After protesters at the University of Ottawa prevented Ann Coulter from giving a speech Tuesday night, the American conservative writer said it proved the point she came to make – free speech in Canada leaves much to be desired.
Then she said what she really thought of the student protesters who surrounded Marion Hall, making it to unsafe, in the view of her bodyguard, for the pundit to attempt entry.
“The University of Ottawa is really easy to get into, isn’t it?” she said in an interview after the cancelled event. . . .
Coulter said she has been speaking regularly at university campuses for a decade. While she has certainly been heckled, she said this is the first time an engagement has been cancelled because of protesters.
“This has never, ever, ever happened before – even at the stupidest American university,” she said.
Coulter remarked on the reception she has had since entering the country.
“Since I’ve arrived in Canada, I’ve been denounced on the floor of Parliament – which, by the way, is on my bucket list – my posters have been banned, I’ve been accused of committing a crime in a speech that I have not yet given, I was banned by the student council, so welcome to Canada!”
There’s a clever T-shirt. And Kathy Shaidle has much more at Five Feet of Fury. I jokingly suggested yesterday that Coulter is under attack because Canada’s ridiculous “human rights” laws don’t include blondes among the protected classes, but James Fulford explains there’s another problem:
Coulter actually has a case that people are hating her not because she’s beautiful, but because she’s a American. Anti-Americanism is respectable among Canada’s elites, and widespread, but in fact, under Canada’s human rights laws, which include “national or ethnic origin,” it’s just as illegal as hating Somalians.
Thank God that in America, we’re still free to hate Canadians. As far as I’m concerned, South Park had it right . . .
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