The Curious Case of Trigglypuff

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.

8 thoughts on “The Curious Case of Trigglypuff

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  2. TBH I feel a bit sorry for her, because I’ve heard she’s autistic, which means she’s a textbook example of a vulnerable person being manipulated by the mob and put into the firing line. Disgusting.

  3. “She does everything she can to scream over them the moment they speak, and she stops doing it the moment they stop speaking.”
    There is a solution to this.
    Simply invest is louder amplifiers for the guests (rock concert sized amps).
    Seriously, this is really a technical problem.
    Also guests need to be instructed on how to turn up their mics (if there’s a control on the mic) and how to get more loudness out of their mic by talking closer to it and cupping their free hand around it.

  4. I’d second James here. This a blatant ad hominem attack and we’re the good guys. We’re better than this.

  5. I do get what you’re saying about silencing tactics, though. For some reason, Cracked ran two or three articles about rape last week. To their credit, I think Cracked, a humor website, gives more insightful and balanced coverage on the subject than most. But they still tend to take the standard progressive stances, and have the red thumb/ green thumb system. It is just depressing to see the confirmation bias, the yey! boo! mentality applied even to comments where neither of those reactions even makes sense.

  6. James, I do not know if she is autistic. I do think that she has been brainwashed by this nonsense and believes what she says. I have something sympathy for people in that position because it is difficult to break that control. However, I do think she is also responsible for her behavior, which was utterly atrocious.

  7. TS I’m not making excuses for her, and I agree, her behaviour is an embarrassment and shameful, and she’s an adult so should be held to account. I’m just thinking it’s worth it to recognise the source of the problem rather than just the results that we’re seeing here. I might have mentioned the metaphor of fagins, as most extreme movements are, and I based these opinions also on former SJW types talking about cult like manipulation of vulnerable people.

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