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Fire alarm pulled during anti-PC documentary screening at UC-Irvine, canceling event

How curious that fires keep breaking out when students are hearing unpopular perspectives on campus.

Forty minutes into a University of California-Irvine screening of the documentary Can We Take a Joke? – which explores the stifling political correctness on campus – a fire alarm went off, immediately ending the event, New University reports.

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Last week’s screening was organized by the campus chapters of College Republicans and Young Americans for Liberty (YAL) for their “Freedom Day” celebration, which also included a “free speech wall” where students could write anything they want.

Freedom Day promoted “a person’s right to freedom of speech without fear of reproach in the face of political correctness,” New University said.

Though there’s no suspect for who pulled the alarm or why, the most plausible explanation is someone didn’t like the film and didn’t want others to experience it.

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YAL President Cole Hubbard said Freedom Day organizers “began receiving threats of protest” after it was announced:

“We were looking forward to showing this film, we think it plays well across a wide range of audiences and would have sparked a healthy conversation about free speech and censorship,” said Hubbard. “I think there’s great irony in that, an alumnus of UC Irvine, and his creation, his project, something we here at UC irvine should really be valuing was shut down by possibly somebody who was angry by what we were doing.”

Can We Take a Joke? was made by Ted Balaker, a UC-Irvine grad.

Read the story.

h/t Greg Lukianoff

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Greg spent several years as a technology policy reporter and editor for Warren Communications News in Washington, D.C., and guest host on C-SPAN’s “The Communicators.” Previously he led media and public relations at Seattle’s Discovery Institute, a free-market think tank. Greg is developing a Web series about a college newspaper, COPY, whose pilot episode was a semifinalist in the TV category for the Scriptapalooza competition in 2012. He graduated in 2001 with a B.A. from Seattle Pacific University, where he co-founded the alternative newspaper PUNCH and served as a reporter, editor and columnist for The Falcon.

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