In ugly scenes

How the New Zealand Herald reported it:

More than 2000 counter-protesters – including one armed with a bottle of tomato soup – have seen British anti-trans activist Kellie-Jay Keen-Minshull aborting her central Auckland rally.

How it should have reported it:

More than 2000 counter-protesters made so much noise and were so violent that women’s rights activist Kellie-Jay Keen-Minshull was forced to cancel her central Auckland rally.

It does a little better in para 3:

In ugly scenes Keen-Minshull – who was in the country as part of her Let Women Speak tour aimed to support women’s rights – was drowned out by protesters galvanised by the LGBTQIA+ community.

As she was standing on the rotunda stage at Albert Park preparing to speak, one counter-protester rushed towards her and poured a bottle of soup over her head.

The protester then sprayed more on one of Keen-Minshull’s security guards.

Skirmishes broke out with pushing and shoving between the counter-protest group and Keen-Minshull’s much smaller entourage.

A barrier erected to try and keep the two factions apart was pushed down.

The soup-hurling protester was removed by security but Keen-Minshull’s attempts to speak were drowned out by drums, chants of “go home” and, at one point, a Whitney Houston song playing over the loudspeakers.

So in short they will never let women speak, unless we say what they tell us to say. If we try to say what we want to say they will rough us up.

Keen-Minshull arrived at Auckland Airport last night after a last-ditch court case to block her entry to NZ failed. When asked if she felt safe, Keen-Minshull said she felt New Zealand was “insane”.

She said she expected trans rights activists to be at her event and claimed “men [trans women] would come out. They’ve already threatened to be aggressive.”

Even when they’re assaulting her, the Herald has to correct her “men” to “trans women.” Funnily enough, their correction is not persuasive.

Keen-Minshull’s controversial tour has seen her face criticism from politicians and other social commentators for her assertion people cannot change their sex.

Ok Herald, what about it? Can people change their sex? We all realize they can get breasts or penises cut off, but can they change their sex?

She argues she is campaigning for women’s rights – but opponents say her transphobic rhetoric is a threat to trans people’s rights and safety.

I notice you always give “opponents” the last word. Why is that, Herald? Do you really think women saying men are not women are both wrong and evil?

Immigration New Zealand (INZ) announced earlier this week, after a review of whether Keen-Minshull should be allowed in, that she did not meet the high threshold to be considered an excluded person under Section 16 of the Immigration Act 2009.

The INZ assessment took into account the events in Melbourne, where her speaking event drew a crowd, including people who were seen giving Nazi salutes and shouting slurs, Minister for Immigration Michael Wood said earlier this week.

“Like many New Zealanders I would prefer it if Kellie-Jay Keen-Minshull never set foot in New Zealand. I find many of her views repugnant, and am concerned by the way in which she courts some of the most vile people and groups around, including white supremacists,” Wood has said.

Yes it’s so repugnant to say that men are not women.

I don’t know. Right now I feel like identifying as a tiger and growling.

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