The Most Hated Family in America

Topics: Human rights, Hate speech, Freedom of speech Pages: 2 (748 words) Published: March 25, 2012
The film, “The Most Hated Family in America,” was a very interesting and eye opening film about freedom of speech, interpretation, and consequences of life choices. Before watching this I had no idea that such a family even existed, but after watching it I am somewhat ashamed of what they are doing and feel very bad for the members of their family and the people surrounding them.

Louis Theroux did a fantastic job on this documentary; I would not change a thing to his presentation of the Phelps family. His approach of staying and interacting with the family created an unspoken aspect of what the family is like and how they regularly act. By tagging along with them in everyday tasks and going to their protests with them it gives the viewers a chance for their own interpretation. Setting aside interview questions and just shooting their normal routine gave unbiased and natural footage. I also thought it was very professional how instead of arguing with them he asked questions about his personal life, which gave them the same opportunity to voice their opinion, but on a situational basis rather than as a defense mechanism.

When I viewed this movie I did not expect to see a family that has gone to such extremes. I watched this alone, but told others about it and they too were as surprised as myself to hear that such a thing is going on in this country and that people feel they have the right to say such hateful things. I think what they are doing is horrible and they are abusing the right to freedom of speech. There is nothing wrong with having your own opinion, but when it comes to verbally abusing others there should be a restriction. Not only is it highly disrespectful, but by picketing funerals of fallen soldiers, the people who fight for their rights to freedom of free speech, they are contradicting themselves in a way.

I personally am not a follower of the Bible, but this creates a very bad image for the Christian faith in my eyes. To see people purposely...
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