You’ve heard that before.
You’ve also heard, “I don’t care what you say about me, just spell my name right.”
They’re both true.
Controversial author has event scheduled. Protests disrupt the event and force its cancellation. Protesters clam victory for having shut it down.
Don’t think for a moment that he isn’t enjoying every second. You’ve just elevated his status in his community, and made him far more famous in the mainstream than he was before.
You thought you shut him down. Instead, you just helped to validate him and further his mission.
Remember who you’re protesting for as well as who you’re protesting against.