Consider those words: hate speech.
When the Left uses them, they act as if the first word hate is an adjective categorizing speech they deem improper. In reality, they mean the first word to be a verb. The phrase becomes a command. They want us to hate speech, especially speech that challenges them.
Robust, free speech challenges all of us, and comedy forces us to laugh at our own silliness. Consider this famous scene about four humorless activists from Life of Brian—
Watch Eric Idle toward the end. He’s obviously trying not to burst out laughing at the absurdity of the material.
John Cleese is putting together a stage version of Life of Brian. Some actors reading the script urged that the I Want to Have Babies scene be cut, but Cleese has refused to drop it. Bravo! He can still do so here, but in other countries making a joke can now be punished as a hate crime.
I intend to continue to laugh. If that makes me a hate criminal, so be it.