The Herald Sun has published an article about Bindi Irwin—the 14-year-old daughter of the late Crocodile Hunter, Steve Irwin—and her ordeal with the office of U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Irwin was reportedly asked to write an essay, for Clinton's e-journal, discussing overpopulation.
"I don't believe there's any one solution for our population crisis but I think if we're able to open up the Pandora's Box and start discussing it change can be made."
Irwin says she dedicated a great deal of time and effort into her work. She discussed the issue with Australian entrepenuer Dick Smith.
"I really sat down and thought about what messages I wanted to get across, what I talked about with Dick Smith and my own experiences," she said.
"I sat down on my own and wrote the entire thing myself. I just used the resources I had around me for specific facts and then wrote it from my heart. The essay is me.
But, after Clinton's office got its paws on Irwin's work and liberally applied that "redacted" marker from the Zero Dark Thirty credits, the piece was unrecognizable and Irwin was NOT having it. She was all, "awwww hell naw."
She went ahead and withdrew her essay, suggesting that she'd still be happy if Secretary Clinton's office would reconsider publishing the original. Also, this:
"The true test of freedom of speech is when someone says something you don't like."
Wow. When I was 14 I dedicated my free time to an intense debate over the fantasy football merits of Rich Gannon and Daunte Culpepper and trying to figure out how to talk to girls (still working on this one, you guys). Irwin's spending her time trying to bring international attention to the growing population problem and fighting against censorship by telling Hillary Clinton to shove it. Yeah, she's probably going places.
Read more about Irwin's essay and the hubdub with Clinton's office at The Herald Sun.