August 05, 2011

Something tells me if it was George W. Bush on the product ...

... there would be NO problem with it being sold:

Breath mints are usually refreshing, but a Knoxville legislator believes a University of Tennessee bookstore’s selling of novelty candies mocking President Barack Obama stinks.

UT officials pulled the mints poking fun at Obama from store shelves after state Rep. Joe Armstrong, a Democrat, visited the bookstore and told the director he found the satirical mints offensive.

“When you operate on state and federal dollars, you ought to be sensitive to those type of politically specific products,” Armstrong said. “If it was a private entity or corporation or store, (that’s different), but this is a state university. We certainly don’t want in any way to put the university in a bad light by having those political (products), particularly aimed at defaming the president.”

The tin can of mints has a blue and red image of the president with the words: “This is change? Disappointmints.”

Armstrong had received a call from an offended student. Oh my!

Instapundit's Glenn Reynolds (also a law professor) notes,

Free speech is free speech. If you make fun of the president in a mint, it is just as much free speech as it is if you make fun of the president in a political cartoon.

So, I wonder if Armstrong would demand the college newspaper cease "offensive" political cartoons and editorials because “when you operate on state and federal dollars, you ought to be sensitive to those type of politically specific [messages] ..."


Posted by Hube at August 5, 2011 12:22 PM | TrackBack

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