That is precisely what it means – among other things. These days, it seems every Tom, Dick and Harry is at it. Someone makes a joke (usually a poor one) and the professionally offended, waiting, poised like coiled springs for the offence mechanism to trigger, spring like banshees wailing their distress, into action. In this case, with a lawsuit.
There was a time when people recognised that freedom of speech is sometimes ugly. That sometimes people say things you don’t like and, quelle horreur, insult your religion. Not any more. The paper-thin skins have won the day. Ours is a sterile world where freedom of speech no longer applies. Frankly, anyone could be offended by anything should they choose to. And therein lies the core of the matter, they choose to.
Leno’s joke “clearly exposes plaintiff, other Sikhs and their religion to hatred, contempt, ridicule and obloquy because it falsely portrays the holiest place in the Sikh religion as a vacation resort owned by a non-Sikh”, Mr Dhillon said in his petition.
It does nothing of the sort, of course and I’d like to think that any sane judge hearing this cockwaffle would throw it out with an exhortation for the plaintiff to grow the fuck up (and maybe a hefty fine for wasting the court’s time), but I’m not holding my breath.
Freedom of speech RIP.