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Bart & Fleming: Charlie Hebdo And The Price Of Free Speech; Golden Globes And Our Equally Dubious Awards

11 January 2015 1:15 PM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Peter Bart and Mike Fleming Jr. worked together for two decades at Daily Variety. In this weekly column, two old friends get together and grind their axes, mostly on the movie business. 

Bart: The demonstrations in Paris in response to the Charlie Hebdo assassinations have been stirring, but now come the inevitable debates about “correctness” and “sensitivities.” Salman Rushdie refers to emergence of the “but brigade” – those leaders who advocate free expression, but…

There’s no room for a “but” – and all the constraints that entails. Were the French cartoonists wrong in creating their cartoons? No, I applaud them. That’s what political satire is all about. Were Seth Rogen and James Franco wrong in depicting a specific North Korean dictator? No, their film was, once again, political satire — albeit a clumsy one — and specificity added to its relevance. At many American universities these days, scores of political speakers are »

- Peter Bart and Mike Fleming Jr

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