Things that having freedom of speech means:

  • The government can't stop you from or punish you for saying or publishing what you want. (Within reason-- no libel, hate speech, etc.)

Things that having freedom of speech does not mean:

  • Your employer has to continue employing you no matter what you choose to say.
  • Gatekeepers┬áhave to give you a platform for your ideas whether they want to or not.
  • Other (non-government) people are not allowed to tell you to shut up

(This post brought to you partly, although certainly not exclusively, by the fact that orchestras are not organizations that have any power to grant or withhold the right to free speech even if they wanted to!)