Brunel students who protest Katie Hopkins still don’t get free speech

Brunel became the latest university this week to diminish the standing of free speech as students turned their backs on rent-a-gob Katie Hopkins and then quit the lecture theatre.

Footage uploaded to the Internet showed the incident, which took place on Monday as Hopkins and other panellists debated the future of the welfare state as part of the university’s 50th anniversary celebrations.

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Keith Vaz has ‘no problem’ with blasphemy laws so long as applied ‘equally’

Keith Vaz, February 2011 by daliscar1

In a move that will please the religious right as well as egalitarians, it seems Home Affairs Committee chair Keith Vaz is open to blasphemy laws being brought back onto the books, so long as they protect the butthurt of all religious cranks “equally”.

Speaking after the subject of blasphemy was discussed by the Muslim Council of Britain last week, Vaz flip-flopped from one side of the debate to the other, first seemingly supporting the laws before backtracking.

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Street Fighter arse slap starts censorship row

Street Fighter V via Capcom

Feminists are forever whinging about the portrayal of women in video games, but now gamers appear to be matching their spurious complaints after a few minor alterations to character animations in the upcoming Street Fighter V.

The controversy erupted after fans noticed R. Mika, a somewhat clothed fighter from the game, was no longer shown slapping her arse as part of a finishing move, as demonstrated in the following clip:

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‘Concerned Student 1950’ social justice warriors merrily trample on the free press

Concerned Student 1950 vs the media, screencap via Mark Schierbecker

Censorious students are moving from ironic to trite with remarkable speed these days, even given the famed naivety of undergraduates when it comes to political moorings.

In Britain the Spectator termed the latest generation of pupils the “Stepford Students” some months ago, with the author Brendan O’Neill’s main title Spiked also putting together an index on which universities were the most illiberal in terms of free speech.

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Bahar Mustafa and #KillAllWhiteMen, or when equality activists don’t understand racism

Bahar Mustafa, No White-Cis-Men Pls

Racism, n.

A belief that one’s own racial or ethnic group is superior, or that other such groups represent a threat to one’s cultural identity, racial integrity, or economic well-being; (also) a belief that the members of different racial or ethnic groups possess specific characteristics, abilities, or qualities, which can be compared and evaluated. Hence: prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against people of other racial or ethnic groups (or, more widely, of other nationalities), esp. based on such beliefs.

Oxford English Dictionary

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