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4/10/12: OZZIE GUILLEN SUSPENDED FOR RESPECTING FIDEL CASTRO; WHAT HAPPENED TO FREEDOM OF SPEECH?

10 Apr

This is the perfect example of “be careful what you say to reporters”.  In today’s world of politically correctness, even if you live in America “The Land of The Free”, some topics are still taboo.  And Ozzie Guillen learned this quickly, when his recent remarks got him suspended for five games, effective immediately.

Miami Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen caused and uproar and protests in for telling Time Magazine reporter, “I respect Fidel Castro for being able to lead Cuba for six decades”.  While the Cuban dictator is hated by many around the world, should Ozzie be punished for speaking his mind?

What’s surprising is this statement had nothing to do with baseball, but clearly caused a problem at his job.  It appears nothing you say at work or home is sacred anymore.  While we were once a country where we prided ourselves with “freedom of speech”, this is now not the case.

Post something on Facebook, Tweet the wrong thing, say one thing out of line on a network….and you are out!  There is nothing you can say at this point that is not scrutinized, so its best to just shut your mouth.  Whether you agree with his statement or not, isn’t this still a country that believes in free speech?

Will we all soon become robots saying only the “right thing”, and not what we truly believe?  Isn’t that how they do things in North Korea?  Are we headed in that direction?  Is the First Amendment out the window…let’s hope not.

Oh wait, maybe I need not ask that question either…probably should just keep that to myself as well.  On the other hand, I don’t have a boss who can fire me at this point, so all bets are off.

What do you think?

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Posted by on April 10, 2012 in HEADLINE NEWS

 

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3 responses to “4/10/12: OZZIE GUILLEN SUSPENDED FOR RESPECTING FIDEL CASTRO; WHAT HAPPENED TO FREEDOM OF SPEECH?

  1. A.J.

    April 10, 2012 at 11:41 pm

    I do not think that Ozzie Guillen deserved to be suspended for his comments, they seemed to be more of a joke than anything. And if they weren’t, I don’t think respecting Fidel Castro is a horrible thing. However, this situation doesn’t have anything to do with freedom of speech. Freedom of speech means that the government cannot prosecute you for something you say. It does not mean that your employer cannot discipline you for something they find distasteful. In this case, with a large anti-Castro Cuban-American demographic in Southern Florida, Guillen’s employers decided to discipline him for his comments. That is their right and is perfectly legal.

     
    • brittaj

      April 11, 2012 at 12:23 am

      AJ, I agree his employer can control what he says but the meaning of free speech is truly….the political right to communicate one’s ideas via speech. The term freedom of expression is sometimes used synonymously, but includes any act of seeking, receiving and imparting information or ideas, regardless of the medium used.

      It just seems like we are controlled more now than ever. Everything said is “against company policy” or “politically incorrect”. Castro has kept his people down, which is a disgrace…so I understand their outrage. I just don’t want the U.S. to become tied down and restricted like many countries like Cuba.

       
  2. barbara

    April 11, 2012 at 10:18 am

    Young people at times, or most of the time, do not understand the meaning of a dictator. So in stead of not allowing him an observation, talk to him about what it means to be a dictator. Stopping him from his expression shows him a good exsample of DICTATORSHIP.

     

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