Before anyone decides to give her the benefit of the doubt I want to rattle off a bit about her education:
She graduated cum laude from Cornell in 1984 with a B.A. in history, and received her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School in 1988, where she achieved membership in the Order of the Coif and was an editor of the Michigan Law Review. At Michigan, Coulter was president of the local chapter of the Federalist Society and was trained at the National Journalism Center.
Does anyone believe she made a mistake with her choice of language? Does anyone believe that this was anything other than an attention getting tweet? She’s a smart lady. It was no mistake.
Why is this acceptable? The disability community is fighting the same fight against hate speech that the black community and the gay community fought (and continue to fight).
Try these sample tweets on for size. Tell me how easily they roll off your tongue:
I highly approve of Romney’s decision to be kind and gentle to the nigger.
I highly approve of Romney’s decision to be kind and gentle to the faggot.
I highly approve of Romney’s decision to be kind and gentle to the kike.
I highly approve of Romney’s decision to be kind and gentle to the rag head.
I highly approve of Romney’s decision to be kind and gentle to the cripple.
How do those sound? Do they seem in any way “acceptable”? Why is “retard” acceptable? Why is Ann Coulter’s tweet not considered hate speech? Why are Ann Coulter’s advertisers not abandoning ship?
It is no secret that Ms. Coulter’s entertainment career is built upon shocking her audience. I want to make clear that she’s an entertainer. I know her background is in journalism, but she’s not a journalist. Can we all agree that it’s time, as an audience, to leave her particular theater behind?