As a TYS programmer, I have a practical interest in the debate. We see a lot of great content submitted to the festival each year from York students. I hope they continue to have the resources they need to make good films. I also hope, though, that they continue to make the films they want to make -- whether overtly political or not -- without fear of biting the hand that feeds. Artists have always relied on the generosity of benefactors, whether patrons in the 19th-century or donors and crowdfunders in the 21st, and it remains important for us to be aware of how those relationships have the potential to shape the content we see.
I believe it's possible for us to have a more productive conversation about free speech and hate speech than the one demonstrated. I also believe the arts are one of the best ways in which we can contribute to that discussion.