In response to a petition to kick Jimmy Kimmel off of his show for saying something offensive about China, the White House addressed this issue and said:
“”The Federal government cannot force ABC to remove this show,” a statement from the White House read. “The First Amendment of the Constitution protects free speech, even if individuals might personally find it offensive or distasteful. It may be upsetting when people say things we might personally disagree with, but the principle of protected free speech is an important part of who we are as a nation.“
There you have it, folks. Straight from the White House in a direct response to a Jimmy Kimmel petition. In what was quoted above, they didn’t make claims that the 1st Amendment protects you from government interference. They made a pretty clear point that the 1st Amendment is here for us all.
While Freedom of Speech rights is dying in this day and age only very few celebrities survive it. Glad Jimmy isn’t going through what Phil Robertson and Evander Holyfield is going through. So congrats to Jimmy. He got lucky on this one!
EDIT TO ADD: I forgot to add that as long as you don’t say anything bad about gay people, you get to have your freedom of speech rights, damn liberals!!!! Damn ’em all to hell!!!!