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Irony by Joanna Hootnick

Is it just me, or does this epitomize the definition of ironic?

On Wednesday, November 14, 2018, a Baltimore, MD performance of "Fiddler on the Roof," the classic play about Jewish life in Imperial Russia in 1905 amid growing anti-Semitism and anti-Jewish violence, was interrupted by a man shouting anti-Semetic slurs.

The disruption came on the heels of an 11-person massacre at a Pittsburgh, PA synagogue, a time when fear within the community would have been particularly heightened. According to the New York Times article, the Baltimore Police Department determined that no charges would be filed.

The determination of when free speech can be restricted is represented by the metaphor of "shouting fire in a crowded theater." If this incident doesn’t quite literally satisfy that legal requirement, what possibly does?

By Joanna Hootnick

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