A 70-year-old children’s book author claims she was held for over two hours and insulted as she attempted to visit the U.S. from Australia earlier this month.
According to The Guardian,
author Mem Fox says she has visited the U.S. over 100 times before but
has never received the treatment she was subjected to when she flew into
Los Angeles International Airport en route to a conference in
“I have never in my life been spoken to with such insolence,
treated with such disdain, with so many insults and with so much
gratuitous impoliteness,” Fox explained, saying she was held in a room
and questioned before a group of people at the airport.
“I am old and white, innocent and educated, and I speak
English fluently,” Fox told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
“Imagine what happened to the others in the room, including an old
Iranian woman in her 80s, in a wheelchair.”
“The way I was treated would have made any decent American
shocked to the core, because that’s not America as a whole, it really
isn’t. It’s just that people have been given permission to let rip in a
fashion that is alarming,” the author of the popular children’s books
Fox added that she felt like she was a “prisoner at Guantanamo Bay,” and after her release she was “sobbing like a baby.”
After her release, Fox issued a complaint through both the
Australian embassy in Washington and with the US embassy in Canberra,
saying she then received a “charming letter of apology from U.S.
The author is the creator of Possum Magic, a book that has sold over 3 million copies — making it the most poplar book picture in Australian history.
As more and more of these stories are spread worldwide, tourists will stop coming to the US. Scholars will hold their conferences in Europe and Asia.
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