Updated: Milo Yiannopoulos Visit To Penn State Canceled
Update Nov. 27: This event was canceled due to contractual disagreements between Milo Yiannopoulos and the College Republicans regarding ticketing, according to College Republicans President Michael Straw. Because the event was partially funded by UPAC, tickets would need to be first available to students and faculty, but Yiannopoulos wanted tickets to be released online so anyone could reserve them.
“I’m not going to stop an event because of protestors,” Straw said. “We canceled it because of contractual issues and logistics.”
Original Story: British provocateur Milo Yiannopoulus will visit Penn State on Wednesday, November 30 in continuation of his fall college tour. The time and location of the event have yet to be announced.
Yiannopoulus founded an online tabloid magazine specializing in technology called The Kernel, which he eventually sold to Daily Dot Media. He’s currently the technology editor for Breitbart News, a controversial conservative news source which received criticism during the 2016 election cycle. The New York Times described Breitbart News as a “curiosity of the fringe right wing” that puts out “material that has been called misogynist, xenophobic, and racist.”
Yiannopoulus is a “cultural libertarian” and a “free speech fundamentalist” who vocally opposes feminism, Islam, social justice, and political correctness, among other prominent social movements. He is considered a spokesperson for the alt-right movement, for which he identifies himself as a reporter and sympathizer.
Thus far, Yiannopoulus’s college tour has been met with both fervent support and prominent backlash; his 2015 tour called “The Dangerous Faggot Tour” was met with protests at Rutgers University, the University of Minnesota, DePaul University, and UCLA. Yiannopoulus was permanently banned from Twitter in July for his incendiary comments.