Jack Thompson Given Freedom Award

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Jack Thompson Given Freedom Award

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Jack Thompson has been given a Freedom Award by America's Freedom Festival in Utah County, a move that GamePolitics says "ignores a troubling list of negatives that stretches from Orem to Salt Lake City."

Thompson, described in the Deseret News as "a lawyer dedicated to protecting children from violence, obscenity and pornography in the media," was given the award for his dedication to the freedom of families, according to America's Freedom Festival Director Paul Warner, who said Thompson put his own career at risk in his fight to keep obscenity out of the media. Warner credited Thompson with having lyrics by 2 Live Crew declared obscene, having the Body Count track "Cop Killer" removed from stores "worldwide," and for forcing Howard Stern off public airwaves.

"For 21 years I have opposed the criminal distribution of adult entertainment to children because Jesus said if any of you should cause one of these little ones to stumble, it would be better for you that a millstone be tied around your neck and you be cast into the uttermost depths of the sea," Thompson said in his acceptance of the award. He added that despite the persecution and ridicule he has faced in his life, he would do it all over again with even more fervor than before.

But as Dennis McCauley of GamePolitics points out, Thompson's Freedom Award overlooks aspects of his life and career including being found guilty of 27 offenses, among them knowingly making false statements and engaging in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation, for which he has been recommended for a ten-year disbarment. Thompson also inclused of gay pornography in his court filings and called for the impeachment of the Utah Attorney General when it was suggested a videogame bill Thompson authored would be unconstitutional.

"There seem to be two possibilities here. One is that the selection committee did not conduct due diligence on its nominee," McCauley writes. "The other is that they didn't care. Perhaps the committee was aware of Thompson's issues but chose to believe that they are part of some vast cultural conspiracy against him waged by liberals, the videogame industry, the Florida Bar, Florida Supreme Court, U.S. District Court, gays, shock radio, Blank-Rome, various judges, the Alabama Bar, etc. But at some point the idea of a conspiracy that vast becomes silly. What's happening to Thompson now seems more like a judiciary consensus on the man's conduct."

Sources: Deseret News, Daily Herald

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...words escape me, give me a moment.

Now I know how Lewis Black felt when he saw those two Starbucks. I mean, an organization with the word "Freedom" in the title giving a man an award for advocating censorship? Gigantic WTF

I'm reluctant to look at the "Freedom Festival"'s web site on this system, as I might end up having to explain why to an amused or angry sys-admin. However I suspect it's targeting the same audience that eats up buzz-words like "freedom" and "homeland" while demanding that everybody do as they say or get out.

-- Steve

Please tell me this is supposed to be ironic. Tell me the world hasn't gone mad.

*EDIT

how long before user jackthompson posts on here, all smug and smarmy.

"Yeah baby, I may be getting disbarred soon, but I got a Freedom award."

Wow, talk about ironic. Jack Thompson gets the freedom award for stopping video game companies from expressing their freedom of expression. Interesting conundrum.

Argh!! What the fuck! OK! THIS IS WHAT WE ARE GOING TO DO! Get all the gamers together and we make an award for him, also get the backing of Rockstar games.

The award can be called the STFU award! A trophy with a massive STFU with jewels incrested!

I actualy admire Jacko's determination and values, even if his practices and idea's aren't the best.

Good for you Jacky!

They do know he submitted porn (gay porn none the less) in a publicly available court document, right? And that he bullies people around?

Methinks someone didn't do their research... Or they just wanted free publicity by backing a loony... either way.

What's he done that warrants and award for shaping history and changing the world for the better, toward freedom for all? Aside from try to ban a couple of video games and rap albums? The guys pro-censorship, if anything he wants us all wired with chips in our heads to make sure we don't see or hear anything he deems "inappropriate". Freedom indeed.

if gaming has its own version of the rasberries. They should give one to him :-)

Ah yes, a "Freedom Award" to the man who wants to limit others "Freedom" of expression, who wants to give people the "Freedom" to agree with his opinion. Freedom has become a serious exercise in DoubleThink lately.

I`m not surprised by this at all, come on its obvious why this happened! HELL HAS FROZEN OVER! First Uwe Boll wins a directors award, now this! Next I`m going to start attracting women and making money! Get used to it people, till global warming kicks in, shit like this is here to stay!

