Questions Waters' presence at UNCA and in AC-T

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Few things prompt me to write the AC-T, but having John Waters speak as one of UNC Asheville's Distinguished Speakers has pushed me over the edge.
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davespicer

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#1
Sep 29, 2007
 
But someone can be called "distinguished" for the terrible as well as the wonderful, and Waters doesn't have the market for depravity cornered. Besides, attending a lecture - or reporting about it - doesn't automatically mean someone agrees with or endorses the speaker.
Lollerkeekles

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#2
Sep 29, 2007
 
Calm down, now, it was a "humanities cultural event".:) You don't want to scare the children.

“Asheville”

Since: Jul 07

Asheville

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#3
Sep 29, 2007
 
funny how the author of this letter states "my chold will never attend UNCA"...

not that an 18 yr old would need a parents permission... but aside from that...

does that mean they would not let the offspring attend columbia university, harvard, yale, or any other school that has had very very controversial speakers?

the purpose of a university is to learn from other peoples lives, and history, and points of view.

what would college be if everyone, every professor, and every speaker had the same view, same interpretation of "art", same political opinion, and everything.

i am truly surprised we dont yet have a wave of "college home school" so that people can protect their offspring from ANYTHING and EVERYTHING.

reminds me of the opening theme to the showtime program "weeds".
Mike

Hendersonville, NC

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Sep 29, 2007
 
Brent Holland wrote:
funny how the author of this letter states "my chold will never attend UNCA"...
not that an 18 yr old would need a parents permission... but aside from that...
does that mean they would not let the offspring attend columbia university, harvard, yale, or any other school that has had very very controversial speakers?
the purpose of a university is to learn from other peoples lives, and history, and points of view.
what would college be if everyone, every professor, and every speaker had the same view, same interpretation of "art", same political opinion, and everything.
i am truly surprised we dont yet have a wave of "college home school" so that people can protect their offspring from ANYTHING and EVERYTHING.
reminds me of the opening theme to the showtime program "weeds".
When was the last time a conservative speaker came to UNCA or is it just limited to liberal points of view? By the way, most all universities have the same point of view and the same political opinion. That's why they are all going to hell in a handbasket.
Thad Eckard

Taylorsville, NC

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Sep 29, 2007
 
You want to censor what I can see? I'll see you dead before that happens. Why on earth do you think you can keep any man, including your son, from attending any college he chooses? And, you are not even considering Waters' contributions like Cry Baby, Serial Mom, & Hairspray. Waters in pure genius, and you are obviously far from it.
Bill

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Sep 29, 2007
 
Mike wrote:
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When was the last time a conservative speaker came to UNCA or is it just limited to liberal points of view? By the way, most all universities have the same point of view and the same political opinion. That's why they are all going to hell in a handbasket.
Yeah, yeah. The president of Iran just spoke at Columbia and he is a well-known liberal...NOT. It sounds like you are afraid to have an open debate based on free speech (in the Constitution by the way). It sounds like you are afraid your idea of the world could not stand the heat. It also sounds like you never went to a university. I am tired of the neo-cons saying "oh, woe is me, everyone is biased against me." We are not biased, we just find your positions untenable in the modern world. They would work great in the 1950's US.

“Asheville”

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#7
Sep 29, 2007
 
Bill: I couldnt have said it better myself.

“Why do ya need to know that?”

Since: Feb 07

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#8
Sep 29, 2007
 
I can and will say it better. There is nothing wrong with calling oneself a "liberal" and doing good deeds. What is wrong with calling oneself a "liberal" is when one expects all of society to give up all to do the same. Personal responsibility and accountability has to come in to play, somewhere.

Conservative people have heart. Lots of it. They just prefer the hard way, I guess. You know, actually working for what you need/want, giving, but as a hand up, not a life style. Not in using the whole village to raise the countryside.

I am not one bit afraid to defend my stances. Others can agree with me, or disagree. However, I will not ever choose to freely support those, other than the disabled or the elderly, of my own free will, who sit back and live off society because they dont feel they need to work when it can just be handed to them. Those who simply refuse to better themselves regardless of any circumstance.

Nor do I think it is in the best interest of anybody to promote PC out the ying-yang and that one probably comes from both parties. Nothing wrong with calling something as it is. If it hurts someones feelings, so be it. Truth is truth, and it often hurts.

Be what you are. Be proud of it. Just also realize that there are many others in this big world who will not ever, never have, and never will think as you do.

“Asheville”

Since: Jul 07

Asheville

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#9
Sep 29, 2007
 
I agree Dunnin.

I like you.

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#10
Sep 29, 2007
 
Brent Holland wrote:
I agree Dunnin.
I like you.
LOL. Brent. Thanks. But I am far from a liberal here. Just a "free thinker", I guess. Back on the old forum I had a pal named simply "fred". I miss him. That was what he called me.

Maybe that is why, with the exception of very few, I tolerate a few others better than some.

“Asheville”

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Asheville

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#11
Sep 29, 2007
 
there is nothing wrong with not being a liberal... some of my best friends are often wrong...lol

just kidding..

nah.. u are a.ok. in my book.

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