Ladies and gentlemen, start your analogies!

What, according to an uncharacteristically like-minded punditocracy, Sir Wilfrid Laurier University TA Lindsay Shepherd was subjected to for being a “wrong-thinker” (Wente), committing a “thought-crime” (Murray) and indulging in “WrongTeach” (Mallick) in one of her classes…

…a Maoist struggle session…
—Margaret Wente, Globe and Mail, Nov. 20, 2017.

…a struggle-session-like interrogation…
–Crusty Blatchford, National Post, Nov. 21, 2017.

…an Orwellian “star chamber” [sic]…
—Ezra Lügenpants, Rebel Media, Nov. 21, 2017.

…a mind-boggling, Orwellian interrogation…
—, Nov. 21, 2017.

…high-handed thought-policing…
—Shree Paradkar, Toronto Star, Nov. 21, 2017.

…[an] inquisition…
—Douglas Murray, The Spectator, Nov. 21, 2017.

…a Court of Star Chamber…
—Paul Adams,, Nov. 22, 2017.

…a nauseating Star Chamber…
—Conrad, Lord Tubby, National Post, Nov. 24, 2017.

…[a] trial, Handmaid’s Tale style…
—Heather Mallick, Toronto Star, Nov. 24, 2017.

…a Kafka-esque response…inquisition…Orwellian nightmare…
—Tony Wilson, Canadian Lawyer, Nov. 27, 2017.

…[a] Maoist “struggle session…”
—Barbara Kay, National Post, Nov. 28, 2017.

…[a] shaming session…
—Lorne “Two-gun” Gunter, Toronto Sun, Nov. 29, 2017.

Final score: Mao 4, Orwell 2 5/6, Charles I 2 1/2, Torquemada 1 1/3, Atwood 1, Kafka 1/3

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4 comments on “Ladies and gentlemen, start your analogies!
  1. OJM says:

    “Orwellian”? Actually, these are fine examples of exactly the kind of mechanical, cliché-ridden writing Orwell denounced in his essay “Politics and the English Language”.

  2. gormab says:

    Amen to that. But columnists aren’t on staff because they’re smart. It’s because they’re cheap. They’re too stupid to know how bad they are, so they just crank out reams of copy, filling lots space with hot air.

    The thing that disturbed me most about that whole sorry affair was the newspaper story that described the trans people across the street from the T/A’s victory rally, holding signs saying, Don’t forget us. I have to think, if the T/A was such a fair-minded, free-speech enthusiast, she might have invited them up onto the stage with her.

    A quote that keeps coming back to me these days is something Robert Charlebois said when he was asked if he sided with separatists or federalists: Quarrels among fascists don’t interest me.

  3. Mikeonthebike says:

    Wynne , Wynne….lickety split ?

  4. Patrick60 says:

    No points to Ezra for mixing his metaphors.

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