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Both Allie Beth Stuckey and Eric Erickson were suspended from Twitter for stating a simple fact—that Laurel Hubbard, the biological male competing as female in the Tokyo Olympics—is male. The truth is now banned from many social media platforms, and people will have to police their own speech if they want to hang on to their audiences.
By the way, if you want to know what the female weightlifters thought about competing against a biological man, here is their response to an enthusiastic reporter who wanted their thoughts on the privilege of having a transgender competitor—dead silence:
So what did the female weightlifters think about Laurel Hubbard competing against them? Here is their response to an enthusiastic reporter–dead silence: pic.twitter.com/YPotuiRruk
— Jonathon Van Maren (@JVanMaren) August 9, 2021
Speaking of that sort of insanity, the Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights is now offering advice on “chestfeeding”—which refers to breastfeeding, but if the woman now identifies as a man. And you’re an extremist if you don’t believe this nonsense, by the way.
If you’re not keeping up with Tal Bachman’s systematic dismantling of transgender ideology over at SteynOnline, you’re missing out.
As I noted in my recent article on Viktor Orban’s Hungary, Tucker Carlson was just in Budapest and the Left has been melting down in response. Here is Carlson’s interview with the Hungarian prime minister—and here is an angry response from a Hungarian about the penchant of American commentators for referring to Orban as “fascist” and Hungary as a dictatorship.
Anyway, Rod Dreher has wrapped up his stay in Hungary with a very good summary of the controversy and why he believes that Orban’s Hungary is worth watching. An excerpt:
For me, the most important thing about Tucker Carlson’s much-discussed visit to Hungary is that it will prompt many American conservatives who either never heard of the place, or accepted as received wisdom the idea that it is a “fascist” country, to start paying attention to it. (Nota bene: yesterday in Esztergom I shared a stage with Peter Kreko, one of the best known liberal critics of the Orban government. Peter said from the stage that whatever his and my political differences are, we both agree that it is absurd to describe Hungary as “fascist”. So if you won’t take it from me, take it from a Budapest professor who publicly criticizes Orban and his Fidesz party.) Anyway, I published a piece last week in The Spectator making a “two cheers for Orban” case for the Hungarian leader’s relevance to Anglo-American conservatism.
I was pleased to read Budapest-based NYT writer Ben Novak’s piece on the Carlson visit. Unlike the dumb piece by his columnist colleague Jamelle Bouie, who describe he youth culture and music festival in Esztergom where Carlson, Kreko, Dreher, and many others — including leftists — spoke as a “conference of far right activists,” Novak’s piece was fair. Again, my complaint isn’t that people criticize Hungary and Viktor Orban; it’s that the criticism is so often in bad faith, or flat-out wrong.
If you’ve been following this debate, do read the whole thing.