A petition to bar Milo Yiannopoulos from speaking at the University of California, Irvine, was started on the afternoon of Oct. 26, and quickly attracted a large number of signatures.
The petition, started by a user named “Critical Thinker” and addressed to Vice Chancellor Thomas A. Parham, had amassed over 300 signatures out of 500 needed.
“We are calling for Thomas A. Parham, Ph.D to cancel the event!” it read. “Milo’s event at this campus in the past have perpetuated violence against people of color and participate in/promote hate speech.”
“The Irvine college republicans have been suspended before for bringing Milo to our casmpus [sic],” it continued, “yet the suspension was lifted and the same violence is being perpetuated again. Why?!”
The petition cited an instance of violence by an attendee against a person of color during Yiannopoulos’ previous appearance, which likely references an incident in which a attendee harshly pushed away a pacifier given to him by protesters.
Yiannopoulos is scheduled to speak on Oct. 30 at UC Irvine. The event, hosted by the campus chapter of College Republicans, was the subject of considerable controversy in the past, as university administrators attempted to suspend the chapter and impose fines related to a previous appearance by Yiannopoulos.
“I think it’s disgusting that I’m being allowed to come to UC Irvine after the last time,” Yiannopoulos told Refined Right, “when protesters made such utter fools of themselves outside my talk. It’s really not fair on those precious snowflakes.”
The “Dangerous Faggot” tour, sponsored by Breitbart News, has attracted controversy across the United States. A talk scheduled for Oct. 26 at the University of Maryland was cancelled at the last minute by the university administration, due to alleged security risks. Yiannopoulos countered by arguing that the administration’s actions were in violation of the 1st Amendment.
“I don’t understand why the majority of the petition talks about violence against people of color,” said Ariana Rowlands, the organizer of the event (and Refined Right senior contributor). “This event is not about race. I have no idea where they’re getting that from.”
Whether the petition would be received by or acted upon by the university administration is unknown.
Students on Twitter responded to the announcement of Yiannopoulos’ impending visit.
So this is what college republicans are spending their time on? Embarrassing. https://t.co/YSVEqn5dj7
— Cierra Black (@_cierraaab) October 26, 2016
Watch how whiteness functions and how the protection of "free speech" only applies to non blacks. UCLA's college republicans wild af too https://t.co/epx0hZNulB
— the cheetah girls (@suank800) October 26, 2016
???? ppl at yo school wild .. how are they letting this event happen? https://t.co/gWhkLTL8xH
— RIP M.D.S. (@ChristyLovee_) October 26, 2016
“We ought to be saving the mentally ill from themselves!” Yiannopoulos added. “Deplorable.”