Thursday, June 10, 2004

France Sucks, Part XLIII

PARIS - French actress-turned-animal rights activist Brigitte Bardot was convicted Thursday of inciting racial hatred and ordered to pay $6,000 — the fourth such fine for the former sex symbol since 1997.

The Paris court sentenced Bardot, 69, for remarks in her book “A Scream in the Silence,” an outspoken attack on gays, immigrants and the jobless that shocked France last year.

In the book, she laments the “Islamization of France” and the “underground and dangerous infiltration of Islam.”
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Her remarks seem to be boorish and profane, but at least in the U.S. and the rest of the civilised world it would be up to the readers if her remarks should have shelfspace in the marketplace of ideas - not the nannystate.

Essay - find one instance where John Ashcroft or the Bush Administration have fined, jailed or otherwise punished a writer for his words. Answers must discuss racism, the free speech movement, trends in First Amendment Law and the role of the marketplace. You have two hours. Begin.
Bad Aging Starlet! No twenty minute standing O at Cannes for you!


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