Friday, March 26, 2010
Just a short-ish rant. This week Ann Coulter - political commentary pundit who appears frequently on FOX - was supposed to give a talk at the University of Ottawa. Just a few days before that, she gave a talk at the University of Western Ontario, where she not only made rather radical and racist remarks, but also got into a shouting argument with a 17 year old female Arab student. Following that outrage, the University of Ottawa warned Coulter that discriminatory and racist language would not be tolerated on campus. She fired back with some snide comments about the university and political correctness. As a result of that, and quite possibly the fact that she is one of the most foul-mouthed, right-winged, racist and idiotic people on TV, a large crowd gathered (some media sources said 2000, personally I would estimate no more than 1000 - saw it myself being on campus at the time) to protest her talk. So then Coulter's security decided to cancel the talk, having security concerns. Of course she immediately invected about political correctness in Canada, lack of free speech, and University of Ottawa being a "bush league" school. Personally this is possibly the first time in 10 years that I'm proud to be a University of Ottawa student and alumni. My fellow students chose to exercise their freedom of speech, and Coulter fucked off. Way to go!