The First Five Podcast: The Band Who Must Not Be Named

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Does a law that prohibits trademarking an offensive or racist name violate freedom of speech?

“When Simon Tam formed the world’s first all-Asian-American dance rock band, he decided to name it “The Slants,” in an effort to reclaim a word that’s been used as a slur against Asians. He probably didn’t expect that one day the Supreme Court would be arguing about the offensiveness of the band’s name.”

This episode is about the Supreme Court case Matal v. Tam (previously known as Lee v. Tam).

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