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Penn Jillette

American comedian (from the Penn and Teller duo), actor, columnist, and co-author of Cruel Tricks for Dear Friends and How To Play with Your Food


I really get crazy about using the word censorship loosely... The First Amendment says nothing about your getting paid for saying anything. It just says you can say it. I don't believe that if a corporation pulls all the money out of you or a network pulls their money away or you get fired, you're being censored.

speaking about the withdrawal of funding from artists such as Karen Finley, Robert Mapplethorpe and 2 Live Crew, and resultant outcry about censorship, in an interview in Reason Magazine