But how could you no platform me? Me? Julie Bindel?

How have we arrived at this shocking state of affairs, where feminist campaigners are called “Nazi scum” and are no-platformed — denied a forum — for speaking out on behalf of marginalised and abused women?

Because the moment certain views are no platformed then at least potentially all views can be no platformed.

That’s why speech must remain free, d’ye see?

17 comments on “But how could you no platform me? Me? Julie Bindel?

  1. Writer in highest-circulation national broadsheet complains that she doesn’t have a platform for the public to hear her views.

  2. From what i have read Julie doesn’t see no, she doesn’t go into a great defence of free speech. She just thinks she’s right and the people deplatforming are wrong but have got help from men. So naturally in her mind and expressions it gets chucked into the mariana trench sized bucket of men oppressing women.

  3. I dunno, Tim. Have we ever had free speech in Britain?

    Seems to me deplatforming has been going on forever, it’s just the targets and rationale that have changed.

    Take a trivial, but possibly illuminating example: Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s single “Relax” was banned from the BBC for being extremely gay. (Great track, BTW, but the video and promotional materials were disgusting).

    This was about the same time as Clause 28, which banned local authorities from promoting homosexuality to children.

    Fast forward to Current Year, where the BBC spends a not inconsiderable amount of money on celebrating homosexuality, the State encourages little kids to question their sexuality and gender, and you can be run out of politics and the media or arrested for homoscepticism. (Ask Jim Davidson how his career’s doing)

    Or another one: Monty Python caused a kerfuffle with their irreverent comedy Life Of Brian. It faced outright bans or X-ratings from about 40 local authorities across the UK (it didn’t help that the film was hilarious). A lot of Britons still took Christianity and the Church seriously in them days, so offending them carried a cost.

    It’s hard to see anyone caring terribly much about upsetting Christians these days. But imagine if a comedy troupe tried to make an amusing film today about a gormless contemporary of Mohammed.

    Free speech sounds like a great idea, but it’s not obvious that Britain – with its long history of blasphemy and obscenity laws, and non-legislative but still very real official disapproval and censorship of certain opinions – has ever embraced it. I’m also not sure how we’d get there from here.

    There’s also a general sense of passivity on the Right – the Left gets Right-wingers demonetised or deplatformed, the Right quotes JS Mill at them in response – that doesn’t help at all. There’s no way to reason with a social justice warrior.

  4. ‘On Tuesday, having given a talk at Edinburgh University about male violence towards women and girls’

    Were you for it or against it?

    ‘I was attacked on my way to the taxi that was taking me to the airport.’

    Attacked?

    ‘A man, wearing a long skirt and with lots of dark stubble’

    Obviously not a man. She’s not paying attention.

    ‘Started screaming and shouting at me, calling me a Nazi’

    Fascists who demonize their opposition. Yep, that’s you, Honey.

  5. ‘no-platformed’

    ‘deplatformed’

    These must be erased from the vocabulary immediately. If you can be no platformed, it isn’t a platform.

  6. “…the Left gets Right-wingers demonetised or deplatformed, the Right quotes JS Mill at them in response ..”

    Wins the internet.

  7. So… Militant anti-Rainbow dyke gets “assaulted” by militant Rainbow unicorns and goes all Snowflake.

  8. Bindel might well be a hypocrite about no-platforming (maybe being called a Nazi will change her mind) but that doesn’t mean she deserves to get attacked by some crazy bloke in a dress.

  9. I suspect the reason why much of the left is batshit crazy is precisely because they are not routinely verbally abused in public. They convince themselves that silence means agreement.

  10. “but that doesn’t mean she deserves to get attacked by some crazy bloke in a dress”

    Lefty claims of violence are not to be believed.

    And what does the “bloke’s” dress have to do with it? Should “assault in a dress” be added to “hate crimes?”

  11. “Have we ever had free speech in Britain?”

    Free speech admits of degree…

    “This was about the same time as Clause 28, which banned local authorities from promoting homosexuality to children.”

    Clause 28 was about preventing indoctrination, not restricting free speech. Brng back clause 28 – with additions.

  12. @Gamecock June 9, 2019 at 11:21 am

    “Attacked?

    ‘A man, wearing a long skirt and with lots of dark stubble’

    Obviously a RoP. She’s not paying attention.”

    FTFY

    Mosque is across road from Ed Uni (George Square)

    @Bindell Oh dear….

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