Just a few weeks after its launch, FIRE’s newest video has reached 75,000 views—OK, 76,702 as of this writing—and the numbers keep on rising! If you have yet to see it, you should watch it right away.
The video, Don’t Mess with Firefly! How SciFi Fans Made a Campus Safe for Free Speech, outlines the case of University of Wisconsin-Stout theater professor Jim Miller. With FIRE’s help, Miller recently won a battle with the university administration to be allowed to express himself through posters on his office door-one of which featured a quote from the widely acclaimed science fiction television series Firefly. The university absurdly deemed the poster threatening, and in turn threatened Professor Miller with censorship and criminal charges. Miller came to FIRE for help, and through our work—along with the wide support of the Firefly fan network and Firefly actors Nathan Fillion and Adam Baldwin, as well as a tweet from legendary author Neil Gaiman to his 1.7 million Twitter followers—the case was rectified.
We at FIRE are extremely pleased to see such an egregious violation of speech rights made right with the help of so many people. And the numbers just keep on growing!
Want to help spread the word, and win some money in the process? FIRE is also collaborating with Prizes.org to give away $500 in prizes for the best tweet promoting the video. Don’t miss out—enter today!
Schools: University of Wisconsin – Stout Cases: University of Wisconsin – Stout: Censorship, Referral to Threat Assessment Team, and Threat of Criminal Charges after Professor Puts Posters Outside Office Door