On Feb. 1, Milo Yiannopoulos was scheduled to speak at the University of California. However, the event was canceled after violent rioting, involving over 1,500 students, broke out.
Milo Yiannopoulos is a thirty-three year old gay, Catholic, right-wing conservative, self-made millionaire and drop-out of Cambridge University. Milo is a Senior editor at Breitbart with his own tour known as “Dangerous.” In Milo’s tour, he travels to different Universities discussing Feminism, Muslim rights, and wide variety of other issues. Milo refers to himself as a troll, in an ABC interview with Terry Moran.
Milo Yiannopoulos refers to himself as a provocateur. He has been criticized before for his comments on Feminism, calling Feminism: cancer. However, is it okay for people to protest against him coming on campus? The main issue has devolved into a debate versing hate speech and free speech. Milo was evacuated off campus by police for his own safety. Around one hundred protestors wearing all black, smashed out windows, lit off fire crackers, and shot fireworks at police. Milo was on his routine college campus tour, Berkeley being the last stop. Milo was rushed up to the fifth floor and rushed out to the parking lot, then whisked away in a bullet proof vest as the ground floor has been stormed. Milo went to Facebook to discuss the matter, calling the protest ‘Political Violence.’
Republican campus clubs invite Milo to their campuses. However, many students at Berkeley expressed that Milo was not welcome. The event was sold out, at five hundred seats. After the violent unfolded, President Trump went to Twitter stating “If U.C. Berkeley does not allow free speech and practices violence on innocent people with a different point of view – NO FEDERAL FUNDS?” However, education experts say there is no way President Trump can defund U.C Berkeley without facing potential legal trouble. However, the school receives $370 million a year. One would argue that blocking the right to free speech on a government funded campus is against the Constitution.
Until more information is released, it is tough to say whether Milo will speak at U.C. Berkeley or whether President Trump can defund the university. Either way, the events that happened will unfold as history.