Never saw the show. Not one much for television. But I’ve been following the bruhaha regarding the patriarch of the show who made his feelings known about homosexuality in a recent major magazine piece. The company that makes his show immediately suspended him. Extremists from Sarah Palin to friends of mine weighed in quickly, calling the suspension a dangerous infringement on Free Speech.
I disagree. I think it’s a right-wing dream. The patriarch had free speech. He exercised it. The free market people who make the show he’s in used their discretion to suspend him for those remarks. Isn’t that a perfect example of what the conservatives want? Work for hire and all that? The ability of a boss to fire someone/anyone, regardless of years of service, just because they feel like it? That’s work for hire. That’s unfettered capitalism. So I don’t see the problem here–in terms of a conservative mindset.
But if, and since I don’t know the company very well so it’s a big if, IF this is company policy, then that’s that. If this is a new policy, then I’m not sure. The way they phrased it in the press release, that this has been their policy, well, if that’s true then there really is no argument with A&E, other than they put their money where their mouths are. Everyone knows the basic rules: You keep your mouth shut or pay the price. And in the conservative agenda of late, the free markets, the right to work states that are busting unions, this has never been more clear. That was my point: You want right to work, that means right to fire on a whim. And there is no complaining if someone is a right to work advocate. So no one who is an advocate for right to work/union busting has the right to say a single word about this. This is what they worked for, this is what they get. In terms of this particular guy, the suspension will probably last a few months when the show is shut down and he’ll be asked to deal with the issue when the show starts up again. The company will not have the balls to follow through, and I’m sorry about that. I root for his right of free speech/I applaud a company willing to forego dough in the name of what they believe in.