Ward Churchill, also known as Chief Blowhard, who mocked the victims of 9/11 as “little Eichmanns”, continued his disparagement of those victims in an appearance at Baltimore’s Mid-Atlantic Radical Book Fair. During a speech where he blasted the University of Colorado for planning to fire him, (He doesn’t like the “power structure” but he sure loves their money) he also equated the oppression of smokers to the oppression of minorities, labeled those who have been critical of him as “Nazis” and UC to WWII Nazi universities.
He repeated the usual leftist talking point which were uncritically accepted by the audience of well-heeled “radicals” but he crossed the line with some of them when he launched into a joke about the 9/11 hijacking.
After some polite applause and soft laughter, Churchill blurted out a joke regarding what he perceived as the hilarity over how passengers on the 9/11 flights were “easily” hijacked by terrorists and flown into the World Trade Center.
“You do remember, the incident which the terrorists overpowered the stewardess on the aircraft and tweezed her eyebrows with his tweezers, until she screamingly submitted to fly the plane into a building remember that one?” Joked Churchill. “Tweezers… tweezed into submission.”
A smattering of nervous laughter followed, but at least one person in the audience was left with an entirely different reaction.
“I was disgusted by that statement,” said Peter Fotopoulos, an attendee from Churchill’s home state of Colorado. “It shows all that talk he made about mourning the suffering and deaths of Iraqi Children – that was the excuse he has given all along for his statement. Yet here he’s actually laughing about the mass murder of American citizens, including children, on those hijacked planes. Since when does any humanitarian do that – laugh about people being murdered? It was absolutely disgusting of him to do that. I had a friend who was killed in the World Trade Center. Ward’s exploited not just my friend’s death but now the murder of the flight’s passengers; he’s been laughing all the way to the bank.”
“Maybe what we’re seeing is Churchill finally speaking his mind unfiltered, and it’s not a pretty picture,” said Grant Crowell, a producer with the documentary film company Walking Eagle Productions (WEP), who attended of Churchill’s speaking event. “It’s a radical departure from his own writings, which may now come across as just feigned humanitarian outrage, especially when he shifts towards mocking murdered American citizens, including children.”
It may come across as manufactured humanitarian outrage because it is.
Churchill’s outrage is nothing more than an act put on to garner acceptance (and bucks) to support his decidedly unoppressed lifestyle. He’s selling snakeoil off the back of a wagon and the “radicals” are eagerly buying it. Will this change their minds?
Not a chance. As another Churchill once said, “”Most people, sometime in their lives, stumble across truth. Most jump up, brush themselves off, and hurry on about their business as if nothing had happened.” I’m sure they will do the same.