves of any respectable bookseller, and you’ll find works from every point along the political spectrum, from Holy, Holy God, Thank You For Appointing Trump Emperor of the World (I’m sure something similar exists) to Bob Woodward’s Fear, and anything inbetween. ¹
The Humor section will be chock-full of collections of political cartoons from such geniuses as Pat Oliphant, who pilloried everyone that deserved it regardless of political affiliation.
If Ms. Parker’s train of thought were carried to its very illogical end-of-line, every bookstore in the world should be boycotted for carrying an item that someone happened to find offensive.
It’s called “The First Amendment.” Satire and Parody are Constitutionally protected speech.
But in one thing, Ms. Parker is right. This book is very disrespectful; comparing 45 to a pig is most unfair to the pigs of the world.
The Old Wolf has spoken.
¹ Someone needs to write this book:
ok and ok
“But in one thing, Ms. Parker is right. This book is very disrespectful; comparing 45 to a pig is most unfair to the pigs of the world.” – I totally agree.
Satire is certainly legal under the First Amendment. However, boycotts are in most instances a lawful form of protest.
Neither the red team or the blue team can take a joke. Both only defend free speech when the controversial words or display comports with their own views.
Free speech should not be defended as a matter of convenience , but should be defended for all people. Regardless of how offensive the speech is.
The thing people forget about the First Amendment is that while we are constitutionally protected from *government* persecution for voicing opinions (barring a few things like threatening government officials, or shouting “fire!” in a crowded theater), we are not protected from the *consequences* of our free speech. Just because we *can* say something, doesn’t mean we should. This lady is free to call for a boycott of Barnes and Noble, and I am free to think she’s an idiot.
It is certainly well within your rights to view that individual as an idiot.
However, the consequences of free expression should never be violence.
Derisive debate, ridicule, adroitly worded polemics against your opponent’s stance; sure.
The use of force is the line of demarcation from civilized disagreement.