After emerging victorious in the Mahanoy Area v. BL Supreme Court case on Wednesday, the American Civil Liberties Union is celebration/capitalizing on the win.
It launched a F*** Everything T-shirt featuring Brandi Levy’s now famous 3-line Snapchat message.
Say it with us:
We know our First Amendment rights and we will use them. Get the new Fuck Everything tee today.https://t.co/yd7ojHzXwh pic.twitter.com/4fACzyXSRb
— ACLU (@ACLU) June 23, 2021
The ACLU represented Levy in the case before the Supreme Court.
Mahanoy Area v. BL was argued before the justices back in late-April. On Wednesday, the Supreme Court ruled 8-1 in favor of Levy, saying that her alma mater, Mahanoy Area School District, had no right to regulate her off-campus speech – the infamous Snap.
Levy was suspended for a year from the JV cheer squad at Mahanoy Area High School, when as a sophomore, she reacted to getting told she’d have to spend a year on that JV team instead of cheering on the varsity team by firing off that profanity-laced social media message.
Even though Snapchat is supposed to be a temporary message platform, a screenshot of Levy’s message made it in front of the cheer squad’s coach who conspired with other school officials and suspended Levy from the team for her entire sophomore year.
An initial federal lawsuit against the school – claiming Levy’s First Amendment right to free speech was being violated – got the sophomore reinstated to the JV cheer team. But Mahanoy Area was determined to fight and appealed all the way to the Supreme Court.
And the school lost. Again.
Twitter Reacts to ACLU F*** Everything T-shirt
A lot of people aren’t too thrilled with ACLU’s decision to capitalize on its way via Levy and her foul-mouthed social media message.
ACLU be like pic.twitter.com/fDBUzFD1r0
— I,Hypocrite (@lporiginalg) June 23, 2021
One conservative Twitter user reminded the ACLU that religious freedom is part of the First Amendment, too. And they’re waiting for a T-shirt to celebrate the Supreme Court protecting that, too.
Spoiler: They’ll be waiting a long time for that from the typically far-left ACLU.
I'm waiting to see the ACLU tee shirt in defense of religious people who want nothing more than to freely exercise their rights to practice their faith.
That's also in the 1st Amendment.
— Joel M. Petlin (@Joelmpetlin) June 23, 2021
Former Presidential candidate Marianne Williamson was not impressed with the ACLU’s new product:
— Marianne Williamson (@marwilliamson) June 23, 2021
And this anti-capitalist wasn’t thrilled that ACLU is trying to get $40 for this shirt:
$40 for a $5 T-shirt? Capitalism at it's worst. pic.twitter.com/YXpFtZUD9M
— The Wheels (@RonTheWheel) June 23, 2021
This one believes the ACLU is only interested in protecting some free speech:
Here's how the ACLU really feels about free speech these days. pic.twitter.com/NjCy1c3ARt
— Edge of Jupiter (@edge_of_jupiter) June 23, 2021
Another one with the same response:
Curious time for the ACLU to finally remember that they support free speech.
— Toasty ༼ つ ◕_◕ ༽つ (@notbrodyjenner) June 24, 2021
August 12, 2021 at 11:30 am
This is why the world is the way it is.
Disrespectful. Mom and Dad you should be