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Freedom of speech at its best.

The past December 25th, Christmas Day, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg could finally release their most expected movie, The Interview. This comedy film could probably best described as a political satire comedy. The arguement says it all; two men are sent to North Korea to kill their “beloved” leader Kim Jong Un, the both of them saying they want to actually interview him.

Why has this film caused such controversies? This is the first movie to suggest the assasination of a country’s leader, and what’s worse is that the leader we are talking about, has his country under a severe dictatorship, having his people unable to know what’s outside their country and definetly unable to have any kind of freedom speech.

When the news of an America film being about his own assasination arrived to Kim Jong Un’s ears he did what he is best at, he threatened the United States and the film’s distributor, Columbia pictures, and told them to stop The Interview from being released.

However, not caring about the leader’s words it was finally released last month through several American theaters and online streamings , making it the most succesful online movie and grossing over $5 million at the U.S’s box office.

Why is this a triumph for freedom speech? Why is this freedom of speech at its best? Because two young directors have achieved making a video ridiculizing the leader of a country that is still unknown to the outside world, a country where it is known that several crimes against humanity are done. Not being afraid of releasing a film like that because outside North Korea we have said freedom speech, that is why The Interview, is freedom of speech at its best.

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Je ne suis pas Charlie.

Je suis Charlie, I am Charlie in French, three words that have been repited all over the world for the past week and a slogan endorsementing freedom of speech and press. After the terrorist attack in the headquarters of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, the whole world, incluiding presidents from different countries, have been supporting the magazine and its editors defending that the magazine is the definition of freedom of speech. The question is, is it really?

One of the most important values that we are taugth when we are young is that respect should be a number 1 thing in our lives. Respecting a religion, a point of view, a culture, a person as a whole, should be something. What is the most surprising is how most people, by supporting the magazine, also support Charlie Hebdo’s offensive cartoons, of in this case, Muhammad, an Islamic prophet who to muslims, is supposed to be the last prophet sent by God to the world. Shouldn’t religion be respected?

I am by no means defending any terrorist organization. Defending your beliefs should never bring you to kill anybody. But being a religion such an important topic, being something millions of people grab a hold of just to keep living, shouldn’t be something to ridiculize.

Islam has many dos and don’ts and one of said dont’s is to never draw Muhammad. It is truly disrespectful for them, and satirical magazines like Charlie Hebso itself don’t seem to understand.

Freedom speech is the right to communicate your opinions to other people. Giving your opinion should never offend a person as hard as offending their religion beliefs. That is the reason why I am not Charlie Hebdo.

Say no to terrorism attacks, but also say no to disrespect.

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Catalonia’s Independence, is it worth it?

For the last few years, Catalonia’s wish of becoming an independent country has become a topic of interest for many. Having their own culture, language and traditions, a good number of catalans feel the need to express their desire of becoming a country. Read more of this post