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Lauren Southern wants to come to New Zealand to give a speech on August 3 which will no doubt insult various communities.
Should we let her in?
She appears to have a certain way of conducting her business as a self confessed journalist and vlogger. She goes places, says really controversial stuff, hopes to pick a fight, claims to be a victim and then leaves.
Her views are pretty extreme. She once said that Adolf Hitler “was just an SJW [social justice warrior] who happened to get freaky amounts of power”.
For instance here she is picking a fight at an anti facist protest in London. It was all filmed in detail.
The overwhelming impression that I received after watching it was that she was only after clicks.
And here she is insulting a group of women protesting against rape culture. Her lack of understanding and sensitivity is mind boggling.
Attempts by some of the participants to educate her were wasted.
She was recently banned from entering the United Kingdom. From the Independent:
Canadian far-right activist Lauren Southern has been detained in Calais and banned from entering the UK.
Ms Southern, who worked for far right Canadian site The Rebel Media, was held by Border Force in Coquelles on Monday.
A Home Office spokesperson told The Independent: “Border Force has the power to refuse entry to an individual if it is considered that his or her presence in the UK is not conducive to the public good.”
Ms Southern, who supported a seaborne mission seeking to hamper the rescue of refugees, claimed British authorities had told her she was “officially banned from UK for racism” after being detained.
“They just locked me out and said ‘au revoir’… Officially banned from UK for ‘racism’.. Doing fine though, all the cool people are being banned anyway,” the ultra-conservative provocateur said on Twitter.
It appears the authorities were heeding warnings given by the anti racism movement. Again from the Independent:
Dr Joe Mulhall, a senior researcher for anti-racism campaign Hope not Hate, raised concerns about Ms Southern’s activism.
“We’ve been watching Lauren Southern for some time, and she has gradually become more and more extreme in her outbursts and associations,” he told The Independent in a statement.
“The decision to refuse her entry came after she distributed racist material in Luton on a recent visit to the UK.
“In our State of Hate 2018 report released earlier this month, we warned that one of the major threats we would witness this year was the linking-up between Stephen Lennon (Tommy Robinson) with North American far-right alternative media personalities such as Southern and the far-right Generation Identity (GI) movement in Europe. This has seen an unholy alliance start to come together particularly over social media but also in the offline space.
The local Muslim community oppose her being granted permission to visit. From Radio New Zealand:
Lauren Southern and Stefan Molyneux are best known for their far-right alternative views on everything from feminism, gender and immigration to Islam.
Earlier this year, Ms Southern was banned by from entering the UK on the grounds of her involvement “in the distribution of racist material in Luton”, according to the BBC.
The Islamic community voiced their opposition to the visit last month.
New Zealand Federation of Islam Associations president Hazim Arafeh said it had written letters to the Immigration Minister, Minister for Ethnic Communities and the Human Rights Commission asking for Lauren Southern to be denied entry.
“[She] abuses her right of freedom of speech. She’s just going to give a talk in which she’s just going to insult all of us,” Mr Arafeh said.
“I don’t think insulting Muslims comes under free speech, that’s an abuse of freedom of speech.
“I’m talking on behalf of 50,000 to 60,000 Muslims in New Zealand who are going to face a very hard time by all the comments she is going to make.”
The proposed venue for her speech is the Bruce Mason Centre in Auckland, an Auckland Council owned venue.
My personal view? Freedom of speech does not require us to let her in to insult local communities. And Auckland Council should cancel her booking.
If you want to do something there is a petition you can sign.
Update: Auckland Council and Phil Goff pulled the booking and the speech has been cancelled.