Colby College held the premiere of ‘Can We Take a Joke?’ on April 13 in the Mary Low Coffee House. It was very well received. All the attendees loved the movie and agreed on the need for free speech to prevail against the restrictive force of political correctness. The attendees especially loved the hilarious remarks made by the legend, Gilbert Gottfried.
Free speech is especially relevant at Colby because of uproar over activity on Yik Yak this past year. Some people at Colby have voiced support for even more restrictive policies.
After the screening, we led a discussion in which the attendees talked about how censorship does not have a place at Colby, and also about the difference between free speech and actual harassment. This was a good lead-up to our protest of Colby’s restrictive harassment policy to take place next week. There is an optimistic outlook for the promotion of free speech at Colby College. This screening was a step in creating a culture of liberty on campus.