A few days ago I checked my Twitter account and happened upon a curious hashtag: #trigglypuff.
My first response was what is a trigglypuff? A quick Google search provided the answer:
This was but a moment from the spectacle at University of Massachusetts Amherst. Milo Yiannopoulos, Christina Hoff Sommers, and Steven Crowder took part in a panel hosted by Amherst College Republicans. They intended to have a discussion about the politicized climate on campuses. Instead they could barely speak because many progressives in the audience repeatedly shouted them down.
This is the current state of college education. A place that is supposed to be a space to exchange ideas was reduced to a screaming rally. This was best illustrated by “Trigglypuff”.
Set aside her appearance and watch how she behaves. What angers her is not what anyone in the stage says; it is that they were allowed to say it. She does everything she can to scream over them the moment they speak, and she stops doing it the moment they stop speaking.
This is not about protecting disenfranchised groups or stopping hate speech. It is simply a silencing tactic, one that has become common on college campuses.
Granted, the trio were more than capable of handling the crowd. They did a fair job given the situation. The broader problem is that most of the time the “Trigglypuffs” win. They have the schools and the media in their side.
While there is some push back against this behavior, too many colleges allow this to happen. There is little protection for those who say the “wrong” thing. We have seen numerous times how students, staff, and even the general public face harsh penalties for challenging the progressive narrative.
Unfortunately, the usual response from critics if the progressive narrative is mockery, whch is what happened with “Trigglypuff”. The opposition mocks the insanity without ever really defeating it.
Yes, it is easy and tremendously tempting to make fun of this student. What should give us pause is that she likely believes the things she yelled. Her anger is likely real, even if she were brainwashed into it. We need a better response than just mockery. We need to change her mind.
That said, Trigglypuff is the best portmanteau in years.