Ebert writes an article defending his Tweeting, which lambasted those five Arizona high school students who wore American flag clothing to school on Cinco de Mayo (a holiday that's not even really celebrated in Mexico, interestingly enough). Ebert suggests that those students were just trying to be provocative and should demonstrate more "empathy" for others. All well and good, except when one considers that the First Amendment isn't designed to protect the good sensibilities of others, but to allow one to speak their mind. Whether or not those kids were deliberately intending to offend others, it's telling that the sight of a U.S. flag in this country, on any day, would be considered appalling to some. This sort of garbage is lending credibility to those on the right who predict a civil war in the future; imagine if half the country recoils in disgust at the mere sight of its own colors.
Also, Ebert suggests that those students (and those who support them) try wearing shirts that offend other ethnic groups, such as Confederate flag clothing among a crowd of black people, or a shirt mocking the rape of Nanking amongst a group of Chinese. Sorry, but do American teens of Hispanic heritage have similar grievances against the U.S. flag? I sincerely hope not, and if they do, they're wrong for such. Also, he finishes by ridiculing NASCAR as a hotbed of conservatives, as if some silly racing sport had the slightest thing to do with his dumbass remarks (and the two biggest NASCAR fans I've ever met have been hardcore Democrats, so even that comparison is moronic). Ebert is without a doubt my role model as far as film critics go, but on a political/critical thinking level, he stops just short of being deranged. When you're a cinephile on the right, you begin to develop a certain immunity to this sort of thing, but it's still depressing to witness.