I thought this was just someone using the title to get attention, and it would end up being some lame review. I was disappointed.

oh dear, what has this world come to?

When did the people responsible for choosing the recipient become retarded? Winston Churchill, Elie Weisel, they make sense. Then suddenly we get McCain and George Bush Sr. (McCain wants to stay in Iraq, HW Bush is responsible for letting Saddam live after Desert Storm ended). And now Thompson.

Next year's winner: Adolf Hitler! And then Joseph Stalin!

What is up with you people? A conservative organisation gives a conservative lawyer an award for something they se as positive and you guys talk about it like it is the end of the world. Im glad that the internet is filled with open-minded people who can respect others.

Okay, wow. Wow. The irony has already been restated enough times, but seriously, do these people even know how incredibly self-defeating they're being? Should we tell them, or is it like telling a cokehead that the spiders aren't real where it's safer to nod while dialing 911 when they're not looking?

Oh! I get it! Thompson is an incredibly INCOMPETENT censor, so all he's ever done is unite gamers in FAVOR of free speech while giving them something to hate. This is actually genius.

Why can't the man get behind banning acts of filth that we all agree need to be taken off, like Big Brother?

This BS, i've always wanted 2 throw jack thompson into E3 and see how long he lasted, lol
but on a more serious note, he is a goddamn liar, he made false statments, and he is discredited as alawyer, not 2 metion he is being disbarred I guess some things do work the way they should

I was going to write a long-winded post about how Jack Thompson getting a Freedom Award is almost as crazy and stupid as Turkish Star Wars, but the I remembered: Nobody gives a damn about the Freedom Awards anyways.

I mean really, when was the last time you said to yourself "gee golly wiz! I better hurry up if I'm to make it to Utah to see who wins the next Freedom Award!"

If Yahtzee, Winston Churchill, Dr. House, Groucho Marx, Oscar Wilde, and Mark Twain all got together and had a brainstorm session, they MIGHT be able to come up with some insults strong enough to be worthy of this.

Indigo_Dingo:
Why can't the man get behind banning acts of filth that we all agree need to be taken off, like Big Brother?

This man speaks the truth. That show is nothing more than a bastardized (and outlawed) '60's psychology experiment... pointful...

The sooner we all ignore Jack, the sooner he goes away, he's only got as much influence as we let him have.

When they decided to call this a "Freedom" festival, was it supposed to be ironic by any chance?

sammyfreak:
What is up with you people? A conservative organisation gives a conservative lawyer an award for something they se as positive and you guys talk about it like it is the end of the world. Im glad that the internet is filled with open-minded people who can respect others.

Because the internet is known for it's tolerance and understanding.

Wow, right wing crack-pot gets an award in the heart of NRA country, didn't see that one coming...

sammyfreak:
What is up with you people? A conservative organisation gives a conservative lawyer an award for something they se as positive and you guys talk about it like it is the end of the world. Im glad that the internet is filled with open-minded people who can respect others.

Yeah, because Robert Mugabe becoming re-elected is equally as positive then.

sammyfreak:
What is up with you people? A conservative organisation gives a conservative lawyer an award for something they se as positive and you guys talk about it like it is the end of the world. Im glad that the internet is filled with open-minded people who can respect others.

What are you talking about? They're not being disrespectful towards conservatives. They disagree with the selection because they just think the end doesn't justify the means. And you should be respectful towards their opinions.

The_root_of_all_evil:

sammyfreak:
What is up with you people? A conservative organisation gives a conservative lawyer an award for something they se as positive and you guys talk about it like it is the end of the world. Im glad that the internet is filled with open-minded people who can respect others.

Yeah, because Robert Mugabe becoming re-elected is equally as positive then.

I se your point, but I don't really think that Jack Thompson wants to harm people with his actions unlike Mr Mugabe. Besides, I doubt half of the people posting here would dare go up to the man in person and tell him what they think of him.

Armada651:

What are you talking about? They're not being disrespectful towards conservatives. They disagree with the selection because they just think the end doesn't justify the means. And you should be respectful towards their opinions.

The problem isn't that they disagree, infact I think his policy is bullshit. But I can respect that he actualy takes it seriously, something I think the gaming community at large should do also.

Either way, sooner or later Jack will have a heart attack when he sees Gears of War 2 and just be replaced by a younger, slightly more energetic, attorney waving around the Christ stick wishing to beat fingerquotes "Christian" value into the lesser minded video game demographic.

