Canada Hates Anne Coulter; She Thinks That’s A Hate Crime

Ann Coulter at CPAC in February 2010. Photo: Gage Skidmore (CC)

Ann Coulter at CPAC in February 2010. Photo: Gage Skidmore (CC)

I’m not sure what’s more surprising: that Canadians are giving Anne Coulter the treatment she deserves, or that anyone is actually taking any notice of her over the top right wing rhetoric anymore. Personally I don’t think even she believes half the stuff she says – she just does it to garner attention and sell books. Report from Canada.com:

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 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. “I never get any trouble at the Ivy League schools. It’s always the bush league schools.”

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!”

The “accusation” of which Coulter speaks is a reference to an e-mail she received from University of Ottawa vice-president and provost Francois Houle on Friday, warning her that freedom of speech is defined differently in Canada than in the U.S. and that she should take care not to step over the line.

Coulter said that letter set the tone for and encouraged the protesters. She said it’s well known on the campus speaking circuit that conservatives need to travel with security staff, as she did.

“I’m pretty sure little Francois A-Houle does not need to travel with a bodyguard,” she said. “I would like to know when this sort of violence, this sort of protest, has been inflicted upon a Muslim — who appear to be, from what I’ve read of the human rights complaints, the only protected group in Canada. I think I’ll give my speech tomorrow night in a burka. That will protect me.”…

[continues at Canada.com]

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  • ebwolf

    Awww….poor little Annie.
    Got an issue?
    Have a tissue.
    Maybe Ann should revisit her own writing regarding the “cult of the victim.”

    • ebwolf

      P.S. Why does someone who excels at talking tough need bodyguards?
      Man up Ann.

      • Polymorpheous

        i think she IS a man!

  • cealie

    The first sentence of the article says it all “Canadians are giving Ann Coulter the treatment she deserves”.

  • nick__nick

    Ann Coulter should be shoved in a rocket and shot into the sun. My country, Canada, has NOTHING to do with her ignorant, flawed statements. Universities are about PROGRESSIVE ideas, not REGRESSIVE. We are building a new society though post-secondary institutions, not turning back the clock into the brutal inanity of the past. No hate crime here, we just DON'T want her in our country because she is IRRELEVANT to anyone other than right wing whiners in the U.S.

    • tonyviner

      Well, I can say “Amen” to that. Bret Hart was right about Americans, eh?

  • emperorreagan

    Ann Coulter's continued existence is a hate crime against me by God.

  • Synapse

    Whether you like her or hate her, she is correct in this case. The right to free speech is for EVERYONE, whether communists or nazis or whatever. Drowning out your opponents through threats and obstruction of their rights is far from the correct thing to do and makes you no different than the facists that want to take our rights away. It has become a hallmark of the ignorant left to make such attempts and no, 2 wrongs do not make a right.

    • nick__nick

      Protesters won their freedom of speech battle to get her out of their school. Free speech for anyone. Not just wack-jobs

    • Zardoz

      She was not denied entry or her chance to speak as she wished. She was just too chicken-shit to walk through a few protesters to get inside.
      Also, Godwin's Law. You fail.

  • tonyviner

    Some of what she mentions happening to her goes against my idea of “Free Speech”, but if I was her, I would be consider myself lucky that this is as bad as she is being treated. She is the scum of the Earth, and we would be a lot better off without her kind around. I am not going to do it, but someone should.

  • http://www.xenex.org/ xen

    So, other people demonstrating their freedom of expression — which Coulter has said women wouldn't need if men were doing their job of speaking for women — prevents Coulter from launching into her own freedom of speech through hate and invectives. I think there is some confusion here, as freedom of speech does not imply that anyone has to listen. It seems these students made clear they were not interested in listening to Coulter's rhetoric, so she left and gave her typical attention whoring press release. Everyone is a winner here, Coulter perhaps most of all.

  • Zardoz

    She was not denied entry or her chance to speak as she wished. She was just too chicken-shit to walk through a few protesters to get inside.
    Also, Godwin’s Law. You fail.

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