Prince Harry Calls The First Amendment ‘Bonkers’ and He Makes a Good Point – Showbiz Cheat Sheet

Posted: May 16, 2021 at 1:10 pm

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle moved to Los Angeles in 2020. The Duke of Sussex has only been in the U.S. for a little over a year, but hes already starting to get the hang of our customs. For one, hes beginning to see how easily our First Amendment, the right to free speech, can be abused.

Prince Harry was a guest on Dax Shepards Armchair Expert podcast on May 13. Their discussion of the dukes mental health advocacy led Prince Harry to discuss how the First Amendment can make us vulnerable.

One year into his American residency, Prince Harry admits he has much to learn about our constitution. However, hes spent enough time here to see how not everybody uses free speech for noble purposes.

Ive got so much I want to say about the First Amendment as I sort of understand it, but it is bonkers, he told Shephard. I dont want to start going down the First Amendment route because thats a huge subject and one which I dont understand because Ive only been here a short time. But, you can find a loophole in anything. You can capitalize or exploit whats not said rather than uphold what is said.

Part of Prince Harrys advocacy includes calling out some of the harmful institutions of society. For example, he spoke to Shepard about how gossip and social media keeps people in a loop of hate.

Laws were created to protect people, he said. I believe we live in an age now where youve got certain elements of the media redefining to us what privacy means. Theres a massive conflict of interest. Then youve got social media platforms trying to redefine what free speech means. I wonder why youre doing that?

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Prince Harry warned listeners that corporate interests were manipulating their right to free speech.

Again, this has been happening for 15 years now, he said. The laws have been completely flipped by the very people that need them flipped so they can make more money and they can capitalize off our pain, grief and general self-destructive mode thats happened at the moment. Conflict of interest is the major piece here.

Fortunately, the duke was not just cautioning about doom and gloom. He said the power is within every individual to deprive those negative influences of power.

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It does come back to supply and demand, he said. If we collectively became better at not clicking on or not spreading and sharing the things we know are putting people through hell, then theres no market for it. The more depressed and the harder life becomes, we end up surrendering to the information parallel with our own feelings.

Source: Armchair Expert podcast

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