New FIRE Video: How ‘Firefly’ Fans Saved Free Speech on Campus

By on December 28, 2011

Yesterday, FIRE released our newest short video, Don’t Mess with Firefly: How SciFi Fans Made a Campus Safe for Free Speech. The video, which features an interview with legendary author Neil Gaiman, is a lighthearted look at how the University of Wisconsin-Stout backed down from its censorship of Professor James Miller’s posters, one featuring a quote from the science fiction show Firefly, and the other condemning fascism. Stout stood by its actions until FIRE’s advocacy campaign on Miller’s behalf inspired Gaiman, along with Firefly actors Nathan Fillion and Adam Baldwin, to take to Twitter to encourage their millions of followers to contact the university with their support of free speech.

In celebration of this victory for free speech on campus, which was made possible by the power of free speech in social media, FIRE is working with the new website Prizes.org to offer $500 in prizes for four people who compose the best "tweets" promoting the video. This contest is Prizes.org’s Featured Contest of the week. Visit FIRE’s contest page on Prizes.org to submit your entry for a chance to winand please send this along to your friends so they can suggest tweets as well!

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