The woman shown in the video below, a former Reuters reporter and MSNBC contributor -- and an Egyptian who recently availed herself of the benefits of American citizenship -- appointed herself the final arbiter of what is and is not acceptable speech. Never mind that the advertisement she defaced was bought and paid for by another American citizen.
Mona's was a non-violent, peaceful protest against racism and all that, says she, who publicized her intention to spray-paint the sign well in advance. Blah, blah, blah. Blather, blather, blather. But in this country, you can say it, baby girl, so blather away.
But I daresay we all hope Mona's hot-pink misdemeanor is seen as nothing more than "responsible" "free speech." What a shame if it brought on more protests and American deaths in Muslim countries. Because that would seem-- well, gosh, irresponsible. And violence inciting!
In any event, here's a suggestion for you, Mona, while we're on the topic of rational thinking and being responsible: you respect my right to speak as much as I respect yours, and we'll get along just fine.
But I do have a question for you, given your anti-misogyny campaign: would it be okay with you if a radical Islamist, whom you'd grossly offended, defaced a pro-woman advertisement you yourself had made and paid for? Just wondering.
P.S. Anyway, Mona, thanks for leaving your RPG at home.
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