A face in the crowd

Campus Reform has posted a good report on events last week at the Amherst campus of the University of Massachusetts when Christina Hoff Sommers, Milo Yiannopoulos and Steven Crowder turned up to speak on political correctness. Protesters shouted obscenities in an effort to silence the speakers, saying they espouse “hate speech.” When one demonstrator complained about being treated like a child, Christina told her to “stop acting like a child.” Captured on video (below), this demonstrator’s performance has assumed allegorical status. It presents an allegory of the left.

The Campus Reform reporters caught up with the demonstrator before her allegorical moment:

One of the protesters took it upon herself to pass out literature expressing her concern for the “triggering” event, claiming the speakers “all demonstrate either that you don’t give a shit about people’s trauma and pain and think it’s funny to thrust people into states of panic and distress OR that you fundamentally do not understand what a trigger is, what it means to be triggered, and what a trigger warning is meant to prevent.”

When Campus Reform asked the activist to elaborate on the flyers, she refused to provide her name or comment because, as she put it, “Campus Reform causes death and death threats due to its extreme language.”

As the speakers walked onto the stage they were greeted with boos and middle fingers from many audience members, to which Steven Crowder graciously responded with a middle finger of his own.

The speakers were constantly interrupted throughout the event by shouts from the audience to “go home” or that “we don’t want you here,” with some of the most enthusiastic hollering coming from the very protester Campus Reform had attempted to speak with before the event.

When the protester attempts to interrupt Yiannopoulos at the beginning of the video, Hoff Sommers tells her to “calm down, young lady.” Paying no heed, the protester responds with an impassioned “F*** you! F*** you!”

Later on, the young lady begins loudly asserting that “hate speech is not welcome here” and demanding that the speakers “keep your hate speech off this campus,” all while insisting that she is the true embodiment of free speech.

“Stop talking to us like children!” she demands at another point.

“Then stop acting like a child,” Hoff Sommers responds coolly.

C.S. Lewis titled his great study The Allegory of Love. Our Lady of the Trigger gives us the The Allegory of Hate. Its leading features are blind hate, willful ignorance, and will to power, and it’s what the left has on offer.