You will own nothing and you will be happy...
I was being intentionally provocative by stating that Spacey was the victim in this case. I know that's a very uncomfortable thing to say - but it is factual. Spacey was the victim of a false allegation in this specific case.And here we get to the truth of the matter, your honest opinion, which has nothing to do with Morrissey's freedom of speech. Sympathizing with a sex offender isn't really any different than being a sex offender. Spacey is facing more sexual assault charges in the UK, I'm sure he will appreciate your sympathy and support, he's been criminally charged.
And this little gem, totally innocent, a victim -
A judge in Los Angeles this summer approved an arbitrator's decision to order Spacey to pay $30.9 million to the makers of "House of Cards" for violating his contract by sexually harassing crew members.
Again, your comments have nothing to do with your allegation that Morrissey has been stripped of his freedom of speech
I can't comment in any way on any of the criminal charges made against Spacey. His guilt or innocence will be for the courts to determine. If he's guilty - then he should answer for his behaviour before the law. He certainly shouldn't be tried in the court of public opinion.
Again, being intentionally provocative - both Spacey and Weinstein very quickly became figures of hate and opprobrium long before any courtroom trial. Let's be brutally honest why - because Spacey fitted the homophobic stereotype of the gay man who's a threat to teenage boys, and Weinstein fitted the anti-semitic stereotype of the Ugly Jew who's a threat to virgins. These tropes run very deep.
Again, when it comes to freedom of speech - it's the consequences that are important. I don't think anyone should be burned at the stake for speaking freely - metaphorically or literally. I'm not religious so I really try to avoid making moral judgments about people's views and opinions. To me all views and opinions are worth hearing - because my views and opinions might be wrong. Very happy though to make judgments about behaviour and actions. I'm a humanist, so respect for life and liberty are part of my ethical outlook on life. But if we restrict views and opinions then as a human race we really are f***ed. There is no progress without people challenging what we all think is 'true' and 'right'. Many advances of human progress started off by being seen as 'false' and 'wrong'. Banning slavery is a good example - that took several hundred years to be accepted. And that's before we even get into the subject of whether we should restrict views and opinions because they are 'offensive'. That is the most subjective criterion of all and I don't think should be part of any sensible adult's outlook on life.