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You've heard it said, usually in defense of some sort of restriction on free speech, and often by people who really should know better: "You can't yell fire in a crowded theatre!" There are a whole lot of reasons that it's a terrible phrase that should have died a long time ago (see Popehat's thorough explanation) but they won't all fit on a t-shirt, so our gear offers a simple rebuttal. It's an old favorite design that we're relaunching today in our Threadless store: You Can Yell Fire In A Crowded Theatre.

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    Dark Helmet (profile), 18 Nov 2020 @ 11:50am

    Noice

    Great, now we're making shirts that I have no choice but to buy....

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    Al Malgamated, In Dustry, Ohio, 18 Nov 2020 @ 12:19pm

    Lood Gord. ANOTHER go-round on this false assertion.

    Skip all your legalistic sophistries and show it in reality, kid: set up live video upload from another person, then YOU go into a crowded theater without advance notice and so on, in every way making a FALSE report as if real. -- We'll be able to enjoy you being hauled off to JAIL, likely for your own protection after the crowd beats you up, and even if loosed from criminal charge, the theater owner will have civil cause for lost revenue.

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      Al Malgamated, In Dustry, Ohio, 18 Nov 2020 @ 12:20pm

      Re: Lood Gord. ANOTHER go-round on this false assertion.

      Okay? Then, go to it! You've got a RIGHT, exercise it or lose it!

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    Al Malgamated, In Dustry, Ohio, 18 Nov 2020 @ 12:19pm

    Lood Gord. ANOTHER go-round on this false assertion.

    Skip all your legalistic sophistries and show it in reality, kid: set up live video upload from another person, then YOU go into a crowded theater without advance notice and so on, in every way making a FALSE report as if real. -- We'll be able to enjoy you being hauled off to JAIL, likely for your own protection after the crowd beats you up, and even if loosed from criminal charge, the theater owner will have civil cause for lost revenue.

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      AC Unknown (profile), 18 Nov 2020 @ 12:38pm

      Re: Lood Gord. ANOTHER go-round on this false assertion.

      At this point, just go away.

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        AC Unknown (profile), 18 Nov 2020 @ 12:44pm

        Re: Re: Lood Gord. ANOTHER go-round on this false assertion.

        To clarify, the shirt is not false. You can yell fire in a crowded theatre. Is it a good idea to do so without reason? Probably not. But you could do so.

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    Zane (profile), 18 Nov 2020 @ 10:14pm

    Never heard that quote

    Never heard that quote. But yeah I would never say that it was fine for someone to shout "fire" in a crowded theatre, if the person they believed there was not a fire. I wouldn't say that was a freedom of speech argument, and we should all have the right to cause panic and piss people off in the name of "freedom of speech. Should the person shouting that be charged with something if they knowingly knew there was no fire, caused a panic and some guy got crushed and died in the panic? I don't know. For me it's the same level of stupidity as someone driving drunk a short distance on a quiet road, and happens to kill someone who runs across the road.

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    BentFranklin (profile), 19 Nov 2020 @ 6:16am

    The point is moot because there are no crowded movie theaters.

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