George Carlin

Mic Brown English 7th

Brief Biography

George Carlin is an american comedian who stood up against censorship of the media, More specifically "the seven filthy words" (words you are never supposed to say on television). He believed censorship was morally wrong so he made his point by preforming his act called the “Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television,” on the radio, within the act he identified each word and expressed his disbelief that they could not not be used. He was soon arrested for disturbing the peace but this did not stop the spark he started from catching and starting new era of people who stand up against censorship.

"Seven Words You Can Never Say On Television" performance

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The Top 10 George Carlin Routines - 6. Seven Words You Can Never Say On Television (Class Clown)
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learn more about Carlin and the court case that ensued after his arrest

George Carlin and "Civil Disobedience"

Carlin's ideals are very similar to the writer of "Civil Disobedience" Henry David Thoreau. Both realized the corruption in the government and instead of trying to change the problem within the law they decided to break the law to make there point. Carlin did this through publicly saying things he was not supposed to while Thoreau did it quietly by not paying his taxes. Though Carlin my not feel as strongly about the government as Thoreau they both know that if something is moray wrong with a law its okay to break it in order to start a spark of change.