(Video above: Milo Yiannopoulos contends that “black lives don’t matter to Black Lives Matter.”)
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Milo Yiannopoulos, the senior editor of Breitbart News who was permanently banned from Twitter for “participating in or inciting targeted abuse of individuals,” will deliver remarks to students at the University of Alabama October 12th in support of free speech.
Yiannopoulos, an openly gay conservative provocateur who has dubbed himself “the supervillain of the internet,” has called his Twitter ban “cowardly,” and continues to gain notoriety online for his aggressive style of journalism and commentary.
“Twitter is holding me responsible for the actions of fans and trolls using the special pretzel logic of the left,” he said. “Like all acts of the totalitarian regressive left, this will blow up in their faces, netting me more adoring fans. We’re winning the culture war, and Twitter just shot themselves in the foot. This is the end for Twitter. Anyone who cares about free speech has been sent a clear message: you’re not welcome on Twitter.”
Yiannopoulos’s speaking tour, which will hit 26 college campuses beginning today, is named “The Dangerous Faggot Tour.”
When the tour stopped in at DePaul University earlier this year, two Black Lives Matter activists “stormed the stage, forcibly seized the microphone, and threatened to assault” Yiannopoulos, according to Breitbart News. He was later banned from ever returning to the campus. At Rutgers University, feminists and Black Lives Matter supporters “smeared themselves with fake blood and tried to shut down the event in protest.”
A video (see below) promoting the upcoming fall tour is titled “The Faggot Returns” and features clips from the incidents mentioned above.
Yiannopoulos’s impending visit to Tuscaloosa comes at a time when a national debate is raging over freedom of speech on college campuses.
Some universities have saw fit to create “safe spaces” where students can be protected from “micro aggressions” and have also encouraged professors and speakers to issue “trigger warnings” to students before discussing controversial topics.
The University of Chicago’s dean of students recently made headlines by sending a letter to every member of their incoming freshman class blasting the culture of political correctness that he believes is spreading.
“Our commitment to academic freedom means that we do not support so-called trigger warnings, we do not cancel invited speakers because their topics might prove controversial, and we do not condone the creation of intellectual ‘safe spaces’ where individuals can retreat from ideas and perspectives at odds with their own,” John Ellison, dean of students, wrote.
An Auburn University professor even used his fall semester syllabus to poke fun at trigger warnings.
“TRIGGER WARNING,” Prof. Peter Schwartz wrote in bold red letters atop his fall semester syllabus, before alerting his students that they should expect his class to include “physics, trigonometry, sine, cosine, tangent, vector, force, work, energy, stress, quiz, grade.”
Prof. Schwartz later told Yellowhammer he believes “this PC business is making American universities, and their faculties and administrators, the laughingstocks of Western Civilization. But, since the proponents of this stuff think Western Civ is corrupt anyhow, they don’t seem to notice that the rest of the world thinks they’re fools.”
Yiannopoulos promises to push the limits of even the most ardent free speech supporters.
For more information on his visit to Alabama, visit his Eventbrite page.