Art and Culture # 18: Amazon Banning Books!

3 Mar

We start off the day, as this might be old news, but this is a subject that pertains to art and culture. Amazon, according to deadline, removed a book “When Harry Became Sally” by Ryan T. Anderson, as the book provides “thoughtful answers to questions arising from our transgender moment” and “a balanced approach to public policy on gender identity, and a sober assessment of the human costs of getting human nature wrong.” 

The problem with censorship is that where and who owns words, and why should people be banned for “offensive” speech when our 1st Amendment guarantees our right to freedom of speech all the time. No matter whether you find it offensive or not because people need there right to speak and publish however they like. Just because liberals don’t like something doesn’t mean they should ban it, or Vice Versa. 

            If you suppress speech, images, then it becomes more viable, as when banning books about the prophet Muhammed, also represent the idea of freedom of speech, not just for the author, but for those who disagree with the author, in general. 

            What the problems then foretold is that while offense is a hotly debated word with many meanings, the Amazon hate speech laws shouldn’t be this archaic, because if you ban one book, you must ban them all. 

            On the Amazon website, it states clearly, “Amazon’s Offensive Products policies apply to all products except books, music, video and DVD.” This is why Amazon has always been risky when it comes to selling my books on their platform, and any additional law they create will result in an easy win for Mr. Anderson.

            While I have made the case for not selling my work on Amazon, this only confirms the fears that I have thought, and most of everyone else knew. Freedom of Speech matters to a free society, where art and culture, on both sides, can exist. If it doesn’t, then America is not in a free society. 

            Britain has hate speech laws and if America veers down that path Art and Culture will not differ from society, and resemble, according to Bret Easton Ellis, a “bland corporate” look with art “that appeals on a global audience” with no eccentricity.

            The question remains: Why would Amazon ban a book like Ryan T. Anderson? It doesn’t hurt anyone to ask questions about Transgenderism. If the book wasn’t a best seller, it wouldn’t have been banned. Usually banning books or art doesn’t happen until the book becomes popular. It’s not about the Transgender issue, because money is all that Amazon cares about. Not art. 

            I realize that while Amazon may be a private company, we have to “accept it” but there should be pushback to this idea. Freedom of Speech should always be protected, and fought for, in print and disagreed with in conversation, and fought for the public square. 

            But in 2021, America is facing the days when freedom of speech must be fought for, and while individuals can sue companies, freedom of speech is about protecting not only big companies, but smaller writers and entertainers when they challenge the norms of the day. 

            Freedom of Speech is as much part of Art and Culture as the words, images, and music created to embody each specific art form that they can create. I and anyone else can disagree and discuss why people must be able to say what they think, even if it offends me. People need and yearn to be offended, and to deny that very right, and to let the opposing party discuss the implications of Transgenderism, religion (and books defaming their prophets), risqué films, that all must be heard and debated in the public square.

Source:

Haring,  Bruce. Amazon Under Fire For Erasing Transgender Movement Book From Its Sales Site. Deadline. Feb. 27th, 2021. https://deadline.com/2021/02/amazon-under-fire-for-removing-transgender-study-1234702507/. Deadline. Found March 2, 2021.

“Amazon Seller Central” https://sellercentral.amazon.com/gp/help/external/200164670. Found March 2nd, 2021.

“Bret Easton Ellis on ‘American Psycho’, Hollywood Hypocrisy, and the Excesses of #MeToo. ReasonTV. Youtube. August 22, 2018.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CeCOSuh0XBk&t=2422s. Found March 2nd, 2021

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