Following the controversy over conservative author and political pundit Ann Coulter's planned speech at the University of California, Berkeley — ultimately cancelled — critics on both sides of the political spectrum continued the debate.
“Hate speech” that should be suppressed on the nation's college campuses or freedom of speech, protected by the First Amendment?
During an appearance on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” Friday, actor Richard Dreyfuss sided with those who believe the latter.
"You were talking about speakers on college campuses — I am totally, incontrovertibly, on your side about this. I think that any intrusion into freedom of speech is an intrusion into freedom of speech.
When one of the presidents of one of the colleges said 'this is a school, not a battlefield,' I said, 'no, it is a battlefield — of ideas — and we must have dissident, dissenting opinions on campuses.'"
In Dreyfuss's view, the firestorm over Coulter was “politically correctness taken to a nightmarish point of view.”
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) agrees with Dreyfuss — to an extent, even if only one side shows up on the battlefield. Warren told CNN's Jake Tapper:
“Ann Coulter has just gotten a much bigger platform because someone tried to deny her a chance to speak. My view is: Let her speak and don’t show up. If you don’t like it, don’t show up.”
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) agrees, as well — albeit much more to the “hateful” point:
Ironically, it was Berkeley where the “Free Speech Movement” began in 1964.