Censorship: Kay Anderson vs. Michael Moore
Is controversial documentary is about our first amendment rights. Although, we as Americans are guaranteed the right to have freedom of speech, Kay Anderson and his allies would like to limit who or what message the town of Orem, Utah is exposed to. Simply because Mister Anderson does not agree with the political views of Michael Moore, he wants to censor what the whole town is allowed to hear. Utah Valley State College (UVSC) is located in Orem where Michael Moore was scheduled to speak.
Since the tickets were sold to college age or older persons, one would surmise that those individuals attending would not be easily swayed by what Kay Anderson sees as the evil of Michael Moore’s message. Why should the general public in Orem not enjoy the same liberties that Kay Anderson does in determining who or what message they want to hear? It is as simple as if the person wanted to hear Michael Moore’s message, they bought the ticket to his speaking engagement.Many of the college age students that Mister Anderson was trying to shelter from Michael Moore’s message were made more curious simply because of the uproar caused by Kay Anderson’s shenanigans. Mister Anderson is a bully who was trying to limit the choices of others in Orem. Just because Mister Anderson might not share Michael Moore’s political views, why should the general population of Orem have no say in whom or what they are exposed to? Bringing Sean Hannity to speak at the UVSC campus was just a way to try to placate the Mister Anderson.It did not help the money situation. It actually cost the college a little more money just paying Sean Hannity’s travel expenses than paying Michael Moore’s speaking fee and travel expenses.
In the end just because Kay Anderson and a few students disagreed with Jim Bassi and Joe Vogel’s decision to bring a controversial speaker to the UVSC a campus was divided. With the loss of revenue from alumni donations, the college was the one hurt in the end.