It hardly matters though, the general public doesn't give two shits about Jack Thompson and ever since the Penny Arcade incident he's lost any and all political pull.

Well this is quite an interesting predicament.

Kudos to Thompson for winning the award, if the award actually meant something, but he really did not deserve it considering what he's done. You know:

"Thompson's Freedom Award overlooks aspects of his life and career including being found guilty of 27 offenses, among them knowingly making false statements and engaging in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation, for which he has been recommended for a ten-year disbarment. Thompson also inclused of gay pornography in his court filings and called for the impeachment of the Utah Attorney General when it was suggested a videogame bill Thompson authored would be unconstitutional."

All of that crap. And the letter to Take 2s MOTHER.

If he didn't do all of that crap then he might have deserved this "prodigious" award (though i know nothing of the award)

I know that thompson is just an over protective parent, and i respect his actions and stuff (except for the extremely stupid ones) but how on earth did he ever win an award with everything he's done.

But still, congratulations, woopdedo, let's pretend this never happend.

sammyfreak:
The problem isn't that they disagree, infact I think his policy is bullshit. But I can respect that he actualy takes it seriously, something I think the gaming community at large should do also.

How am I supposed to take this guy seriously?! He puts pornography in court files, writes insulting letters to the mother of the opposing party and overall makes life hard for anyone who gets in his way.

sammyfreak:
Besides, I doubt half of the people posting here would dare go up to the man in person and tell him what they think of him.

Yeah, and you know why? Because he'll sue you if you do! I would dare, but I don't think it's worth it. You're not going to make him change his ways and the risk of legal action is just not worth it.

sammyfreak:

The_root_of_all_evil:

sammyfreak:
What is up with you people? A conservative organisation gives a conservative lawyer an award for something they se as positive and you guys talk about it like it is the end of the world. Im glad that the internet is filled with open-minded people who can respect others.

Yeah, because Robert Mugabe becoming re-elected is equally as positive then.

I se your point, but I don't really think that Jack Thompson wants to harm people with his actions unlike Mr Mugabe.

Well, I'd say Take Two, Janet Reno, Luther Campbell, Madonna, Viacom, Terry Donovan, Strauss Zelnik and his mum, Midway Games, Thomas Warren, Electronic Arts, NIMF, Tyndale House, Valve, Howard Stern, The Florida Bar, Judge Larry Sedlin, Matt and Trey Parker, Tycho and Brahe etc. might just disagree on that.

Besides, I doubt half of the people posting here would dare go up to the man in person and tell him what they think of him.

Believe me, at least one would.

sammyfreak:

The_root_of_all_evil:

sammyfreak:
What is up with you people? A conservative organisation gives a conservative lawyer an award for something they se as positive and you guys talk about it like it is the end of the world. Im glad that the internet is filled with open-minded people who can respect others.

Yeah, because Robert Mugabe becoming re-elected is equally as positive then.

I se your point, but I don't really think that Jack Thompson wants to harm people with his actions unlike Mr Mugabe. Besides, I doubt half of the people posting here would dare go up to the man in person and tell him what they think of him.

Armada651:

What are you talking about? They're not being disrespectful towards conservatives. They disagree with the selection because they just think the end doesn't justify the means. And you should be respectful towards their opinions.

The problem isn't that they disagree, infact I think his policy is bullshit. But I can respect that he actualy takes it seriously, something I think the gaming community at large should do also.

I somewhat agree... but treating him like a martyr is going WAY too far.

The_root_of_all_evil:

sammyfreak:

Besides, I doubt half of the people posting here would dare go up to the man in person and tell him what they think of him.

Believe me, at least one would.

Make that two. Anyone else think we should kidnap him for a month and force him to play videogames?

Easykill:

The_root_of_all_evil:

sammyfreak:

Besides, I doubt half of the people posting here would dare go up to the man in person and tell him what they think of him.

Believe me, at least one would.

Make that two. Anyone else think we should kidnap him for a month and force him to play videogames?

OMG, Where is Morgan Spurlock when you need him!? That is a brilliant idea!

I would prefer making him play GTA 4.
Then he would have to play a game that involves nude women.

He sues videogame companies only because he is like "Look at me everyone, im the worlds biggest WANKER! Pay attention to me bitches!"

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