UConn Offers Counseling After Ben Shapiro's Speech

Ben Shapiro addresses the student group Young Americans for Freedom at the University of Utah's Social and Behavioral Sciences Lecture Hall, Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (Leah Hogsten/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP, Pool)

The Snowflake Brigade that has taken over college campuses demands to be taken seriously. UConn’s reaction to conservative commentator Ben Shapiro giving a speech there on Wednesday illustrates why they never will be.


First, UConn — a public, taxpayer-funded university — restricted who could attend Shapiro’s event. While Anita Hill’s recent speech at UConn was open to the public, Shapiro’s was only open to students, faculty, and some pre-registered guests. Security was also heavy, because conservative speech being equated with violence has been the excuse used by progressive activists looking to commit actual violence.

Where might young radicals be getting the idea that free speech is equivalent to assault? Perhaps from UConn’s faculty — which is offering counseling to students who might feel damaged by Shapiro talking in their presence.

Counseling. For hearing speech they disagree with.

Of course, being offended by a public university using taxpayer money to fund counseling only for progressives, not conservatives, is not a trauma UConn would consider worthy of counseling.

These people want to be taken seriously? To be treated like adults?

Being an adult means dealing with things not going your way. I read news all day, every day, that I disagree with. I have accusations thrown at me for my opinions that I find outright offensive. I don’t run to get counseling because of it, for crying out loud. Actually, I might instead try to have a cordial debate.

Counseling is for people who have real problems or trauma. It’s for people who have been the victims of abuse, rape, or war. It’s for people suffering from diagnosable depression or anxiety. For these people, counseling is a good and noble thing, something they should do.


You should question the competence of a therapist who believes Shapiro’s speech alone is a legitimate cause for seeking therapy. A therapist should instead see such behavior as an indicator of an underlying condition.

If people legitimately need counseling for a Ben Shapiro speech, their maturation has been stunted.

These overgrown children want to be taken seriously on political matters that impact the entire nation, but real adults recognize that they’re not worth being taken seriously on anything. They simply want to lecture us on all the ways we suck, and for us to accept it. That’s the endgame for them.

Toughen the hell up. Learn to listen to disagreement without having a breakdown. Learn to not burn down your own school because of a speaker you don’t like.

If you want to be treated like an adult, act like one.


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