Podcaster comedian Adam Carolla and author-talk host Dennis Prager are tackling the new concept on college campuses of creating “safe spaces,” meaning isolating students from ideas they find repugnant.
The film, “No Safe Spaces,” will be produced by Mark Joseph, whose recent projects include “The Vessel” with Martin Sheen and “Max Rose” with Jerry Lewis. The director is Justin Folk for Madison McQueen Films. Folk, making his debut as a director, has worked in visual effects on “The Incredible Hulk” and “The Matrix” franchise.
“College campuses are supposed to be where diversity of opinion is celebrated, not silenced,” said Carolla, who will star with Prager in the film.
The phenomenon on university campuses is relatively new, but it has taken root since the election of Donald Trump. Some of the “safe spaces” are places where students can share their revulsion over the president-elect without fear of confrontation. One dorm even set up a “breathing space” with coloring books, snacks and a comfort dog for petting.
“When did everyone become such a colossal pussy? Having your beliefs challenged is as American as apple pie,” said Carolla, who will tour the country’s college campuses with Prager, a WND columnist, in the making of the documentary.
Carolla, whose podcast was once recognized as the most popular one in the world, has often teamed with Prager, whose show on KRLA AM 870 in Los Angeles is syndicated nationally. The two have little in common: Prager is an observant Jew, Carolla is an atheist. Prager attended graduate school at Columbia University, Carolla never attended college.
“He’s Ivy League and I’m bush league, but it works,” Carolla quipped.
The movie will also explore the phenomenon in which conservatives who are invited to speak at universities are routinely shouted down or, in some cases, disinvited due to liberal opposition, say the filmmakers.
Madison McQueen is best known as a creator of lighthearted commercials for Doritos, Mattel and others, and also for its ads promoting conservative causes and candidates. The company is making its first foray into feature-length films and is seeking a theatrical release for “No Safe Spaces,” but there are no deals in place yet.
“Universities have become a laughingstock,” Prager said. “When prestigious institutions of rigorous academic instruction give out coloring books and Play-Doh to 20-year-old students in designated safe-space areas on campus, we are failing them.”
Prager and Carolla are no strangers to documentaries. Carolla wrote, co-produced and directed “Winning: The Racing Life of Paul Newman.” He also directed and co-produced “The 24 Hour War,” about Enzo Ferrari and Henry Ford II at Le Mans. Prager starred in “Baseball, Dennis & the French” and co-wrote and co-produced “For Goodness Sake,” directed by David Zucker, and two sequels directed by Trey Parker.
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