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Things I Have to Say: Ann Coulter’s Jaw

November 25, 2008

By now you may have heard that Ann Coulter’s jaw was broken (reportedly in a fall), and as a result the commentator’s jaw has been temporarily wired shut.

Yes, Coulter is loud and abrasive and opinionated, and I tend to disagree with her on just about everything that comes out of her mouth. Yes, it may be the only circumstance under which she doesn’t have *something* vile to say.

But, those of you who have said you’re thankful for her broken jaw and resultant wiring, those of you who have headlined your posts “There is a God!”… No, just no, I cannot go there with you. Especially those who rejoiced in the news before the cause of the break was reported, when it just as easily could have resulted from an act of violence. No. I am not going to join you in relishing, in laughing at, someone else’s pain.

Even in disagreement with a person’s general worldview and commentary, I like to think that being giddy and amused that someone was hurt is not somewhere we’re willing to go. In the words of Rachel Maddow, somebody may need to “talk me down,” because right now I’m not sure that the line between these reactions I’m seeing and “ha ha, bitch deserved it” or “she was asking for it” is a very stark one.

Why this post? This post that seemingly is not women’s health-focused? Because I think it’s important to say, “No, it’s not appropriate to be happy that a woman was hurt and as a result will be silenced.” Even if the hurt was accidental, even if the silence is temporary. Even if she were a man, even if we find her words objectionable. Even if the whole thing smacks of delicious irony in your mind.

No, it’s not appropriate to be happy that a woman was hurt and as a result will be silenced.

72 Comments leave one →
  1. November 25, 2008 6:03 pm

    Normally, Kiddo, I’d be right with ya. Not for this one. She has spewed so much poison in so few years, I am insensitive to her pain. I’m convinced she has caused more than a little violence to others in her day.

  2. November 25, 2008 6:58 pm

    It just feels wrong in my stomach, and I had to say so, Mack, knowing that some people would feel as you do.

  3. Phil permalink
    November 25, 2008 7:07 pm

    Yeah, opinionated she certainly is. And what really gets the Liberal-Left on her case is the clarity and intelligence with which she demolishes everything sacred to the Political Correctniks .

  4. November 25, 2008 7:54 pm

    I don’t like much of what she has to say, never have and probably never will, but that doesn’t mean I think she should be silenced, no matter how it happened. She has the right to voice her opinions, just like everyone else has that same right. If you silence one person just because you don’t like what they have to say, where does it stop? And if it’s done violently, where does the violence stop? It doesn’t, and pretty soon, it’s happening to the people with whom you do agree, and then to you. That’s not somewhere I want to go.

  5. rena permalink
    November 25, 2008 9:34 pm

    I don’t “rejoice” that she hurt herself. But she is about as nasty as they get and it doesn’t bother me either. She is, after all, someone who works on inciting violence in the dimwits who follow her (including, e.g., the commentator who mentions her “clarity” and “intelligence” – yikes!)

    When you sink to the levels Coulter has sunk to, you shouldn’t be surprised if people have a feeling of “she got hers” when something happens. And the nature of the injury (that she is temporarily “shut up”) is particularly admittedly kind of funny.

  6. Dave Berkshire permalink
    November 25, 2008 9:38 pm

    Clarity? Intelligent? Not even close. Unless you consider obviously ridiculous statements to be clear and intelligent. Otherwise, I agree with Rachel that I don’t want to rejoice at her misfortune.

  7. Jim Champion permalink
    November 25, 2008 9:56 pm

    Good God! Break her fingers so she can’t write.

  8. November 25, 2008 10:04 pm

    I’m with you, Rachel. I can’t even get behind the “But that jaw has released so much hate in the world” argument.
    Let’s be clear on this. Ann Coulter is a hateful woman. But “she got hers” is as virulent an argument as any Coulter ever made, because it’s so widespread and pernicious. “She got hers” shows up in just about every Sexism Watch post Shakesville puts up, because apparently if a woman “puts herself out there” as a public figure then she has no right to criticize any of the harm that comes her way. “She got hers,” it almost goes without saying, attends pretty much any rape trial. And even if you argue that really, truly, this particular time this particular woman actually.

