The Milo Yiannopoulos event at DePaul University May 25 was cut short by Black Lives Matter protesters. Yiannopoulos wants the fees back from DePaul that he paid for security guards, who did nothing to stop the protesters, according to Breitbart.
Yiannopoulos is a conservative British editor for Breitbart and blogger, who calls himself the “World’s Most Fabulous Supervillian.” He was presenting a speech called “Feminism is Cancer” to the DePaul College Republicans. According to DNAinfo, a protester disrupted the talk by blowing a whistle.
“This man is an idiot,” the protester then shouted.
Milo Yiannopoulos’s event at DePaul devolved from there. More protesters joined in, some of them crowding Milo on the stage. Several of Yiannopoulos’s supporters in the room wore hats with “Make America Great Again,” Donald Trump’s campaign slogan, written on them. The protesters on stage led a chant of “Dump the Trump.”
— Daily Baller (@DailyBaller) May 25, 2016
At one point, according to Breitbart, a protester threatened Milo with violence. Another snatched the microphone from Yiannopoulos’s hand.
“What you got to say?” she screamed in his face.
Yiannopoulos and his supporters eventually left the room. The protest spilled outside, where it went on.
The Milo Yiannopoulos event broke up, but didn’t end. Milo supporters went to the university president’s office to complain. Video reportedly showed Black Lives Matter protesters keeping Yiannopoulos from entering the student center again.
Yiannopoulos took to social media. He posted a complaint on Twitter about the ineffectual security, and later Tweeted about the response he got from university President Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider.
Amazing that instead of offering me an apology (and a refund!), @DePaulU president attacked me with inaccurate caricatures of my positions!
— Milo Yiannopoulos ✘ (@Nero) May 25, 2016
DePaul College Republicans also called the lack of security response “utterly shameful.”
“We spent thousands of dollars and countless hours to get the proper security and put this event on, but when security was actually needed, they did nothing,” the group said in a released statement.
The Milo Yiannopoulos event was preceded by a disturbing discovery on the campus quad on Tuesday. members of the DePaul College Republicans found graffiti that read, “Trump 2016 and F*** Mexico.” They reported the vandalism to the university’s public safety office. President Holtschneider released a prepared statement on the matter.
“Destruction of property and profanity are never acceptable ways to voice opinions,” the statement said. “This slur against Mexicans goes against everything DePaul stands for. We will work to identify the individual, file charges with the police, and bring the university’s disciplinary process to bear.”
Milo Yiannopoulos events usually draw controversy, and sometimes protests. The anti-feminist, openly gay Milo has been speaking at schools across the country on a circuit he calls his “Dangerous Faggot” tour. Rutgers University students protested his appearance by smearing blood on their faces.
— Milo Yiannopoulos ✘ (@Nero) May 25, 2016
Despite Yiannopoulos’s Twitter claim, DePaul President Holtschneider issued an apology to the DePaul College Republicans.
“Yesterday’s speaker was invited to speak at DePaul, and those who interrupted the speech were wrong to do so,” wrote Holtschneider. “Universities welcome speakers, give their ideas a respectful hearing, and then respond with additional speech countering the ideas.”
The Milo Yiannopoulos event at DePaul did not get the proper treatment. According to Holtschneider. the DePaul College Republicans were cheated out of the opportunity to hear their invited speaker.
However, President Holtschneider did admit that he and Milo disagree on many fronts, including views on women’s and gay rights. Holtschneider issued his official condemnation of the Yiannopoulos event fiasco only after saying guests like Milo are “entertainers” and “self-serving provocateurs,” not true intellectuals.
Like Trump, protests, clashes, and differences of opinion have not changed Milo’s controversial positions on social and cultural issues.
Do you think the Milo Yiannopoulos event at DePaul University should have gotten a different response from the school administration? And how do you feel about protestors storming a podium becasue they don’t like what’s being said up there?
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