I’ve been thinking about free speech a lot lately. It seems there are people out there who think they can say anything they want, without any repercussions. To a degree, that’s true, but not entirely.
Free speech means the government can’t censor what you’re saying. But private organizations? College campuses? Places of business? They absolutely can say, “We’re not giving you a platform”. But a lot of people don’t understand that.
Which leads me to Pete Sinclair.
Does Pete have the right to post whatever the hell he wants on his Facebook page? Yes. Does he have the right to act like a jackass on social media? Again, yes. But do other people have the right to call him out on it?
You damn right they do. They also have the right to say, “We’re not supporting BotCon until Pete is gone”.
I can’t say that I blame them on that.
Me personally? I’m still torn. I want to support the convention but I don’t want to support Pete. Granted, his involvement is minimal but it’s still there are it still leaves a foul taste in my mouth. No, this has nothing to do with his politics; I have a couple of conservative friends and we get along well. I’d get along with Pete if he didn’t act like a bully online. But he does and I don’t want to support someone like that.
This really does put a damper on my enthusiasm. The bright side? There’s about sixteen months to take care of this mess.
Things will get better. I keep telling myself that. I just hope I can believe it.