‘No Safe Spa­ces’: Carolla, Prager take on cod­dled stu­dents in new film

The Washington Times Daily - - NATION - BY BRAD­FORD RICHARDSON

Con­ser­va­tive colum­nist Dennis Prager and me­dia per­son­al­ity Adam Carolla are mak­ing a movie to ex­pose the griev­ance cul­ture, il­lib­eral at­ti­tude to­ward free speech and “safe spa­ces” that have un­der­mined the in­tel­lec­tual foun­da­tions of uni­ver­si­ties.

Set to be re­leased in mid-2018, “No Safe Spa­ces” will fol­low the un­likely duo to col­leges across the coun­try, where they will in­ter­view stu­dents, pro­fes­sors, pun­dits and those per­son­ally af­fected by the il­lib­er­al­ism run­ning ram­pant in academia to get to the heart of what ails U.S. cam­puses.

Mr. Prager, the na­tion­ally syn­di­cated ra­dio host of “The Dennis Prager Show,” said the pur­pose of the fea­ture-length film is to doc­u­ment the “de­cline of the uni­ver­sity as an in­tel­lec­tu­ally se­ri­ous place.”

“The in­fan­tiliza­tion of stu­dents is seem­ingly their goal,” Mr. Prager told The Wash­ing­ton Times. “With safe spa­ces, stu­dents can re­treat to PlayDoh, stuffed an­i­mals and movies of frol­ick­ing kit­tens if some­thing dis­turbs them at the cam­pus in­tel­lec­tu­ally.”

He said the film is “very needed, be­cause only a small part of Amer­ica knows what’s re­ally go­ing on.”

Mr. Carolla, a co­me­dian who hosts the pop­u­lar “The Adam Carolla Show” podcast, and Mr. Prager al­ready have spo­ken to­gether at sev­eral cam­puses — in­clud­ing at Cal­i­for­nia State Uni­ver­sity, Northridge last year, where they ini­tially had been dis­in­vited be­fore get­ting their lawyers in­volved.

They plan to screen the movie on a tour through Amer­ica’s uni­ver­si­ties upon its re­lease.

An Indiegogo crowd­fund­ing cam­paign launched to fi­nance the pro­ject has raised more than $200,000 in less than two weeks.

The film also will high­light the dras­ti­cally dif­fer­ent back­grounds that Mr. Prager and Mr. Carolla have come from to ar­rive at their sim­i­lar world­views.

“We’re very much kin­dred spir­its, even though our back­grounds are al­most dif­fer­ent plan­ets,” Mr. Prager said. “I come from a re­li­gious, Jewish fam­ily from New York, and he comes from an athe­ist, Ital­ian fam­ily from South­ern Cal­i­for­nia. He was a la­borer; I was al­ways in the in­tel­lec­tual world.”

What the co­me­dian and the in­tel­lec­tual have in com­mon is “com­mon sense,” Mr. Prager said — and that’s ex­actly what academia lacks.

“There’s no com­mon sense on our cam­puses,” he said. “When I was a stu­dent, we were told that men and women are ba­si­cally the same. That’s anti-com­mon sense. The per­son who says that has an ide­ol­ogy that trumps re­al­ity. To me, that’s the def­i­ni­tion of left­ism: ide­ol­ogy trump­ing re­al­ity.”

Con­ser­va­tives ven­tur­ing to speak on col­lege cam­puses have re­ceived mixed re­cep­tions from their stu­dent in­ter­locu­tors. Ear­lier this year, the prospect of a lec­ture by for­mer Bre­it­bart editor Milo Yiannopou­los caused stu­dents at the Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, Berke­ley to riot and set the cam­pus on fire.

Mr. Prager said he wants to bring the film di­rectly to stu­dents in or­der to “change minds.”

“That’s my in­tent,” he said. “I shock the guys, these stu­dents on the left, be­cause they have been told con­ser­va­tives are less in­tel­li­gent than they, less in­tel­lec­tual than they, less moral than they, and then I show up and am ap­par­ently not less in­tel­lec­tual or less moral. And, even, per­ish the thought, nice. So I love go­ing to col­lege cam­puses, but I have a very dif­fer­ent aim than some.”

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