  9. Freaky Weasel permalink
    November 25, 2008 10:19 pm

    I’ll follow Mack’s lead. If Michael Vick gets out of prison and suffers a vicious dog bite, it won’t matter much to me. I’d just savor the delicious irony.

    Comeuppance, sometimes it arrives by the hand of fate.

  10. David permalink
    November 25, 2008 11:01 pm

    Schadenfreude is a human reaction. I don’t rejoice, but I certainly appreciate the irony.

  11. November 26, 2008 6:36 am

    And lets be clear about this. She didn’t lose a child, or get diagnosed with some debilitating disease. Its a broken jaw. It will heal. Now, if someone struck her to cause it, I’d find the requisite amount of sympathy and outrage.

    Tanglethis, I agree with you, except to say that this woman didn’t just “put herself out there”. Plenty of women show up on my radar that i completely disagree with, or that I just find unlikeable. Ms. Coulter has shown no remorse for some very inappropriate and hurtful slurs, and has herself rejoiced at the pain of others. Trust me, it ain’t the careerism we find distasteful.

    She got hers is rather fitting.

  12. November 26, 2008 8:08 am

    I’m not laughing at the fact that she got hurt, I’m laughing at the fact that a notorious loudmouth got her trap screwed shut for a little while. If she had to wear a cast on her arm I wouldn’t be laughing, because as you correctly point out, the injury itself is not funny at all.

    By way of analogy: I didn’t laugh when George W. Bush fell off the Segway, but I did laugh at the jokes on the late night shows the following evening.

  13. November 26, 2008 8:31 am

    Thanks to everyone so far for commenting. Tanglethis and Vesta, I think we’re on the same page. I get the joke, I get the schadenfreude, but I’m very uncomfortable with the idea of her “deserving” it, or deciding that it’s okay because it’s not an illness or lost child.

  14. November 26, 2008 8:41 am

    Rachel, see comment number 12.

  15. November 26, 2008 8:44 am

    Mack, I had read it-I simply don’t agree. I understand why some people are reacting the way they are, but as tried to point out in the post, I feel compelled to say that it strikes me as inappropriate and vicious.

  16. November 26, 2008 9:33 am

    Yeah, Mack, that’s exactly what I said: for any instance of any woman getting “comeuppance,” there will be plenty of people arguing “No, really, she really-really deserved it.” The fact that, this one time, you’re pretty sure she did really-really get hers doesn’t detach you from that. You’re still part of the “she got hers” meme, and I won’t be, because while I see the irony I don’t see anything positive or enjoyable about it… and I am awfully sick of that meme.

  17. November 26, 2008 9:35 am

    Ann Coulter told Michael Savage she brought Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings, but if he didn’t want it, she would chew through the kitchen wall because she smelled peanut butter on a spoon in the sink. Ann Coulter chewed through a television power cord. Ann Coulter chewed a hole in a sack of corn.

  18. MomTFH permalink
    November 26, 2008 9:42 am

    Thank you. I completely agree. Hypocrisy is wrong. I do not relish anyone’s pain. I would be very upset if it happened to Hillary Clinton and there was a similar reaction (which I am sure there would be.) I extend the same humanism to Anne Coulter.

    I can attack her for her atrocious views and her awful judgments, her hostility. No one deserves to be involuntarily silenced, especially not due to a violent injury. She is the type to want to deny the freedoms she is so patriotic about when it comes to her enemies. I am not the same type of hypocrite.

  19. infamousqbert permalink
    November 26, 2008 10:29 am

    thanks for this. i always get a little queasy at these reactions, even as i have them myself. while i may be glad that she’s not speaking for a while, i can never be glad that someone else, even a vile someone else, is in pain.

  20. November 26, 2008 10:40 am

    Well, tanglethis and rachel, i just don’t know where to go from here. She fell. (thats all we have to go on for now) Had she struck her head or become paralyzed as a result, there would be no humor in it. The funny part, dripping with irony, is that her LOUD VILE MOUTH MUST BE WIRED SHUT FOR A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME, SPARING THE WORLD OF HER POISON. Am I happy she fell? No. Is the result humorous? Yes.

