Ann Coulter comes to Ontario to tell us gay men throw like girls, can’t marry
We were wondering why the weather in Toronto suddenly turned chilly, but then we read this. That’s right, Ann Coulter is in our midst, and she is getting quite a cool reception. The hotheaded conservative pundit is in Ottawa today for her second stop in a three-city university tour, but before she even stepped on Canadian soil, she received a letter from the University of Ottawa provost, Francois Houle, reminding her of Canada’s freedom of speech laws, which prohibit hate speech toward identifiable groups. The letter was immediately leaked to selected outlets: the National Post and Newsmax, a conservative news provider in the U.S. Unsurprisingly, Coulter failed to take Houle’s caution to heart and attacked gays, Muslims, feminists and immigrants.
To say that Coulter brings controversy would be as redundant as saying Justin Timberlake brings sexy back or, perhaps more aptly, that salmonella brings severe discomfort. At the pundit’s first stop, at the University of Western Ontario in London, she and a Muslim student got into a heated exchange during a Q&A. The 17-year-old asked for clarification regarding Coulter’s statement, made soon after 9/11, that if Muslims were having difficulty flying, they should travel by magic carpets. In response, Coulter told Fatima Al-Dhaher, the student, who has no access to a flying carpet, that she should use a camel. Um, zing?
Coulter’s hallmark inability to get facts straight endeared her even further to the Canadian audience when she mocked gay men, noting, according to the Globe’s Jane Taber, that they cannot do two things: “get married to each other” and “throw a baseball without looking like a girl.” Taber also mentions that Coulter believes that feminists, gays and illegal aliens “all want to be black, as they complain their rights are being attacked in the same way the rights of African-Americans once were.” Um, shudder?
The last stop on Coulter’s tour, organized by the International Free Press Society and funded in part by the American Claire Boothe Luce Policy Institute, is this Thursday in Calgary. We’re sure the weather will be lovely.