Firebrand conservative Ann Coulter’sÂ lecture at a Canadian college was cancelled Tuesday night over fears students would riot over racist remarks she made to Muslims.
Security at the University of OttawaÂ scrapped the right-wing darling’s talk when more than 2,000 students showed up to protest her telling a Muslim student Monday to “take a camel” as an alternative to flying.
Coulter’s tasteless comment came after previously she told a gathering that Muslims shouldn’t be allowed on airplanes and should take “flying carpets.”
The camel quip came when Muslim student Fatima Al-DhaherÂ challengedÂ Coulter on the remark – and told her she didn’t have a flying carpet. “What mode of transportation?” Coulter responded. “Take a camel.”
A protest organizer, international studies student Mike Fancie, said he was pleased they were able to stop Coulter from speaking.Â “What Ann Coulter is practicing is not free speech, it’s hate speech,” he said. “She’s targeted the Jews, she’s targeted the Muslims, she’s targeted Canadians, homosexuals, women, almost everybody you could imagine.”
Students jeered Coulter’s remarks, and showed up in mass Tuesday night let her know she was not welcome at the school.Â Coulter tried to explain away her comments Tuesday as “satire.”
“I can say it a lot quicker with a joke, and by the way, they wouldn’t be bringing me in here for a speech if I never told a joke, if I never used satire,” she told a Canadian TV news channel.
Coulter expressed her outrage, calling the University of Ottawa a “bush league” institution in an interview for The Washington Times.Â “This has never happened before,” she told the newspaper. “I go to the best schools, Harvard, the Ivy League and those kids are too intellectually proud” to threaten speakers.
Coulter, a best-selling author and syndicated columnist, was in the middle of a three-city tour of Canada, which began at the University of Western Ontario in London on Monday, and ends in Calgary on Thursday.
The event in London earlier went without incident, but not without controversy.
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