The Supreme Court affirmed Monday that terms or phrases deemed to be offensive are still protected as free speech under the First Amendment. The high court unanimously struck down a disparagement provision of federal trademark law in Matal v. Tam, a case in which the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) denied an Asian-American rock band a trademark for their name “The Slants” because they found the name to be offensive.
A unanimous decision by the highest court in the land. Yes, this should have been obvious and there shouldn’t have been any drama in regards to how the SCOUTUS would rule. But it’s still very encouraging to see, nonetheless.
And quite frankly, if you’re not defending someone’s speech who said something you find abhorrent, you’re doing it wrong. The entire point of the 1st Amendment is to protect “unpopular speech”.