Bound Together Books and PM Press continue to try to prop up and foist veg*n antagonist Lierre Keith onto the radical community in the Bay Area. Today, at the 15th Annual San Francisco Anarchist Bookfair, where she was scheduled to be a featured speaker, Keith was served her just deserts for her obnoxious attacks on veg*ns in The Vegetarian Myth. She was pied in the middle of her speech in the main auditorium at the SF County Fair Building in Golden Gate Park.
According to the various reports by eyewitnesses -- many who have now commented at that link and condemned the actions of the three young "men" who assaulted Ms. Keith -- she was just beginning the part of her speech critical of factory farming.
While I'm tempted to rage a bit about this and call names, I think the assault & battery speaks for itself and is an excellent representation of vegetarianism and veganism in general. They deserve those three "gentleman" as their standard bearers.
Here are my past posts about Lierre Keith and her excellent book, The Vegetarian Myth. It would be great to see a good spike in orders for her book, so if you're inclined to help out, please do so. You can also listen to Lierre's recent podcast interview with Jimmy Moore.
Update: Jimmy Moore has now published an extensive entry on this incident. And when I exchanged an email with Lierre last night, she echoed the same thing she wrote to Jimmy: that the worst part was hearing the cheers of onlookers in the audience as the assault took place. Shameful.
Update 2: Now Tom Naughton has weighed in.
Update 3: Lierre Keith responds. This is a 15-minute interview with Keith in the beginning of Jimmy Moor's normally scheduled podcast for today.
Update 4: Comedian Tom Naughton has a new post on True Believerism using the attack on Keith as inspiration.
Update 5: A Local News report on the incident.