You'd think that officials in Australia's Northern Territory would be happy that a slogan promoting tourism there had gone viral. But the Darwin City Council has voted to ban the sale at markets on public property of any merchandise with that very slogan: "CU in the NT." Officials say the slogan is immature and offensive.
"My cousin committed suicide while on duty at the armory after coming home from a tour abroad."
In the best of all possible worlds, such actions wouldn't be necessary. In the current climate, boycotting social media might spark a return to a robust marketplace of ideas.
The Utah Supreme Court upheld a six-month suspension without pay, based in part (though not entirely) on these remarks; the judge has a history of past discipline on other grounds as well.
"I want to be clear that the comments I made are not indicative of who I am or who I've become in the years since."