    You know, my whole life has consisted of feeling for and in many cases defending those unable to defend themselves, regardless of gender. If this had happened to a meek, 125 pound man, i doubt there would be the same concerns expressed…

    This is where y’all lose me, and trust me there are a BUNCH of guys out there like me. We get it, but it has to be okay to say someone sounds shrill when they do. It has to be ok to treat a woman in the identical manner as you would a man. Otherwise, baby/bathwater.

  21. November 26, 2008 10:46 am

    Apologies for yelling, i should have used bold html thingies.

  22. November 26, 2008 11:17 am

    Mr. Mack, she can still type, so she will continue to express her opinion. Your point, then, is what, precisely? Yelling is generally a sign you have already lost the argument, isn’t it?

  23. November 26, 2008 11:20 am

    Mr. Mack, I don’t think you totally get the context here. I think a lot of progressive guys don’t; I know lots of people who can talk about social justice, and even feminism, but who are more than willing to employ the language of sexism when it will get them what they want or when it’s satisfying – dudes who think the “Sarah Palin is a Cunt” t-shirts, Sarah Palin porno/blowup dolls, lines about Hillary being “shrill” or having an “awful voice” or being a “bitch,” etc., are OK simply because they DO NOT AGREE WITH THE WOMEN IN QUESTION – as if their good opinion of a woman determined whether that woman should be “protected” from sexism or not. That’s paternalist, and not progressive at all.

    I hate Ann Coulter, almost as much as I hate Sarah Palin. I think she’s a monster. These feelings are not rational, I know. I dislike her politics so much that I despise her personally. Yeah, when I heard about Coulter’s jaw, I got a feeling of gleeful schadenfreude – but then I thought about how wishing pain on a woman, particularly pain that silences her, is so very much in line with so much of the violence against women that happens every day, and I put my jokes and comments aside, not saying anything at all because I couldn’t say anything nice.

    I didn’t want to add to the public voices saying that women should be shut up, by force if necessary, if they voice opinions which are unwelcome. I’m biting my tongue. And I honestly think that everyone who gets the urge to say that a woman is “shrill” (gendered insult – you know this) or to rejoice in her being forced into silence should be able to do the same thing.

    If this had happened to Rachel Maddow, Ann Coulter would be making jokes about it. We’ve got to be better people than that.

  24. Endor permalink
    November 26, 2008 11:20 am

    “If this had happened to a meek, 125 pound man, i doubt there would be the same concerns expressed…”

    because you bitches are just as sexist against us poor men as we are against you!

    “and trust me there are a BUNCH of guys out there like me. ”

    Yep, they’re called misogynists, or MRAs. Great company you keep there.

    “We get it, but it has to be okay to say someone sounds shrill when they do”

    And you, MR. Mack are TOTALLY the one who gets to make that determination.

    Because the most important thing to remember is the bitch got hers. Right, Mr. Mack? I mean, nevermind that mocking this sitch makes you everything you say you don’t like about her. Why be consistent when there’s misogyny to delight in? I mean,she’s a bitch and it’s got to be okay to call her a bitch if you don’t personally like her, right? Sure, engaging in this behavior guarantees it is perpetuated and used against all other women, but who gives a shit about them! The bitch got hers! WHoohoooohOO!!!

  25. November 26, 2008 11:29 am

    Endor, b/c I know Mack in person, I have to step in and say that I’m reasonably certain he would never use “bitches” to describe any women, even though I think he’s Wrong on this one. I also don’t think my reaction would be much different if the person in question were a man. However, I think Sady is onto something, and it’s something I was already thinking about as I saw how the comments were falling by gender – the environment for women who are brash/out there in some way/online/etc is different than it is for men, and there are many otherwise progressive people who employ language that is hurtful/sexist to those women without stopping to consider what the implications are of that language.

  26. November 26, 2008 11:33 am

    Endor, shrill much?

    Sady, maybe. But I do “get it.” I just don’t always completely agree. I make this argument all the time with respect to race, and being a minority, I know a little about it. If Progressives alienate by accusing those with a different viewpoint of misogyny, or racism, we will never make real progress. i remember, long ago, the flap over the Frito Bandito. Hispanics were up in arms about this insensitive stereotype. My father, a man dedicated to a life of public service, and, particularly, working minorities, knew that the fight about this detracted from the real issues.

    Look, I know how i conduct myself,and I have learned that it is all I can control.

  27. November 26, 2008 11:34 am

    Oh, and aside from the question of the “otherwise progressives,” some people are just straight up vile about it, like the comment I just saw on FriendFeed: “Is there some place we can make donations to the person or person’s [sic] who have caused this?” No. Again, just no.

  28. November 26, 2008 11:35 am

    If a woman is shrill, (of course in my determination, what else would I go by?) then it has to be okay to say it. I’ve called men shrill on my blog too. Why would y’all want to co-opt an insult?

  29. Gary permalink
    November 26, 2008 11:42 am

    You dislike her politics so much, Sady, that this leads you to depise her personally? REALLY?? Because she’s a conservative? Wow. The truth seems to be closer to: Rather than debate her “politics”, I’ll just decide she’s a “monster”, rather than counter her arguments with better arguments. Cause everyone knows how “monstrous” conservatives are especially traitorous, conservative WOMEN. Coulter is no more or less than the Maureen Dowd of right, although often funnier.

  30. November 26, 2008 11:51 am

    Oh, rachel, I agree that being happy about violence toward anyone is ugly, and distasteful. But it seems harmless to me to find some satisfaction at the thought of a man or woman being wired shut for a spell. Especially one that has advocated death for those who disagree with her worldview.

  31. November 26, 2008 12:01 pm

    I feel horrible for her broken jaw; very sympathetic and hope it heals quickly.

    On the other hand, I’m glad for the opportunity for her not to talk; it could have come at a better time – like when she was scheduled to go on CNN or something.

    Maybe we should make a movie or book list she should contemplate while she can’t argue.

  32. ShelbyWoo permalink
    November 26, 2008 12:30 pm

    No, Gary, we don’t “despise” Coulter because of her “politics.” We despise her because she thinks it’s ok to use “faggot” and “whore” as insults. Because she thinks women should lose the right to vote. Because she says things like “we should invade their countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity” after 9/11. Because she thinks that a “baseball bat” is the only effective way to talk to liberals. We dislike her because she is a hateful, offensive bigot, not because she is a conservative.

    And, Maureen Dowd, really? If you think that progressive feminists look up to her, you are sorely mistaken. Try Rachel Maddow (good luck trying to make a comparison between her and Coulter, though!).

  33. TurquoiseTurtle permalink
    November 26, 2008 12:40 pm

    “Is there some place we can make donations to the person or person’s [sic] who have caused this?”

    I’m one of the most raging liberals probably ever, and it’s BECAUSE of my politics that I don’t see any way anybody could ever defend that type of statement. Violence, and rewarding those who commit it, is antithetical to everything that progressive politics are about; seriously, that dude better support war, too, otherwise he’s a stupid hypocrite.

  34. I'm almostwithya permalink
    November 26, 2008 1:32 pm

    Schadenfreude. It’s legitimate – deep down that everyone wants to see the bully hit the canvas.

    You know, I’m sorry it happened. But since it had to happen to someone, I’m glad it was her. And not because I want her to suffer – because this muzzle will slow her down in promoting her brand of hate on talk shows. And THAT is where I find a great deal of satisfaction.

    And let me add “you reap what you sow…”. How can you be surprised that so many are delighted at her predicament?

  35. November 26, 2008 1:39 pm

    I do think it’s ironic. Like when Jenny Craig had that freak accident and her jaw snapped shut and she couldn’t open it – that’s why she stopped appearing in her own commercials. I thought it was ironic that someone who made money capitalizing on women’s isecurities about their own bodies and peddling nasty diet food couldn’t eat solid food herself for a while. I’m not necessarily GLAD that these things have happened to these people, but I do think it’s very ironic.

  36. November 26, 2008 2:20 pm

    Sorry. I don’t wish ill on people as a rule but when the ill comes to someone like this I have a case of schadenfreude. I hope that she will take this time to reflect on the hate that she has spewed and the pain that it has caused. Unfortunately I expect she’ll write a column about the healthcare system or about “nasty liberals” getting a break because she couldn’t expose “their lies”.

  37. November 26, 2008 3:01 pm

    Why does what this woman says bother so many of you? What is she accomplishing? Divisive language will only divide us if we listen to it, validate it, and act upon it…much like we’re doing here… If we all just went about our merry way, and let the haters go hate elsewhere…they’d eventually vanish from our minds…

    Turn her off, turn all the haters off…read a book, write a book, go for a walk, hug your kids, watch a movie…stay away from the negative forces…they’ll just drag you down to their level…question? Who is in control of YOU?


  38. hrare permalink
    November 26, 2008 4:09 pm

    In an orderly universe a mouth like hers naturally leads to a broken jaw, don’t you think? Because sooner or later such a mouth is bound to invoke a wrathful fist.

    I hope she has time to reflect while her mouth is shut–she may come to see the wisdom of the Obama way and, who knows, a realization that actions have consequences: sow the wind and reap the whirlwind. Not a new idea, but a true one.

  39. November 26, 2008 4:10 pm

    rachel, this exchange on your blog is a complete surprise. of course, i agree with you–also admire your willingness to write about it.

    comments do seem gender linked. i blame football. have a good holiday. yours, naomi

  40. loretta permalink
    November 26, 2008 5:15 pm

    You mean someone did’t bust her in the chops? THAT is the real shocker here.
    By the way, I had my jaw broken in a freak accident as a child…’s nothing old Ann can’t handle.
    Enjoy the silence, all.

  41. ohmywinifred permalink
    November 26, 2008 6:25 pm

    I think it is very mature of you to respond like this. Personal feelings and biases should never effect the way we respond to to the pain of other humans. And even though I believe this wholeheartedly, it can be a difficult thing to put into practice, because nearly every part of modern society (politics, Hollywood, etc) tells us that we ought to take pleasure in the suffering of those who are our enemies (or even those who simply disagree with our personal beliefs). I think that this is a problem in our culture that is a large reason why people of opposing religions, philosophies, ethnicities, and political parties struggle to unite for the common good.

    So thanks for this post! It was an encouragement to me and a great reminder as well.

  42. November 26, 2008 7:22 pm

    Karma is a bitch, isn’t it? I don’t wish it on anyone, either, but I, too, appreciate the delicious irony of it all.

  43. Publisher permalink
    November 26, 2008 7:47 pm

    You are so right! Thank you for a thoughtful, decent and important essay on behalf of all women who have been hit for something they said, and believed in. It takes courage to articulate what you have put forth here, in a political climate that is more vicious than ever–on both sides of politics.

  44. whichferret permalink
    November 26, 2008 7:51 pm

    I have to say that while I do not delight in other’s pain, I am delighting in the Irony of Coulter’s jaw being wired shut. And I am also usually a HUGE supported of transgendered people, but I have to say that Andy Coluter seriously bothers me. And yes I am one of those people who is fairly sure that this person used to be male. And as I said I am a HUGE supporter of gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgenders.

    So I am not the least bit upset that Coulter is not able to talk right now. It is ironic. It is unfortunate that this person had to get hurt for the rest of us to not have to hear this person speak. Even if IRONICALLY it did bring Coulter back into the spotlight since it seemed to have disappeared lately.

    Oh well have a Happy Thanksgiving to all that are in the United States

  45. heartbreaktown permalink
    November 26, 2008 8:13 pm

    Wow-great thread – opinions run the gamut so I’ll just throw mine in. Conservatives are silly and disengenuous to think Coulter is hated because of her politics or her outspokenness. She is hated for the reasons listed in comment 32 by ShelbyWoo. And I agree with Mack in comment 11. Her injury is painful, very painful, but it will heal. And for the scornful, mocking, disgusting way she denigrated people like Max Cleland and 9/11 widows, it may be asking too much for people not to notice the Irony and enjoy the Karma. I don’t know if I can celebrate her injury, but I sure can’t cry for her. I’m not a big revenge person (at all) but this just feels so fitting. Alexa summed it up perfectly. And sometimes the universe just gets it right.

  46. November 26, 2008 11:03 pm

    Although she is so loud and straight to the point, I think everybody deserve to have a second chance. I’m also against to every word that comes out from her mouth but maybe she learned her lesson so well. That’s what we called “Karma”

  47. November 27, 2008 12:04 am

    I, too, would injure myself with laughter should Vick be bitten in the haunches by a dog. THAT would be justice on a very natural level. In fact, when one of my kids pulls a cat tail and gets scratched, I tell them that this is what cats do, and why we don’t pull tails. Animals respond with instinct. Humans are better equipped to choose their reactions.

    The difference here is twofold:
    1) this was an injury as a result of an accident, not a result of a cruel act. Granted, had she been kicking at an animal or human, slipped as a result and fallen, I might change my tune…
    2) Ann Coulter just doesn’t elicit any response in me. I wouldn’t have read the comments here had there not been so many, and I wouldn’t have responded had there not been something else (the animal/human karmic thing) to spark my own though process. I refuse to give that sort of person access to one moment of my emotions, negative or positive.

  48. meme permalink
    November 27, 2008 1:27 am

    I love Ann C and appreciate your very nice words on behalf of all women. Ann speaks the truth, and I am always shocked at how libs want to control speech. They slammed Pres Bush for years, derided and defamed him, yet haven’t asked one real question of obama yet, heaven help us.

    You know of whence you speak! A broken jaw is very painful, and not something to laugh at. And her words are also written, not just spoken.

  49. November 27, 2008 6:41 am

    Are we not talking about the individual who said the 9/ll widows were enjoying their status?

  50. madmonq permalink
    November 27, 2008 8:03 am

    I’m not so sure she’d say the same of you. This is not meant to say people should engage in reprisal, but I think progressives let themselves get pushed around in the spirit of civility only to lose ideological battles because of it. Civility does has it’s place. Coulter incivility earns her discourtesy. To say the least.

    Meme, Coulter has slammed Bush a few times herself. And Bush is an amazing idiot who’s mostly earned his lumps.

    Everyone please have a good Thanksgiving.

  51. nearlynormalized permalink
    November 27, 2008 8:55 am

    she fell, she feel over her evil words–reap what you sew!!!!

  52. November 27, 2008 1:08 pm

    Hi. I’ve never seen your site before, but somehow I’ve landed on this post. I agree with you. I do not like what A.C. has to say. But, you are right that it is not our place to rejoice in her injury and pain (regardless of how little we may think of her words or behavior).

  53. More And Again permalink
    November 27, 2008 1:14 pm

    I can understand people thinking it inappropriate to rejoice in Ann Coulter’s injury, but to have th nerve to compare her to a rape victim. Gimme a break. The only thing Ann Coulter might be a victim of is karma. Now that it will be harder for her to actually move her mouth, perhaps she’ll start thinking before she speaks. She’s one of the most hateful women in this country and to compare her to a rape victim is an insult to rape victims everywhere. This is not about feminism, I don’t care if she was a man or a woman. If you spew evil you reap what you sew.

  54. technica permalink
    November 27, 2008 4:27 pm

    I don’t think anybody’s saying we have to be SAD about what happened to her, but rather that it’s childish and cruel to LAUGH at it. And More and Again, as a rape victim, I’d just like to tell you to please go defend me somewhere else, and hopefully do it in a way that actually reflects concern for rape victims rather than your own childish desire for vengeance. Really, your logic just doesn’t wash. You know damn well that nobody’s saying what happened to Coulter is AS BAD as being raped, but rather that the way of thinking that produces the belief that she DESERVED this also produces the line of thinking saying that women DESERVE to be raped for dressing a certain way, being out at night, not being nice to someone, blah blah blah.

    If Ann Coulter deserves anything, it’s to lose her job and be a laughingstock and live on the welfare services she so despises. Nobody DESERVES violence or injury, no, not even rapists, because it doesn’t solve a damn thing. Ann Coulter getting injured is not going to make her rethink her despicable views, and in the case of people who are injured due to violence, it just tends to make them (the victims) more violent as well. In addition to being raped, I’ve also been beaten up and mugged, and both incidents led to me having far more fantasies of hurting people than I’d like to admit, and has also made me at times really emotionally abusive toward people. And also, this view expressed by many here that “people get what they deserve” is really disturbing. So you think I deserved to be raped? If you have more than four women in your life, odds are one of them has been raped, even if they’ve never told you. Did they deserve that? Do children who get raped and murdered deserve it? Do you deserve every bad thing that’s ever happened to you? Do cancer patients deserve cancer? Do black people deserve higher rates of poverty? Did JFK and Martin Luther King deserve to get assassinated? Do the Nazis who escaped to South America deserve to live off the fat of the land and not be prosecuted? It’s easy to engage in magical thinking and assume that fate always treats people exactly as they deserve, but that’s simply not the case. Sure, it makes it easier for stupid people to cope with reality, because bad things will happen to every person at some point, so when it happens to somebody we don’t like we can point and say “Hey, he got what he deserved! There is justice in the world after all!”

    And then the next day your mother gets in a car accident and has to have all her limbs amputated. Obviously, this means she was a terrible, terrible person. Just like MLK and JFK.

  55. Meg permalink
    November 28, 2008 4:09 am

    I dunno, I can see both sides. If some vile man had to have his jaw wired shut, I would be just as smirky about it. But the reason behind my amusement is not as obvious to the general public as my amusement itself. People who are amused because Ann Coulter is a yappy woman rather than because Ann Coulter is a yappy misogynist might mistake me for agreeing with them. Plus, laughing at people for having their jaws wired shut isn’t exactly the ethical high ground anyway, regardless of their gender or level of vileness.

    “Nobody DESERVES violence or injury, no, not even rapists, because it doesn’t solve a damn thing.”

    Well, if you injured rapists badly enough, you could make it very difficult for them to rape again, “solving” that problem (at least until the next generation of rapists starts up). I don’t think solving and deserving have much to do with each other. We could solve crime if we all killed ourselves, but that doesn’t mean we don’t deserve to live.

  56. November 28, 2008 8:34 am

    This is why nobody invites you to parties.

  57. Beth permalink
    November 28, 2008 9:46 am

    You probably would be laughing your butt off had it been Bill O’Reilly or Sean Hannity. This has nothing to do with the fact that she’s a woman. It has to do with the fact that she’s a hateful person that lives off of smearing other people’s reputations. Does she deserve it? Absolutely. Say what you will, but Karma is a bitch!

  58. Anteris permalink
    November 28, 2008 9:57 am

    I don’t like anything that Ann Coulter has to say and I would be happy if she would shut up, but, alas, I do love the first amendment. Her injury is ironic, but not funny.

    And I have to add that I dated a guy who broke his jaw in a karate competition. His jaw was wired shut. He took all of his meals through a straw and had to carry a pair of pliers (you have to be able to pop the wires if you start to vomit for some reason or you could choke to death) for six weeks. It was temporarily life altering, but he was NOT silenced. He worked as a clinical education specialist in a hospital and taught classes every day with his jaw wired shut. He also taught CPR during that time.

    I assume Ann Coulter won’t be in the public eye for a while, but if she wants to talk, she is far from silences. She didn’t have her voice box removed or her vocal cords cut.

  59. MomTFH permalink
    November 28, 2008 4:05 pm

    Meme: disagreeing with someone is not controlling speech. Just like Sarah Palin, you are misunderstanding the First Amendment. Freedom of speech GUARANTEES the right to criticize someone you disagree with. It doesn’t prevent it.

  60. threepenny permalink
    November 28, 2008 9:57 pm

    Not a big deal, people. It’s just a bit of news. All I know of Ann Coulter is the personality on TV, the professional entertainer, and if that “character” gets its jaw wired shut, well, what a brilliant ironic event. Yet my appreciation for the irony goes no deeper than it would for any TV personality. If I knew her personally, I’m sure I’d feel differently.

  61. More And Again permalink
    November 29, 2008 1:58 am

    @ Technica:

    Whoever said I was defending you? Get over yourself, I happened to be molested when I was a child. My point, which you seemed to be incapable of getting, is that comparing Ann Coulter to rape victims is a cop out. Obviously, I don’t feel like rape victims “deserved it,” and nothing in my post suggests so. The only reason people are even comparing her to rape victims is because she is a women. Had she been a man who was hateful, no one would be crying “please don’t say she deserved it.” I happen to be a very firm believer in the idea that every action has an equal and opposite reaction, karma, and the idea that you reap what you sew. So, while I didn’t laugh at hearing about her jaw being wired shut, it sure felt good to know that there is some justice in the universe.

  62. Chi for Me permalink
    November 30, 2008 8:24 am

    Ms. Coulter personifies the irrational politics of hated. I find her venomous rhetoric disturbing but I do not want her silenced by personal injury.
    The more Ann speaks the better. Her morally bancrupt point of view is a stark contrast to the hope and aspiration of America.
    Get well soon Anne, and mumble your shallow end of the gene pool drivel……..

  63. December 1, 2008 2:20 pm

    As a woman I don’t have any problem with people enjoying the irony of Ann Coulter’s jaw being wired shut. It has nothing to do with her being “shrill” or female. Shall we censor ourselves when we speak of women but not when we speak of men? This seems ridiculous. I for one am guilt-free for my sigh of relief when I learned that Ann would not be spewing her vile for awhile. Bullies sometimes get back that which they have flung. Their gender shouldn’t matter. It is their actions which bring about the retribution. Call me childish if you want, but since I’m female, you’d better be careful. Someone might accuse you of talking down to capable adult women…

  64. BimBeau permalink
    December 2, 2008 12:31 pm

    As much as I respect her right to an opinion and her right to express it – on this we must consider an external issue … her karma caught her and smite her. It rose from the ground as she tripped and fell. We all trip and fall, but only when not paying attention.
    I refrained from expressions of extacy when I first heard for the same reason you did. I will not endorse violence to settle a score. If she’d been the victim of an assault I’d have endorsed his prosecution and sought a hate crime endorsement by the prosecutor.
    It’s not. This is karma and she got what she’s earned from her hate biased speech. I said earned, not deserved.
    Choice is too prescious to be left to the right to protect – Drive-on!

  65. December 5, 2008 1:42 pm

    regardless of a broken jaw, you have not heard the last of this lady. If nothing else she’ll make you think.

  66. December 10, 2008 10:37 am

    Good point, but is it any wonder there’s 66 comments to this posting?

  67. January 12, 2009 7:39 pm

    Her jaw is better now… did you see her on “The View” today?! Check it out…

  68. willy permalink
    January 31, 2009 12:47 pm

    I am doing research about domestic violence for my paper when I found out about this. Her broken jaw got me to think maybe she got beaten up by her boyfriend. Violence toward women goes unnoticed.

  69. Old Pinko permalink
    May 11, 2009 10:59 am

    (I just discovered this thread. It’s interesting to note that since the last post, Coulter has once again trolled the lowest reaches of hatefulness while still urging violence upon others.)

    When I heard about Ann Coulter’s jaw being wired shut, I instinctively put my head back and laughed one of the longest and most satisfying belly laughs I’ve had in a long, long while.

    Ann Coulter is a vile bog of lies and exhortation to violence towards nearly everybody except for the rabid slime that make up the right.

    Saying she deserved this accident is only the recognition of normal people (You know, those with souls.) upon seeing Almighty God dealing out a bit of minor justice.

    Noticing that does not mean anybody would cancel her free speech rights.

    It’s just the recognition that, if it had to happen, it couldn’t happen to anyone more deserving.

  70. February 28, 2010 1:19 pm

    Not sure about “God”, but the Universe has an interesting way of balancing it self. I was looking for an article about Ann’s health for she looks sick to me and this was an interesting find.

  71. September 8, 2011 2:27 am

    thanks for this. i always get a little queasy at these reactions, even as i have them myself. while i may be glad that she’s not speaking for a while, i can never be glad that someone else, even a vile someone else, is in pain.


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