Milo Yiannopoulos, the technology editor for conservative website Breitbart, is a rarity in the world of conservative politics. He’s an openly gay Republican who despises left-wing politics (especially feminism), and that made for an interesting ally on a recent episode of the Adam Carolla Podcast.
As most who follow Carolla know, he often rails against Hillary Clinton and other left-wing politicians though he does part ways with most GOPers on social issues.
Milo Yiannopoulos is actually more to the right of Carolla and is an outspoken supporter of Donald Trump for president.
At a recent DePaul University engagement, he was accosted by feminist and Black Lives Matter students who disrupted and forced an early end to his event, hosted in part by the DePaul College Republicans.
Milo had footed some of the bill for the security, which broke down, and is now in a dispute with DePaul over their handling of the event.
He appeared on the Carolla podcast to discuss this among other issues.
The talk started by observing the way the media reported the UCLA shootings. Instead of saying “professor murdered,” Carolla said, it was just “two dead.”
Milo Yiannopoulos said there were rumblings before all the facts came out that the shooter would be a “straight white male,” and that some on Twitter were trying to connect it to his talk given the previous night.
The reality was that the shooter was Mainak Sarkar, an immigrant from India, and to this, Milo pointed out how the coverage had “gone vague” when the media “didn’t get the killer they wanted” to fit their narrative.
He also remarked on how he had a show canceled over a bomb threat, and in the case of the DePaul incident, he was “assaulted” by Black Lives Matter protesters on stage.
To this, Carolla lent a sympathetic ear, saying “it was weird” how people who had once spearheaded “non-violence and the acceptance of ideas, even unpopular ones” were now leading the charge with violence on college campuses.
“This is a campus,” he added. “The whole notion of being there is the sharing of ideas.”
“That’s not really what the American college campus is for,” Milo Yiannopoulos responded. “It’s not what they do now.”
“At one time, they were places that challenged your prejudices, and helped you discover new ways of looking at the world, new prisms through which to explore your humanity through literature, art, music, science, the stars… now it’s a home from home, a therapy center where kids go to have their prejudices reinforced and not challenged.”
Carolla and Milo both agreed that the “mature” thing to do would be this: if you don’t agree with a speaker’s views, simply don’t go.
In the DePaul case, Milo said, they instead stormed the stage, snatched the microphone from his hand, and physically threatened him.
Of the Black Lives Matter in particular, he said that “being black is their only marketable skill, daring these white security guards and police officers to touch them… of course they didn’t.”
“This is a politics thing,” he continued, adding that colleges anymore encouraged “crazy, social justice feminism” and that any conservative or even libertarian ideas were viewed “as dangerous because we bring facts, reason, and logic.”
— Milo Yiannopoulos ✘ (@Nero) June 2, 2016
“They won’t allow us to get through 15 minutes of a talk because they’re afraid of what we might say,” he added.
Milo Yiannopoulos then argued that universities, such as DePaul, “have actively enabled these groups to be exhibitionists and attention seekers, using tuition fees to create ‘safe spaces’ to go and lounge around on pillows if a conservative speaker traumatizes… too much.”
“Black Lives Matter have the same objectives as the KKK,” he concluded. “Racial segregation, hatred between the races… the world they want to build is not so different from the world David Duke wants.”
DePaul’s president, Dennis H. Holtschneider, rebuked the violent actions of the protesters, but also accused Milo Yiannopoulos of “aiming to ignite racial tensions.” He has since apologized, per DNAInfo, to those who didn’t feel adequately supported by him or his administration in the days following the blowup.
What do you think, readers?
Is Milo Yiannopoulos too much of an instigator to speak on college campuses, or do colleges need his views? And what about free speech? Isn’t he entitled to voice his opinion? Sound off in the comments section.
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