Colleges are becoming more p.c. and more restrictive on speech. But this story may take the cake. Because not only did students on a radio station manage to say something that upset their university, but they were threatened with arrest, for saying the word ‘tranny.’
The University of Minnesota-Morris called the police on the student co-hosts at the radio station when they used the word ‘tranny’ on the air.
The students, Brandon Albrecht and Taylor Lehmann, were talking about Antifa. They had a group on campus they were comparing in some ways to Antifa but said they were much nicer and not violent.
From Daily Caller:
“You know, you can definitely, you see one tranny that’s trying to punch someone,” Brandon Albrecht, a UMM student, said on-air. “You know it’s automatically that one guy that you know I’m talking about. I bet you know. I’m not going to dox anybody and name them on air. But you two know if I say the tranny who looks like he’s going to punch someone. Yep.”
Albrecht used the term while discussing the lack of Antifa violence at his school with co-host Taylor Lehmann on their radio program “Deplorable Radio.”
About fifteen minutes later, the station manager came in with a police officer to kick them off the air while they were speaking with The College Fix.
“Hey guys, I’m just going to have you leave,” said the station manager. “You said a couple of words that break FCC violations and so for today I am going to have you stop your show….Specifically tranny. That is a hate slur, it is not allowed on radio. I need you to leave.”
When asked if she had to call the police, the station manager said “it’s a violation, you are breaking the law. I just need to enter a report.”
The school later changed their reason for kicking them out claiming later that they had received complaints that the students were drunk while broadcasting.
Neither drunk broadcasting or saying tranny would be an FCC violation, according to Bob Corn-Revere, a media and First Amendment lawyer. And without something more, it wouldn’t be a violation of the law.
Saying something that offends someone isn’t illegal yet, although some would like it to be.
The radio station ultimately said the problem was related to complying with station standards.
“The situation the radio station is dealing with relates to compliance with DJ expectations and station standards,” said Melissa Vangsness, a spokeswoman for the university, to The College Fix. But Albrecht said that his show was not the only one that did not follow every rule and believes he and his co-host were suspended because of his use of “tranny.”
While the radio station asked Albrecht and Lehmann to resign, Albrecht said that they want to make the executive board vote on the issue.
“It is a shame that our freedom of speech is being curtailed today in the very place it should be most free, on college campuses,” Albrecht told The College Fix.
The university hasn’t commented further on the matter.
But it’s a sad day not only to curtail free speech but to try to get people arrested for expression.