This video is unavailable.

Watch Queue

TV Queue

Watch QueueTV Queue


Watch Queue
TV Queue

Don't Mess with Firefly! How SciFi Fans Made a Campus Safe for Free Speech (feat. Neil Gaiman)

Want to watch this again later?

Sign in to add this video to a playlist.

Like this video?

Sign in to make your opinion count.

Don't like this video?

Sign in to make your opinion count.




The interactive transcript could not be loaded.



Ratings have been disabled for this video.
Rating is available when the video has been rented.
This feature is not available right now. Please try again later.

Uploaded on Dec 24, 2011

Get a poster for this film! http://fir.ee/SnGZAQ

This award-winning video, which features an interview with legendary author Neil Gaiman, is a lighthearted look at how the University of Wisconsin--Stout backed down from its censorship of Professor James Miller's posters, one featuring a quote from the science fiction show Firefly, and the other condemning fascism. Stout stood by its actions until FIRE's advocacy campaign on Miller's behalf inspired Gaiman, along with Firefly actors Nathan Fillion and Adam Baldwin, to take to Twitter to encourage their millions of followers to contact the university with their support of free speech.

Music by audionautix.com.


  1. 29

    No Excuse at Syracuse for Gagging Student Satire

  2. 30

    Christina Hoff Sommers on "The Tyranny of Niceness"

  3. 31

    Student Says F*** Outside of Class, College Nearly Ruins His Career

  4. 32

    The FIRE Internship Program: Defending Rights and Learning about the First Amendment

  5. 33

    A Brief History of Campus Censorship: An interview with Prof. Don Downs

  6. 34

    "The Incubator of the Nanny State:" Nick Gillespie on the Sorry Condition of Universities

  7. 35

    Bob Corn-Revere on Defending Student Speech and the Hayden Barnes Case

  8. 36

    The Atlantic's Wendy Kaminer on Free Speech, Hate Speech, and Anti-Bullying Laws

  9. 37

    A 2012 Message from FIRE President Greg Lukianoff

  10. 38

    James Madison University Student Fights to End Campus Speech Codes

  11. 39

    How FIRE Helped Me Learn to Defend My Rights

  12. 40

    In Defense of Being Offensive: Jonathan Rauch on the New Threats to Free Thought

  13. 41

    Unlearning Liberty: Campus Censorship and the End of American Debate

  14. 42

    College Professor Censors Anti-Obama Comment on Free Speech Wall

  15. 43

    Double Standards at Auburn: University Censors Ron Paul Poster

  16. 44

    Steven Pinker on Taboos, Political Correctness, and Dissent

  17. 45

    Exiled from Vanderbilt: How Colleges are Driving Religious Groups off Campus

  18. 46

    What Every Student Should Know Before Starting College

  19. 47

    Intro to FIRE's Guide to Free Speech on Campus

  20. 48

    12 Terrible Colleges for Free Speech - 2012

  21. Don't Mess with Firefly! How SciFi Fans Made a Campus Safe for Free Speech (feat. Neil Gaiman)

  22. 50

    Silencing U: Five Outrageous Cases of Campus Censorship

  23. 51

    Free Speech is Under Attack

  24. 52

    How Washington State Censored a Student Musical

  25. 53

    Michele Kerr - Campus Freedom Network Conference 2010

  26. 54


  27. 55

    Braum Katz - Campus Freedom Network Conference 2010

  28. 56

    Free Expression Blocked at NC State

  29. 57

    Penn State's Problem with "God-Given Free Will"

  30. 58

    KC Johnson on Dispositions Theory

  31. 59

    Portraits of Terror

  32. 60

    Injustice at SUNY Binghamton

  33. 61

    Empty Holsters

  34. 62

    New Threats to Freedom

  35. 63

    Cemetery of Innocents Conflict

  36. 64

    Happy New Year from FIRE

  37. 65

    Reflecting on 10 Years of FIRE

  38. 66

    BUCC President Talks About FIRE's Case at Bucknell

  39. 67

    Radical Speech: Dave Barry Talks About Politically Correct Campuses

  40. 68

    Political Correctness vs. Freedom of Thought - The Keith John Sampson Story

  41. 69

    Threats, Coercion, and Bullying at Missouri State

  42. 70

    FIRE Student Video Contest Runner-Up: "Day of Protest"

  43. 71

    FIRE Student Video Contest Honorable Mention: "Campus Freedom"

  44. 72

    FIRE Student Video Contest Grand Prize Winner: "That's What She Said"

  45. 73

    FIRE Student Video Contest Runner-Up: "Autonomy"

  46. 74

    FIRE's Campus Freedom Network

  47. 75

    Newspaper Theft at UMass Amherst While Police Officer Watches

  48. 76

    Think What We Think...Or Else: Thought Control on the American Campus

  49. 77

    FIRE at the University of North Carolina Greensboro

  50. 78

    FIRE on Campus: An Introduction to FIRE Part 2

  51. 79

    FIRE on Campus: An Introduction to FIRE Part 1

  52. 80

    Voices of Vision II Trailer

  53. 81

    FIRE in Action: Valdosta State University

to add this to Watch Later

Add to