Milo Yiannopoulos To Speak At University Of California Berkeley, Event Already Sold OutBy Amanda Foster, UniversityHerald Reporter
Milo Yiannopoulos is described to be a troll and provocateur because of the negative behavior he displays in order to entertain viewers and readers. However, Nicholas Dirks, the Chancellor at the University of California at Berkeley, says that the Berkeley College Republicans still have a constitutional right to invite him to speak next week.
According to Dirks, he is known for engaging in hate speech directed towards particular members of the audience as well as the LGBTQ community, as reported by Patch. In an attempt to stop the event from happening, thousands of students and protesters flock to the campus to prevent him from speaking next week. More than a thousand people have voiced on Facebook that they are going to protest the event, too. But Dirks insists that even "trolls" have the right to speak.
Milo Yiannopoulos is a known journalist for Breitbart with a reputation for being vocal about religion, political correctness and social justice. But regardless of him being described as a "troll," Dirks insists that his arrival and feature is not to be mistaken as the university's endorsement of his personal views and opinions.
The event which will happen on Feb. 1, 7:00 p.m. at the Pauley Ballroom of the MLK Student Union, is already sold out.
But that is not the only event Yiannopoulos is attending. He was supposed to lead a joint appearance with pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli at UC Davis but protesters blocked the gates and the event was canceled. Another event, on Feb. 2, was canceled because they are unable to provide Yiannopoulos' requests, as reported by Fox 2. His requests are coming from his team of bodyguards.
Milo Yiannopoulos says that he travels with bodyguards because his tour is a multi-million dollar operation. The security requirements involved are mandatory and he has to work with the university to get it done. The university and campus Republicans are reportedly going to shoulder the cost.
In other related news, University of California, Berkeley designed a small robot that can leap into the air and then spring off a wall: