The website of Third World Quarterly states that the article has been withdrawn at the “request” of the journal editor and “in agreement” with the author because the editor has “received serious and credible threats of personal violence…linked to the publication of this essay.”
 For support, Sultana calls upon others like “renowned academic Judith Butler” who “recently argued for curtailing free speech when it is hate speech on university campuses.” (p.231)
Jenny Heijun Wills, an English professor who organized another petition that demanded that Brue Gilley, the author of “The Case for Colonialism,” “apologize and retract” his article, specializes in literary themes of transnational and transracial Asian-American adoption. But to Wills, who identifies herself as a Korean adoptee raised in North America, Gilley breached an uncrossable line in defending colonialism; he also dismissed a “foundational” anti-colonial essay (Gaytri Spivak’s “Can the Subaltern Speak?”) This was too much for a boundary-busting professor.
 Kipnis herself has run afoul the campus censors, as she notes in the essay. She refers to FIRE, an organization that defends campus free speech: “I’m not always on the side of the positions they take, but having had my own run-ins with would-be campus censors, I’m also totally grateful for what they do.” Yet even as she thanks those who defend campus free speech, she joins those who dismiss ‘free speech’ as a ploy of the powerful.