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Dear FCC: Free speech should be for everyone… even Stephen Colbert

Image via AP/Jason DeCrow

Image via AP/Jason DeCrow

After a now infamous, fiery rant on “The Late Show,” Stephen Colbert has left many conservatives, Trump supporters, and even members of the LGBT community up in arms. The comedian and late night host shot off a slew of jokes at the expense of President Trump and the current administration, as well as one joke deemed homophobic after alluding to more-than-friendly relationship between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Regardless of the jokes being in poor taste, Americans must defend the free speech rights of all Americans, regardless of political affiliation. Only in the United States could one make such obscene jokes about the Commander in Chief and get away with it. And that’s part of what makes this country so great.

But most recently, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai promised to look into the remarks after receiving a number of complaints.

“We are going to take the facts that we find and we are going to apply the law as it’s been set out by the Supreme Court and other courts and we’ll take the appropriate action,” said Pai.

A federal investigation is not only bureaucratic overkill, but it also further reiterates the narrative of the Left of President Trump being delicate and volatile when someone bruises his ego. Why not rise above it and deny liberals the satisfaction of proving their point?

For the sake of continuity and practicing what we preach, conservatives must allow speech at the expense of the Trump Administration. It would be the ultimate demonstration of hypocrisy if we were to slap the wrists of liberals making anti-Trump jokes after having spent the last eight years making fun of Barack Obama. Not only that, conservatives should hold themselves to a higher standard as it relates to defending the rights enshrined in the Constitution. Free speech is for everyone — conservatives and liberals alike.

Instead of calling for the firing of Stephen Colbert, conservatives who were offended should let free markets do their job and simply stop watching the show. If enough people were truly upset by his remarks, they’ll stop tuning in. From there, “The Late Show” rankings will sink and send an even stronger message than hashtag activists calling for his removal on Twitter. An investigation and demand for termination is a dangerous and slippery slope.

It is pertinent that conservatives and liberals alike maintain consistent and unbiased standards for free speech. We cannot pick and choose speech that is allowed and banned based on who we voted for, what comedians we enjoy, or our senses of humor. It’s hypocritical and goes against the grain of American culture and society; free speech is a right given to any and all Americans regardless of political affiliation. To ignore that is un-American.

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