Here’s what happened in the speech world this past week, and an awesome bonus video from our neighbors up north!
April 30, 2017
The microphone at Game 3 of the series between the Edmonton Oilers and the Anaheim Ducks decided not to work for the Star Spangled Banner. The crowd took over and finished the anthem with ease. To everyone at that game, watching thee rise surely made our hearts glow.
May 3, 2017
A new poll out of Yale University showed that 72% of Yale students oppose the idea of speech codes, while only 16% support them. Students were also asked the following question:
Which of the following statements comes closer to your own personal opinion? Yale should always do its best to promote intellectual diversity and free speech by allowing a wide range of people with differing views and opinions to speak on campus OR Yale should forbid people from speaking on campus who have controversial views and opinions on issues like politics, race, religion or gender
A whopping 84% of students chose the first statement, while only 5% chose the second.
You can read more about this poll, here.
May 5, 2017
Comedian Stephen Colbert made a joke about Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin. The joke was met with seemingly triggered Conservatives, who then complained so much to the FCC, the agency launched an investigation to see if the joke was too obscene. Colbert had responded to the complaints in a monologue on May 3, two days before the FCC announced the new investigation.
This was Colbert’s response:
Welcome to The Late Show. I’m your host, Stephen Colbert. Still? I am still the host? I’m still the host!! Now, if you saw my monologue Monday, you know that I was a little upset at Donald Trump for insulting a friend of mine. So at the end of that monologue I had a few choice insults for the president in return. I don’t regret that. He, I believe, can take care of himself. I have jokes; he has the launch codes. So, it’s a fair fight. So while I would do it again, I would change a few words that were cruder than they needed to be. I’m not going to repeat the phrase, but I just want to say for the record, life is short, and anyone who expresses their love for another person, in their own way, is to me, an American hero. I think we can all agree on that. I hope even the president and I can agree on that. Nothing else but that.