I like my jokes like I like my chocolate – dark and bitter. However, while I know many many people with a similarly twisted and cynical sense of humor, (e.g. Russians, Jews, everyone who has ever worked in any branch of the military or emergency services…) I am well aware that there are many people who don’t. I get that this is a personal failing on their part so I don’t blame them for it as long as they reciprocate and don’t get their knickers in a twist when they encounter sick jokes

Sadly these people are typically bansturbators and so, rather than just pass on by, they prefer to tell everyone else that making others laugh at the wrong thing should be punished. Thus there is a change.org petition regarding the tweet I posted as the featured image for this post:

Unbelievably, Katie Hopkins has been given a platform to insult, abuse and cause outrage for far too long. Attacking victims of Child Sex Exploitation is possibly the most disgusting act that any human can do. Does she have no boundaries? The scary thing is, this could happen to her own children right under her nose – being as self obsessed as she Is, how would she see the signs?

I think it’s about time Twitter took action and removed her from their platform, just as Facebook have done with Britain First.

Freedom of speech is something I believe in. Freedom of hate speech isn’t, I’m sure many people feel the same way.

I think it is worth taking a closer look at this bansturbationary masterpiece. Starting at the bottom:

Freedom of speech is something I believe in. Freedom of hate speech isn’t, I’m sure many people feel the same way.

This is classic “freedom of speech when the speech is anodyne or something I agree with but not otherwise” and not, actually freedom of speech. The correct answer to objectionable speech is more speech back pointing out that the originator is objectionable etc. etc. not forbidding her to make her objectionable comments.

I think it’s about time Twitter took action and removed her from their platform, just as Facebook have done with Britain First.

One wonders whether the same person would also seek to have twitter remove left-wing/islamic anti-semites such as Naz Shah. Or is that sort of hatred acceptable? How about the charming US progressives who wish death on conservatives of various stripes? Yeah I’m pretty sure I know what the answer is (see above re: “something I agree with”)

Now we get to the meat of the complaint

Attacking victims of Child Sex Exploitation is possibly the most disgusting act that any human can do.

It occurs to me that there’s perhaps a bit of guilt on show here. You see those pregnant 11 year olds in Telford got in that state because the local authorities, in fear of being branded racist and/or islamophobic, allowed gangs of muslim men to groom and abuse white girls for decades and ignored complaints/reports etc. that this was occurring. One suspects that the distaste for this joke is more because it reminds readers of the failures of the Briitsh Nanny state than actual concern for the feelings of 11 year old sex abuse victims. If the writer actually cared about the victims and subsequent potential victims he’d be campaigning to have the perpetrators and their facilitators in the police/social services punished appropriately (personally I think being nailed to a fence by their genitals would be reasonable, but I can see that people might differ on the details. Would a bit of rebar up the bum be better? both? or how about the traditional English hanging, drawing and quartering?) so as to make clear that this kind of behavior is unacceptable in the UK.

Meanwhile here is my approach to bansturbators I encounter on social media