A Canadian far-right activist is criticising the prime minister's comments on the controversy over her speech as "virtue signalling nonsense".
Lauren Southern and Stefan Molyneux could not find a venue in Auckland prepared to host their speaking tour on the dangers of multiculturalism.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said New Zealanders were not hostile to free speech, but were hostile to the views of the two Canadians.
In posts on Twitter, Lauren Southern said the prime minister's comments were a blatant display of the limits of diversity.
She said Ms Ardern claimed to support diversity, but cannot support differing opinions being espoused peacefully.
Ms Southern said it was ironic to see the left cheering her being silenced, given the outrage over whether a baker had the right to refuse to make a wedding cake for a gay couple.
A blatant display of the limits of "tolerance" and "diversity".— Lauren Southern (@Lauren_Southern) August 4, 2018
You say you support multiculturalism / different views / diversity - but you can't even support different opinions being espoused peacefully for one night?
It's all virtue signalling nonsense. https://t.co/RncJ2AE2F8
We had a sold out show & an agreement with a venue that was broken.— Lauren Southern (@Lauren_Southern) August 4, 2018
Other venues couldn’t be used because of government intervention or threats of violence.
That’s not the free market.
Also very ironic to see the left cheering this on after their outrage over gay cakes. https://t.co/lhbYdOyqhv