Deplatformed for “Hate” Speech: You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby

Reka Gyorgy, a Virginia Tech senior who missed the cut to compete in the NCAA swimming finals because she was displaced by transgender Lia Thomas, has had her Twitter account suspended.

“I’m a 5th year senior, I have been top 16 and top 8 before and I know how much of a privilege it is to make finals at a meet this big,” Gyorgy said in a letter reprinted on SwimSwam and Swimming World, which she subsequently tweeted. “This is my last college meet ever and I feel frustrated. It feels like that final spot was taken away from me because of the NCAA’s decision to let someone who is not a biological female compete.”

Thomas, a University of Pennsylvania senior won the 500, defeating three Olympic silver medalists, including 20-year-old University of Virginia swimmer Emma Weyant, who placed second.

So, not only are biological males who develop male stature and muscle mass and then identify as women allowed to compete in women’s sports, women can’t even complain about it. Expressing frustration is labeled “hate speech,” and the women are de-platformed.

Will anyone in the Virginia Tech or UVa administrations stand up for their female athletes? Or will they let this madness go uncontested? Or, to ponder a not-inconceivable thought, will Virginia Tech sanction Gyorgy for her heresy?

If you said three years ago that something like this would happen, you’d be laughed out of the room. Now it’s our dystopic reality.

Correction: The Associated Press quotes a Twitter spokesman as saying that Gyorgy’s Twitter account was suspended because it was fake — not because it violated Twitter’s prohibitions against hate speech. My apologies  to Twitter for making an assumption as to why the account was suspended. Lesson learned.