CFN – What was Tom Flanagan thinking as he engaged a crowd? Was it wit? Was it arrogance? Was there a cute boy in the crowd that titillated him?
This video has gone viral on You Tube and Mr. Flanagan has subsequently lost gigs as fast as we’re losing advertisers here in Cornwall Ontario!
Kiddie porn is wrong. The line between art, crime, well…. Mr. Flanagan is entitled to his opinion, but a subject that perhaps would be better over a glass of wine in a quiet room amongst friends was probably not the best of subjects to tackle in a Q&A session in the day and age of smart phones.
Poor Tom has now lost a few plum gigs and I’m sure is being ostracized than myself at a Cornwall Chamber of Commerce event. Is it right or wrong? I think it has to do with human nature and the conformist culture we live in.
And that’s part of the price of being in certain positions in life. If you want the cash and power that comes with lofty job titles you have to give up publicly speaking to certain things even if you believe in them as apparently Mr. Flanagan does.
I will disagree with you Tom. Look at American TV & Movies. The public has been exposed to more and more violence and the US is now a more violent country. I don’t carry cable or satellite TV any longer. While at a friends they had a crime show on where someone’s car was stuck in the mud and churned up a human face splattering the man trying to push the car out.
I was totally shocked while others in the room laughed. Can you imagine? So to your argument that “it’s just pictures”….well if you expose people to stimulus long enough the odds of some of them “crossing the line” is greater and the odds of some of them not getting that there is a line is greater too.
While Mr. Flanagan has done the politically correct mea culpa and apology he’s learned a lesson that many already learned and that while we live in a democracy opinions do count and can get you in an awful lot of trouble. Maybe not the kind of trouble a city councilor gets for ripping up protest signs in the doorway of a council chamber, but still an awful lot of trouble.
What do you think Canada? Do you think Mr. Flanagan should lose his gigs for his opinions? You can post your comments below.