A day in the life of Neurodivergent K: someone is throwing around the word "retarded" as an insult. I say, "hey, that's ableist. Leave disabled folks out of it". They say OHMYGOD FREESPEECH YOUAREN'TTHEBOSSOFME!!!!!
Uh. No shit? Yes, you can say whatever you wish. Your rights do include saying whatever hateful, bigoted things your hateful, bigoted heart desires. The government cannot prevent you from doing this..
As another individual agent, however, I can criticise the fuck out of you. Cuz, see, I too have free speech. And "freedom of speech" does not mean freedom from criticism or judgement. So exercise your free speech in this way in my earshot, and I will exercise mine right back.
It runs both ways, cupcake. Clear?