Before I quote facts I will first say that I think that Duck Dynasty is one huge contradiction to what the United States wants to project to other nations but are laws were written to guard freedom of Speech. The world is already shaken its head how we have treated our own president because in other countries people get jailed, murdered, etc for disrespecting their presidents, kings, queens, emperors or empress. The one of the worse presidents we ever had which was Bush wasn’t disrespected like Obama. You see the contradiction?
It’s no secret that A&E, Cracker Barrell and other associated businesses chose to bow down because money would be lost from the revenues ( advertisers ) . After all the franchise and cast of the show has made their money. They chose to dismiss all evidence of homophobia and racism because of money but if you look at who viewing the show it becomes obvious why the show has become to successful in the same reason why American Idol, The Bachelor, The Bachelorette and other shows have succeeded. Its all about demographics and economics.
Now with that being said what does that say about the future of television. If every ethnic reality TV show decided to do the same thing how would people react to that?
Lets no forget the incident that occurred at Cracker Barrel just some years ago. If you need a reminder click here.
Here are more facts on Freedom of Speech.
Freedom of speech is the political right to communicate one’s opinions and ideas using one’s body and property to anyone who is willing to receive them. The termfreedom of expression is sometimes used synonymously, but includes any act of seeking, receiving and imparting information or ideas, regardless of the medium used. In practice, the right to freedom of speech is not absolute in any country and the right is commonly subject to limitations, as with libel, slander, obscenity, sedition(including, for example inciting ethnic hatred), copyright violation, revelation of information that is classified or otherwise.
The right to freedom of expression is recognized as a human right under Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and recognized in international human rights law in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). Article 19 of the ICCPR states that “[e]veryone shall have the right to hold opinions without interference” and “everyone shall have the right to freedom of expression; this right shall include freedom to seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds, regardless of frontiers, either orally, in writing or in print, in the form of art, or through any other media of his choice”. Article 19 goes on to say that the exercise of these rights carries “special duties and responsibilities" and may "therefore be subject to certain restrictions" when necessary "[f]or respect of the rights or reputation of others" or "[f]or the protection of national security or of public order (order public), or of public health or morals".
Freedom of speech may be legally curtailed in some jurisdictions (including some religious legal systems) where it is found to cause religious or racial offence, such as by the Racial and Religious Hatred Act 2006 in the United Kingdom.
Concepts of freedom of speech can be found in early human rights documents. England’s Bill of Rights 1689 granted ‘freedom of speech in Parliament’ and is still in effect. The Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen, adopted during the French Revolution in 1789, specifically affirmed freedom of speech as an inalienable right. The Declaration provides for freedom of expression in Article 11, which states that:
"The free communication of ideas and opinions is one of the most precious of the rights of man. Every citizen may, accordingly, speak, write, and print with freedom, but shall be responsible for such abuses of this freedom as shall be defined by law."
Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted in 1948, states that:
"Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers."
Today freedom of speech, or the freedom of expression, is recognized in international and regional human rights law. The right is enshrined in Article 19 of theInternational Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights, Article 13 of the American Convention on Human Rightsand Article 9 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights. Based on John Milton's arguments, freedom of speech is understood as a multi-faceted right that includes not only the right to express, or disseminate, information and ideas, but three further distinct aspects:
- the right to seek information and ideas;
- the right to receive information and ideas;
- the right to impart information and ideas