When Simon Tam started an Asian American dance rock band called The Slants, he didn't realize that he was starting an entire movement around freedom of expression and discussions on identity. Slanted is the story of an indomitable spirit who so believes in the idea of justice that he's willing to risk everything along the way for the dignity of self-identity. Simon shares a deeply personal account that will take you from anime conventions to the Supreme Court, all in the name of justice. The story provides a raw look at our legal system with unflinching honesty and offers timely insights on freedom of speech, how to connect with others we disagree with, and the power of music. It's an irrepressible story that is fresh, alive, and defines what it means to be American.
"Dance rock band front man Simon Tam sought to trademark The Slants. His aim was to reappropriate a term long used to disparage a minority group and to render the term a badge of pride. All of us agreed." -- Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
"You might be asking, who cares what a band can or can't call themselves. But that's the beauty of creativity: when you allow some passionate Asian American artists to express themselves authentically, you never know what or who they may inspire." -- Ronny Chieng, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
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