What would you do if your coworker, family member, a friend or the barista at your local coffee shop shared a difference of opinion? Would you counter them or would you invoke violence? On college campuses across the country, schools are canceling tour dates of conservative speakers who have a difference of opinion due to fear of violence. According to Barack Obama “I’ve heard there are some college campuses where they don’t want to have a guest speaker who’s too conservative,” Obama says. “Anybody who comes to speak to you, and you disagree with, you should have an argument with them. But you shouldn’t silence them by saying you can’t come because I’m too sensitive to hear what you have to say.”
After Adam Carolla and Dennis Prager’s speaking engagement at Cal State Northridge was canceled, they decided to dive deeper into what is happening across the country. According to Adam Carolla “We got together with a couple producers and we decided this censorship was becoming a problem and we got to work on this film.” Their film “No Safe Spaces” was released in theaters across the country on October 25, 2019.
Adam Carolla joined me for an interview this week to discuss their new film “No Safe Spaces”. He shared everything from what he believes the cause of the violence on college campuses to be to what changes need to be made, the opinions they received from both liberals and conservatives, and what the future holds. Adam also discussed how we can all have an intellectual conversation about what’s happening on college campuses and the improvements that need to be made! Please be sure to watch the interview below! I embedded the trailer to “No Safe Spaces” so you can watch it at your convenience.
Watch journalist and blogger, Candace Rose Anderson interview renowned comedian, podcaster and filmmaker Adam Carolla discuss his new film “No Safe Spaces.”
Adam Carolla Talks New Film “No Safe Spaces”
Candie Anderson: Can you tell us about your new film “No Safe Spaces”?
Adam Carolla: “It’s Dennis Prager and I. Dennis is an intellectual and a conservative talk show host who I have always been a big fan of. We had gotten together and we’d done a few speaking engagements around the country. Then we were booked to play at Cal State Northridge and at the last moment, they pulled the plug. It got us sort of thinking what was going on on these college campuses? We got together with a couple producers and we decided this censorship was becoming a problem and we got to work on this film.”
Adam Carolla Talks Self Esteem Movement And Its Impact On College Campuses
Candie Anderson: What do you think is the cause? Is it social media?
Adam Carolla: “I like to drill down on things on a sort of psychological perspective. I tend to think that it’s the self-esteem movement. I think we’ve told too many young people their opinions matter and if they had a thought, it must be a correct thought and they shouldn’t be scared to share it with everybody and a lot of talking truth to power and other nonsense that I don’t even know what it means. They’ve decided that even though they were 18 or 19 that they somehow knew more than the adults in the room and that they were going to share their opinions with adults in the room because they felt good about their opinions, so when someone comes to their college campus, if they disagreed with that person they decided that person didn’t have the right to share their opinions which is insane.”
Adam Carolla Discusses What Needs To Change On College Campuses
Candie Anderson: What do you think the future holds at college campuses if things don’t change?
Adam Carolla: “Well, the adults on college campuses, like the professors and the administration need to start acting like adults and they need to discipline the kids. It’s not acceptable, they’re kids. They’re not clients. The campuses are essentially money makers and they treat the kids like clients and so they cater to the kids.
If you watch the film “No Safe Spaces”, you’ll see that the administrators are cowards on these campuses. They’re not acting like adults. If the kids get out of line and they start taking over the cafeteria and burning things down and throwing tables through windows, you call the cops and you have them arrested. It will spin out of control and continue to spin out of control as long as the adults on the campus don’t want to act like adults.”
What He Found Surprising
Candie Anderson: You spoke with people on both sides of the political and social fence. What did you find surprising?
Adam Carolla: “What I found surprising was that the group, the mob if you will was willing to eat its own, so you could be a liberal professor at Evergreen University and all you had to do was step out of line half a step and that same mob would eat you up or you could be Alan Dershowitz, it didn’t matter. All you had to do is not walk in lockstep with this mob and they would go after their own.”
How Those With Opposing Views Can Have An Intellectual Conversation About What’s Happening In The U.S.
Candie Anderson: How can those with opposing views have an intellectual conversation about what’s happening in this country?
Adam Carolla: “I think first things first is don’t apologize. Go ahead and share your opinion with others, do it in a polite way and when they resort to ad hominem attacks, don’t dance with them and certainly don’t apologize. Just express your views, make sure it’s well-articulated, have data and statistics to back it up and don’t get into a shouting match or a tweeting match with people that are taking it into the mud. Stay high in the clouds and rise above it all.”
Adam Discusses Filmgoers Response To “No Safe Spaces”
Candie Anderson: Have you had a chance to chat with filmgoers? If so, what was their response?
Adam Carolla: “I have had a chance to chat with filmgoers and the response was we’re going to come back and we’re going to bring our teenage kids with us because we think this is an important message which is my favorite thing as a filmmaker to hear.”
How To Find More Information
Candie Anderson: How can people get involved?
Adam Carolla: “You can go to NoSafeSpaces.com and you can find a theater near you and you can drive to that theater and watch that movie. If you’re inspired by it, then tell a few friends about it or bring your teenage son or daughter with you and expose them to it.