Pyrrho wrote:I think the customers who are complaining about it, up to and including the President of the United States, are overreacting and are acting like children.
Some customers are overreacting and are acting like children, but in my opinion, most aren't.
Perhaps I am not clear on the point you are trying to make.
Most customers who don't like what they see on TV simply change the channel, or in the case of a live event in a sports stadium, simply stop buying tickets. That is not necessarily a childish reaction or an overreaction. That's simply how a free market works.
No one is required to see or listen to anything they don't want to see or hear. Free speech does not include the right to make anyone listen or watch. Walking away from something one does not want to hear or see is a perfectly normal reaction.
In my opinion, the NFL player-protesters are behaving like spoiled brats. They are claiming a right for themselves that almost no one else in the US has. Those players do not have my sympathy.
Pyrrho wrote:Companies can rightfully set whatever rules they like, and can penalize their employees however they wish. Freedom of speech is still viable, even if there are consequences such as losing one's job. These days, society seems all too wiling to sacrifice that freedom, even people who are vociferous about defending that freedom, even people who have sworn oaths to defend that freedom, and I find that to be far more troubling than a handful of professional athletes silently taking a knee or raising a fist.
Except that the First Amendment applies only to government, not private organizations.
No one has a right to come onto your private property and say (or express) whatever they want. More specifically, in the workplace, no employee (while on the job) has the right to make controversial political protests in front of the paying customers. The NFL players are demanding a right that almost no one else has.
Example: When the Dallas Cowboys wanted to express their support for recently shot Dallas police officers, the NFL said no. Where was the outrage at the NFL then for suppression of speech? And there are many more examples of how the NFL restricts players expression while on the job. No celebrating in the endzone, etc. As is their right as a private business. And none of that is a violation of any labor law.
Now that I've complained and expressed my opinion, are you going to accuse me personally of overreacting and acting like a child?