Conservative campus speakers have long endured the threat of pie-throwing, shoe-wielding, salad dressing-tossing nutballs (see below). MSM types have barely batted an eye.
Now, enviro-nitwits have been caught throwing pies at NYTimes columnist and author Thomas Friedman because they disagreed with his approach to global warming.
I predict we’ll see a blossoming of liberal media pieces decrying the mob atmosphere at American colleges and universities and calling for civility in academic exchanges. Better late than never. I guess:
A Brown University student was apprehended by Brown University police last night after allegedly throwing a green pie container filled with what appeared to be green whipped cream at a New York Times columnist who had been invited to speak to students about energy.
Thomas Friedman ducked the pies, which were thrown by two people who rushed the stage just after he stepped to the microphone. He avoided the brunt of the contents, stepped off stage for a few minutes, and returned to deliver his speech.
“We are grateful that Mr. Friedman went on to deliver his lecture to a full audience, who gave him a standing ovation,” reads a statement from Vice President of Public Affairs Michael Chapman.
The two rushed the stage with the pies, and then threw fliers into the crowd which aired their criticisms of Friedman’s views on the free market and climate change.
“Freedom of speech is prized on a university campus,” Chapman said in his statement, “While Brown students are encouraged to express their opinions on any subject and in a variety of forums, the University does not tolerate such assaults against a speaker or disrupting the right of others to hear a speaker’s perspectives.”
The student was placed in the custody of the Department of Public Safety. The school in a statement said it will review the incident through a “non-academic disciplinary system,” and determine what to do from there.
I also predict slightly more than the usual slap on the wrist that other speech-squelchers have received. It’s one thing to bully one of us right-wing speakers. But academia simply can’t have students tossing objects at Pulitzer Prize winners.
The Brown Daily Herald has more details and a photo of the apprehended pie thrower. The assailants called themselves the “Greenwash Guerillas.”
A female audience member ran on stage last night and threw a green pie at New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, who had just begun a lecture on environmentalism in Salomon 101. The woman had been sitting in the south side of the auditorium’s front row when she pulled the pie out of a Brown Bookstore plastic bag that had been tucked in a red backpack and leapt out of her seat.
At the same time the woman threw the pie, a male accomplice seated a few rows back ran down the aisle and onto the stage, throwing small pamphlets explaining the actions into the crowd.
After the pie hit Friedman and splattered on his face and torso, the two jumped offstage and ran out of the southeast exit of the building, followed closely by a man trying to catch them. A police officer also ran toward the exit but stayed inside…
…The pamphlets thrown by the male accomplice identified the pair as the “Greenwash Guerillas,” who wrote that they were acting “on behalf of the earth (sic) and all true environmentalists.”
One side of the pamphlet contains an excerpt from a September 2006 review of Friedman’s book, “The World is Flat,” written by Raymond Lotta for the journal “Revolution,” which styles itself as the “Voice of the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA.” The review is highly critical of Friedman, who the review claims cannot see his own errors while “seated in the business class of his analytical jetliner.”
The other side contains five bullet-points explaining why “Thomas Friedman deserves a pie in the face,” which include reasons like “his sickeningly cheery applaud for free market capitalism’s conquest of the planet,” and “for helping turn environmentalism into a fake plastic consumer product for the privileged.”
The pamphlet declares “Thomas Friedman’s ‘Green’ as fake and toxic to human and planetary health as the cool-whip (sic) covering his face.”
So predictable it’s cliche. But here you go, fresh from HuffPo:
You’re right, Bulbul. As one of the main cheerleaders for the Iraq War,he got his just “desserts.”
Posted 04:43 PM on 04/23/2008
Was it humble pie, this neocon-artist needs a big slice of it.
Posted 04:25 PM on 04/23/2008
Only if the “innards” of the pie came from the horse stall…….
Posted 05:02 PM on 04/23/2008
It could be argued that a cream pie IS free speech (though a concrete pie is not). Certainly it’s one of the better means of deflating the pompous and self-important. I’ve always
thought that to deliver a cream pie in a truly classy manner, one should include a cheque to cover the cost of the dry cleaner.
Posted 04:59 PM on 04/23/2008
Pie throwing is not bullying. Pie throwing tells these self-appointed MSM pundits that their clever triangulating columns and positions are simply wrong, and not at all wise. The bullies are on the other side of the equation. They squelch scientists reports for political favor. They disbelieve in evolution, photosynthesis, geological time, and whatever else their hillbilly Christians want them to disbelieve. They are criminal, and the least we can do (absent tar and feathering) is pie them.
Posted 04:28 PM on 04/23/2008
Couldn’t have happened to a nicer Zionist NeoCon. Next time hopefully it’ll be a plate of whipped fecal matter.
Posted 04:10 PM on 04/23/2008
Update: Allah’s got the vid clip.