Blog Exercises: Stand Up For Freedom of Speech

I went to the 1972 Milwaukee Summerfest. After Carlin was arrested for performing his “Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television” routine, my views on the need to be open and transparent changed forever! George Carlin is an American Hero and pretty damn funny!

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There are 400,000 words in the English language, and there are seven you can’t say on television. What a ratio that is! 399,993 to 7. They must really be baaaad. They must be OUTRAGEOUS to be separated from a group that large. “All of you words over here, you seven…baaaad words.” That’s what they told us, right?

– George Carlin

I adored George Carlin, his concerts, his books, his brilliance. If you are unfamiliar with the wisdom and comedic genius of George Carlin, start with his Wikipedia page.

George Carlin on stage, source Wikipedia.George Carlin achieved fame early in his career but rose to superstar status when the US Federal Communications Department (FCC) confronted him over the usage of his famous “Seven Dirty Words” comedy routine. They used his comedy routine to create (some say reinforce) the law that gave the US government the power to regulate indecent material on public…

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One thought on “Blog Exercises: Stand Up For Freedom of Speech

  1. How cool is that! Good for you.

    How did they change? What were they before and what did they become?

    Glad I’m not alone in thinking Carlin is a hero, even beyond the US. No matter what your value or moral stance was, he could get you to question it – not just it but every word. He challenged us to think about how we say things and how we do things, calling us hypocrites all the way. We need someone like Carlin who challenges us to be us all the time now. Is there anyone out there like that? Sometimes Eddie Izzard comes close, but then he is a combo Bill Cosby/George Carlin/who knows what for Americans. Do we have a Carlin today to make us rethink all our thinking? 😀


    PS: So how was the Summerfest? Would love details.


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