Bonnie Greer: Don’t Ban Pam Geller and Robert Spencer – We Need All Laughs We Can Get Right Now
It’s quite a wonder to behold, how ‘Tommy Robinson’ is fast becoming the Hugh Grant of far right nationalism. While poor old Nick Griffin, a fading light, does everything he can to capture our attention, his younger rival is racing rapidly up the Hate Hit Parade.
From a contretemps with Andrew Neil on the BBC, to open adulation from the inane Fox News’ breakfast show, Fox And Friends, there’s no stopping the leader of the English Defence League.
It is said that for his epic march in Woolwich on 29 June, he is fast assembling the crème de la crème of international Islamophobia. Who else but Mr Robinson could do this? And aren’t we blessed to have such a world figure on our shores? Forget Julian Assange. It’s all about ‘Tommy Robinson’ The Man Of Many Names.
His newest supporters are the Americans; Pamela Geller of Atlas Shrug and Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch, two committed individuals who will, without doubt, become household names in the wake of their association with the Great Leader.
‘Hope Not Hate’ have gathered over two thousand signatures on a petition to keep the Americans out. I understand ‘Hope Not Hate”s outrage, but they shouldn’t bother. Let them in. Who knows? Mr Robinson has such powers of persuasion now that perhaps he can secure Anders Breivik a day off to fly over and address the multitudes in Woolwich who will surely, without doubt, be there.
Ms Geller is a devotee of crypto-fascist novelist, Ayn Rand. Miss Geller has even named her organization after the novelist’s best known book: Atlas Shrugged. Geller’s obsession with arguably one of the worst American novels of the 20th Century should alone merit her ban, but that would curtail her and Rand’s potential entertainment value. And we need laughs now more than ever. Perhaps Geller will read passages at the gathering. This idiot’s lantern of ideas about capitalism has long been laughed out of court, but why should that deny Geller’s right of freedom of speech?
Failed GOP Vice Presidential candidate (I almost forgot his name) Paul Ryan is a huge groupie of the writer. To hear him launch into an analysis of America’s economic woes according to Rand is one of the great popcorn moments. Catch the 1947 version of Atlas Shrugged on YouTube. It is without doubt the most terrible movie the great icon Gary Cooper ever made. But as loony as it is, even Atlas Shrugged The Movie doesn’t begin to capture the epic insanity of the actual pages themselves.
And since we need even more people watching out for the coming Jihad, keeping “Jihad Watch”‘s Robert Spencer out doesn’t make sense. Since being a rightwinger makes him a “good Yank” he undoubtedly deserves the kind of welcome denied to him by his compatriots.
My one caution: I hope that Mr Robinson is having a care for Ms Geller’s sensibilities. I’m pretty sure that she’s never seen designer balaclavas before.
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