Again, I must reiterate No Safe Spaces is not a piece of conservative propaganda. Sure, you’ll see the usual suspects of right-wingers along with Prager and Carolla, like Ann Coulter, Ben Shapiro, and Candace Owens. Free speech is just as important and vital on the left, hearing from experts like Dave Rubin, Van Jones, and Alan Dershowitz.
The documentary addresses a wide range of topics, including identity politics, white privilege, social justice warriors, victimization, social media, and even comedy. There are also a few real examples of where we’re headed as a society if we don’t stop the madness now. The most recent is Evergreen College in Washington state and the story of ousted professor Brett Weinstein. Weinstein chose to boycott the Day of Absence event in 2017 when he and all the white students and professors were effectively banned from campus because of the color of their skin. Weinstein showed up that day to teach his class and this act of a liberal professor shut the entire school down for weeks and lead to his dismissal. This is only one of many examples.
As a reviewer, I’m trying to remain as unbiased as I can, even though I have strong opinions on the subject. As a documentary, No Safe Spaces makes a well-crafted argument about this little predicament the nation finds itself in and even attempts to find a positive solution about where we could be headed if only we’re willing to change ourselves (quite frankly, you can’t wait for everyone else to change first). You may not “like” a good number of speakers featured in the doc, but the filmmakers bring in a wide variety of experts on the right and left as to not be one-sided. I appreciate that they are willing to address the tough questions, such as “is hate speech protected free speech?” (Personally, I like my racists to be open about their racism, rather than hide it) amongst other questions. When it’s all said and done, this film is offensive only to those who don’t want to watch it.
“…addresses a wide range of topics, including identity politics, white privilege, social justice warriors, victimization, social media, and even comedy.”
Setting my reviewer hat aside, No Safe Spaces brings up an issue that goes beyond politics and the 2016 election (which is never mentioned in the film). If anything good is to come out of you watching No Safe Spaces, it would be for you and me to sit down, have a conversation, argue a little, and for you to hear me and for me to hear and even learn from you. Because honestly, what’s the alternative? If we cannot return to respect one another or engage in civil public debate, then we’re lost, and we will ultimately become the same monsters we accuse the other side of being. The documentary may make you angry at times (or throughout), but that’s actually a good thing. We can talk about that too.