Marni Soupcoff: Canadians should be envious of the U.S.’ liberal approach to controversial speech

The United States Supreme Court ruled this week that the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution protects a band’s right to trademark an “offensive” name. It was a victory for Asian-American dance-rockers The Slants, who meant their name to be a progressive provocation rather than a disparaging slur (although the word has been used to negatively stereotype Asians).

But does the group’s intent even matter? The U.S. Supreme Court struck down the entire federal law that prohibited registering trademarks that could be deemed disparaging.