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Robin Williams censored by the Oscars, free speech in the US dies a little more this year. He wasn't allowed to sing about the losers trying to "out" Spongebob Squarepants.

   Full story is at Yahoo News. Article was posted on March 1 by ChuckyG

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MrMacphisto - March 06, 2005 - Report this comment
Not really surprising...
Steve K. - March 07, 2005 - Report this comment
No one was trying to "out" Spongebob. The website which ran the video containing Spongebob and several other (normally unrelated) cartoon characters invited visitors to endorse some kind of pledge which the religious right took to be an endorsement of the gay lifestyle. About "free speech", remember that the First Amendment only means that the GOVERNMENT can't tell you what so say (or not say). The producers of the Oscar show are a PRIVATE organization, and thus are allowed to regulate what is said (or not) in the show.
MrMacphisto - March 07, 2005 - Report this comment
True... but it's always good to point what agendas a show panders to, if the said show has an image that contradicts what it's really about. In the case of the Oscars, they have the image of being liberal, and with Chris Rock's routine about Bush, you could say that. Then again, by censoring Robin Williams, they obviously have a conservative side as well. It just goes to show that the Oscars aren't really liberal or conservative.
whistle-building - March 09, 2005 - Report this comment
I think censorship is getting way too out of control. I believe that if somebody is offended by someting that happens in the media, they should ignore it. I don't remember hearing about anybody forcing anybody to watch SpongeBob SquarePants. I don't understand how Dobson's mind works. If I remember correctly, he's also the one who tried to say one of the Teletubbies was gay. His teachings are so twisted if you compare them to the Bible. The Bible doesn't say that you can't be gay. It does say that it's not the way God intended it, but the world today is so twisted, that people just live that way. I believe the ones he was talking about are the ones who decide to be gay for a change of pace, but some people are born that way, and they cannot change that. I am straight, and I think of it like people trying to tell me to like members of the same sex. That's basically what people like Dobson are doing to the gays, telling them to like members of the opposite sex, when they can't. They can't control it, it's just how they are. Back on topic, Robin Williams did a parody of Dobson's idea of SpongeBob being gay, but they wouldn't let them show it so nobody would get offended? Well, every time I watch TV, I find so much that would be offensive to some people, and I don't even get cable. Now these people are worried about a stupid little parody that's supposed to be a joke?! I find that stupid. Sorry, I know that was long.
MrMacphisto - March 10, 2005 - Report this comment
I think Jerry Falwell was the one who was saying that purple Teletubby was gay. I'm just waiting for someone to say Barney is gay.... Speaking of the gay thing, I don't understand why people focus so much on it. I'm not gay, and I really don't care if two gay people wanna get married or do whatever. It's their business, not the government's or of the religious nutcases in this country....
squeekymouse - March 02, 2006 - Report this comment
i think that Tinky Winky is a little bit weird..........................but i don't get why they have gay things like that on Teletubbies and Sesame Street. i'm not gay, and gay people don't bother me all that much, but i don't get it.

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