You’d think celebrated authors would be on the front lines in the battle for free speech in 2017. Wrong.
Take Joyce Carol Oates. The hard-left mind behind “them” and “Black Water” attempted to troll Bill Maher for defending Ann Coulter in the latest college free speech clampdown.
Coulter’s potential appearance at UC Berkeley got canceled due to security concerns. It’s just the latest capitulation to the progressive thugs trying to shut down free speech in recent months.
Yet Oates couldn’t quite rally on behalf of free speech like HBO host Bill Maher did. The liberal comic scorched his fellow liberals for not supporting free speech on campus, likening it to “book burning.”
Oates’ reply? Bring on the nuance.
— Joyce Carol Oates (@JoyceCarolOates) April 23, 2017
Oates doubled down with this retweet:
@JoyceCarolOates Coulter doesn’t discourse she only rants , no one needs to hear her.
— dont say his name (@ladyziggyloo1) April 22, 2017
Naturally, Twitter users fired back in a way the mainstream press wouldn’t dare print.
But we would.
— Bob Croft (@Bob_Croft) April 23, 2017
— Kathleen (@teamfrazzled) April 23, 2017
— Carole Gilman (@CaroleGilman) April 23, 2017
— Brian Ritchie (@Barnyard668) April 23, 2017
— Anna (@Mstwinkle1966) April 23, 2017
— Kurt Schlichter (@KurtSchlichter) April 23, 2017
— Velvet Sugar (@TMIWITW) April 23, 2017
— Robert Venosa (@robert_venosa) April 23, 2017
— Seth Peare (@SethPeare) April 23, 2017
— Deplorabus unum (@LaganoNl) April 23, 2017