Curious: Moviegoers Are Loving Pro-Free Speech Movie 'No Safe Spaces,' but the Mainstream Critics Hate It


Much to the chagrin of the establishment media and Hollywood elite, an indie free speech film is making serious waves with American audiences in its opening weeks.

That film, the brainchild of conservative commentator Dennis Prager and comedian Adam Carolla, is “No Safe Spaces” — a documentary aimed at investigating why exactly it is that a “growing number of Americans don’t believe you have the right to speak your mind if what you have to say might offend someone, somewhere.”

According to Fox News, such an investigation has moviegoers beyond curious, recording limited release ticket sales rivaling those of $185 million blockbuster “Terminator: Dark Fate” in both San Diego and Denver, and receiving near-perfect reviews from general audience members.

Of course, that stunning resonance has stopped just short of translating into success with mainstream Hollywood critics.

By Saturday, just eight days after its full release, “No Safe Spaces” had an overwhelming 45 percentage point discrepancy on Rotten Tomatoes between the film’s critical and public receptions.

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According to the 13 mainstream critics who had bothered to see the documentary, it was as rotten as it could be.

Stamping the film with a dismal average score of 54 out of 100, the snotty Big Hollywood shills disregarded the film as “obnoxious,” “smug” and filled with “paranoid whining.”

“It argues for common sense and values while railing against dogma,” Denver Post author John Wenzel wrote, continuing with quite possibly the most pseudo-intellectual rebuke imaginable. “But what is one person’s dogma except someone else’s common sense and values?”

Meanwhile, 189 verified general audience members lauded the film, giving it an average score of 99 out of 100.

And really, it’s no surprise audiences are biting and establishment critics and outlets are sabotaging the early reviews.

Featuring comment from a wide array of knowledgeable cultural figures and political commentators — including Tim Allen, Alan Dershowitz, Van Jones, Jordan Peterson, Dave Rubin and Cornel West — the film is a 95-minute a testament to the declining value placed by our society on free speech.

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Yet any such testament would ring hollow without a prophetic warning regarding the new left’s social justice stranglehold on academia and mass media.

Prager and Carolla’s willingness to address that stranglehold and its effects — the weaponization of empathy and identity to silence conservatives and prop up left-wing orthodoxy — makes them an undeniable threat.

They carry a message heartland Americans have been dying to hear.

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And the establishment media shills and Hollywood elites, fearing the prospect that their legitimacy might be challenged or their relevance put in jeopardy, cannot let that stand.

An intimidated and cornered creature must lash out.  That’s the will of nature, the survival instinct.

It just so happens when the cowardly establishment is cornered, that survival instinct manifests in subversion and sabotage.

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Andrew J. Sciascia was the supervising editor of features at The Western Journal. Having joined up as a regular contributor of opinion in 2018, he went on to cover the Barrett confirmation and 2020 presidential election for the outlet, regularly co-hosting its video podcast, "WJ Live," as well.
Andrew J. Sciascia was the supervising editor of features at The Western Journal and regularly co-hosted the outlet's video podcast, "WJ Live."

Sciascia first joined up with The Western Journal as a regular contributor of opinion in 2018, before graduating with a degree in criminal justice and political science from the University of Massachusetts Lowell, where he served as editor-in-chief of the student newspaper and worked briefly as a political operative with the Massachusetts Republican Party.

He covered the Barrett confirmation and 2020 presidential election for The Western Journal. His work has also appeared in The Daily Caller.