POSTED RESPONSES TO AN EDITORIAL AND A COLUMN IN TORONTO'S GLOBE AND MAIL
"…the free exchange of ideas…."
What pompous nonsense!
Coulter exchanges no ideas, only attitudes, hateful attitudes.
And she was not there to speak and inform – she was there to entertain those who laugh at the jokes of nasty-mouthed twelve-year olds.
This woman is a hatemonger without redeeming values.
Had she attacked the appearance or customs of Orthodox Jewish people, as she does those of others, the Globe would be patting itself on the back while pronouncing that Canada has no room for her.
And in that case, you would be right.
As it is, you could not be more wrong.
And your pompous phrasing takes no account of the fact that the University of Ottawa did permit this seething lump of intolerance to speak.
It was a large group of people, exercising their own rights of speech, who shouted her down.
And, as someone who dearly embraces free speech and hates censorship, I applaud them.
What Ann Coulter really represents - apart from intolerance and the retarded-development humor of a frat boy - is the triumph of info-tainment.
America is awash in info-tainment, having even at least one entire network dedicated to it, Fox.
She was here to make her offering on an organized tour with promised profits, just as Cirque du Soleil does Los Vegas.
Indeed, circus performer – of the kind from the old days of “freak show” tents - would be one accurate way to describe what she does.
Ideas and information are no more part of her act than they are for nude lap-dancer at a men’s lounge.
It is truly absurd to discuss her in any other light: to do so is to buy in to the idea that Americans are informed by Fox Television.
Ian Hunter offers us a remarkably vacuous article.
What Mr. Hunter has done here, thinly disguised as a defense of free speech and quality education, is attack Allan Rock, obviously a politician he does not like.
The issue of free speech is truly not present in this incident.
Ms Coulter is a paid performer.
And an audience booed her off the stage.
It used to happen all the time in Vaudeville.
Remember the old jokes about the cane dragging an unpopular performer off the stage?