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Whiny millennials get free speech all wrong

Elon Musk: having the last laugh. Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty

Last week a group of SpaceX employees were sacked for writing an open letter criticising their CEO Elon Musk. And quite right too, says Karol Markowicz in the New York Post. For years, corporations have bent over backwards to avoid offending whiny millennials. These “entitled babies” think their right to free speech means they can tear into anyone without suffering consequences. But – news flash! – that’s not how it works. The First Amendment means you can say what you like, provided it’s not inciting violence, without being arrested. It doesn’t mean you can call your boss a “doofus” and expect to get away with it.

SpaceX isn’t the only company stiffening its backbone. The Washington Post recently sacked reporter Felicia Sonmez after she spent a week tweeting “nonstop” about what a horrible place to work it was. These people are the “ultimate crybullies” – they scream blue murder when someone upsets them, but if anyone pushes back they claim they’re being victimised. Enough of this nonsense. People need to realise that there is a “dividing line between work and life”. Family members will forgive you for that weird outburst at Thanksgiving; if you do the same at work, your boss “won’t and shouldn’t”. Learning how to behave in public used to be something people “mastered in kindergarten”. Let’s hope millennials finally start to get to grips with it now.