Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Ann Coulter's Somewhat Excellent Adventure.

Aw, isn't it nice that America's Number One Non-Traitorous Commentator wants to talk to our good little Soviet Canuckistani university students?

The preamble:
  • She speaks at the University of Western Ontario, apparently without incident.
  • Next stop on her speaking tour (sponsored by a group which calls Muslims the world's greatest threat to democracy and freedom): the University of Ottawa.
  • The provost and academic VP of UofO, Fran├žois Houle, sent her a little letter beforehand saying, "You know, you might want to be careful what you say here, because Canada has anti-hate-speech laws. Heads-up."
  • Coulter takes this and runs with it, suggesting Houle wants to "prosecute her with hate speech" (which he can't do, because he's not a cop, duh).
  • Last night, Coulter was scheduled to give her speech, which is entitled "Political Correctness, Media Bias and Freedom of Speech" which I think is both hilarious and ironic, for reasons explained below.*
So.

According to this Washington Times article (n.b. the Times is a very conservative newspaper, and was incidentally founded by the Rev. Sun Myung Moon back in the '80s), there were about 2000 protestors outside the event — something she's experienced often before — but things got particularly hairy when someone inside the building in which she was to speak pulled a fire alarm.

(Aside: that was a fucking brilliant idea. I'm not normally a fan of abuse of the fire code, but I have to hand it to whoever thought that up.)

In light of all this, the event was cancelled before Coulter could even say a word. Naturally, she had some comments afterwards, concerning the event:
  • The UofO is a "bush league" university
    Strange that she'd agree to go there in the first place, isn't it?
  • At UofO, "their IQ points-to-teeth ratio must be about 1-to-1"
    Presumably this means the students, perhaps including those who'd paid to hear her talk
  • She thinks she'll be able to prosecute a hate-crimes case against UofO because they believe "conservatives are more likely to commit hate crimes in their speeches"
    Funny, I don't see David Frum getting targeted the same way you were
  • Now, provost Houle's name is, "in English, Frank A-Hole"
    UofO is bilingual, as is our country, so if that's a crack against the French you're aiming it in the wrong place
AP has a piece which you can watch here. Standard-issue protestors, natch (hell, if I was in Ottawa, I probably would've been there), but what I noticed most was how empty the place was inside. The AP suggests about 100 people were inside, waiting for her to talk. Really? Is that all you can draw in a metropolitan area of a million, Miss Conservative Celebrity?

In conclusion... don't change a bit, Ann. We love you just the way you are: Dartboard Target Number One.
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* One, I'm no fan of overwhelming political correctness, but its presence does manage to get people to think about how they use language, which can be really, really sexist. Two, all media are biased, but people only tend to notice the media which are biased against their views. Three, we have the freedom of speech, but as the old saying goes, "Your rights end where my rights begin."

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