How to do activism wrong

According to the Daily Mail, not only did the boycott organisers refuse to identify themselves or give examples of what exactly Smurthwaite has said that justified the boycott, but also:

Writing on Twitter after last Wednesday’s ‘damp squib’, she said: ‘I really didn’t think people were such a*******s as this.

‘We fully booked out overnight and I spent a lot of the last couple of days telling people I was sorry there was no more room.

‘Well it turned out the tickets had been reserved in bulk by people using spurious email addresses to make a point by then not showing up.

‘So a load of people who wanted to see my show were not able to and a vital charity doing life saving work missed out on at least several hundred quid, maybe more. I hope you’re really proud, you f****** s******s.’….

Ms Smurthwaite went ahead with the free show, which was to raise money for the charity Refugee Action with guests donating money on the door.

After the show, Ms Smurthwaite set up a JustGiving page for Refugee Action to make up for the lost donations, with a target of £500, which has already raised more than £1,600.

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From Daily Mail:

Feminist comedian’s charity gig sabotaged by opponents who booked tickets en masse and then didn’t turn up, leaving just eight people in the audience because of her ‘transphobic, whorephobic and Islamaphobic’ views

“A feminist comedian performed to just eight people after opponents bought tickets to the university charity gig en masse then didn’t up in protest to political comments made in the past.

Kate Smurthwaite’s The Wrong Kind of Feminist show at Goldsmiths College was fully booked but she fell victim to an ‘organised boycott’ over ‘transphobic, whorephobic and Islamophobic’ views.

The group that claims to have blocked the gig, to raise money for Refugee Aid, said it was a peaceful protest over her ‘abhorrent views’, but Ms Smurthwaite says they refuse to state what views they mean.”

This is absolutely appalling, and please read the entire article to find out exactly how appalling it is…

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