Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Take a Camel

The Ann Coulter comedy circus was in London, Ontario last night and she didn't disappoint. So, after the 9/11 attacks, Ann said that Muslims should be converted to Christianity and denied air travel and suggested they take "flying carpets" instead. A London political science student Fatima Al-Dhaher took her on::
“As a 17-year-old student of this university, Muslim, should I be converted to Christianity? Second of all, since I don’t have a magic carpet, what other modes do you suggest”
Ann dodged with snark and more obscure references::
“I thought it was just American public schools that produced ignorant people,” 
She cited that "many" Japanese were converted to Christianity after WWII and “we haven’t heard a peep out of them.” Er, there is a whopping 1% of the population that is Christian in Japan and most Christians live in areas that have historically had missionary activity since the 16th. century.

After shouts of “Answer the question,” Coulter's quip was “What mode of transportation? Take a camel.”

Ah, the Eric Cartman or Michael Richards school of punditry.

Yesterday, I blogged about her being warned to keep things civil by the University of Ottawa provost. She wisely declined an interview {I think she knows she's not always quick on her feet when confronted}, and responded::
"Now that the provost has instructed me on the criminal speech laws he apparently believes I have a proclivity (to break), despite knowing nothing about my speech, I see that he is guilty of promoting hatred against an identifiable group: conservatives...The provost simply believes and is publicizing his belief that conservatives are more likely to commit hate crimes in their speeches. Not only does this promote hatred against conservatives, but it promotes violence against conservatives."
This article claims she intends on filing a complaint with the Canadian Human Rights Commission for the e-mail she received that she deems as a "hate crime."

Ann forgets that she has a track record of being offensive. Period. Trying to turn this into an anti-conservative bias and claiming that this incites violence towards conservatives is a stretch. Would George Will get a letter like that? Sarah Palin?

The sad thing is that Ann is playing this all straight and is taking herself way too seriously. She has a circus act and gets peeved when she's asked to clean up the dung when she comes to town. This is really about being the centre of attention, which is her bread and butter. She commands $10K US for speaking appearances. But, like Paris Hilton, when you're in the limelight for being ridiculous, don't get all bent out of shape when you're the butt of the joke.

Ann wants to have her cake and eat it too. I think she does far more damage to conservatism with her shock-schtick and looks pathetic by whining that she's being picked on.

What I want to see? I want to see her match vitriol with Triumph, the Insult Comic Dog. Here's Triumph getting political in 2008::

Twitterversion:: Ann Coulter comedy circus lands in Ottawa. Claims uOttawa is promoting hate vs. conservatives. Says she's a victim of hate crime. @Prof_K

Songs:: Barbara Streisand-'Send in the Clowns' & Southern Culture on the Skids-'Walk Like a Camel'

1 comment:

Officer Mazaltoff said...

An update on the Ann Clouter vs U of Ottawa.