“A YouTube comments section, live onstage”: Milo Yiannopoulos comes to the university

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In a “sold out” event sponsored by the university’s College Republicans, right-wing commentator Milo Yiannopoulos spoke to a half-empty Mitchell Hall on Monday night.

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MANAGING NEWS EDITOR

Approximately half the seats of Mitchell Hall appeared vacant on Monday night as Milo Yiannopoulos spoke to students and community members alike in a “sold out” event sponsored by the College Republicans.

The “Dangerous F—–” tour is what Yiannopoulos refers to as a “traveling free speech zone.”

“Around me, there is a mile-wide safe space for dissidents, mischief makers and lovers of free speech,” Yiannopoulos said.

The speech, titled “Trannies are Gay,” touched on Yiannopoulos’ disdain for transgender people, his love for Donald Trump (who he affectionately calls “Daddy”) and his lack of comfort around gay people.

“I don’t blame people for being uncomfortable around gays,” Yiannopoulos said. “I’m uncomfortable around gays.”

Yiannopoulos identifies as a gay man.

Yiannopoulos’ visit has been met with significant backlash from several campus groups over the past month, with a petition for the university to cancel the event garnering signatures from 18 student organizations. The organizations included Haven, Multicultural Greek Congress and the Muslim Student Organization.

Fences were set up by the university on The Green before the event, with rumors of large protests taking place outside of Mitchell Hall. No such protests took place.

Senior Abena Dapaah attended the speech, and said that she did not walk away with any concrete facts, or anything that she found to be incredibly profound.

“It was almost like I was attending a comments section on a YouTube video live on stage,” Dapaah said. “His entire speech was a hate speech about transgender people. He called them mentally ill, said that they deserve pity and that the progressive left is encouraging sick people.”

State co-chair of the Delaware Federation of College Republicans Daniel Foltz said that he thought the event was a great success.

“We’re very pleased with how the event turned out,” Foltz said.

During the speech, Yiannopoulos discussed his antipathy for any gender outside “male and female.” On the screen behind Yiannopoulos, he displayed a slide covered in signs for several different gender identities.

“I hate to break it to you, but if you identify as any of the following genders, you are closer to a potato, than a regular college child,” Yiannopoulos said. It should be noted that the signs for for the “male” and “female” gender identities were included in the pictograph on screen.

The self-proclaimed “Dangerous F——” made his stance on what genders he believes to be legitimate very clear.

“My position is very simple, there are just three genders,” he said. “There is man, woman and r——d.”


Editor’s note: The t-word is used in this story because we felt the censored version of the word would be indiscernible to some readers. The Review condemns the use of this slur but also wanted to convey the posters’ language as clearly and accurately as possible.

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    EmpiricalEvidence 2 years

    Thank you for not censoring the word ‘trannie’, as an adult I would find it very condescending that people would assume I am not mature enough to handle a word.

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    Lanie 2 years

    To Milo, “free speech” is code for “hate speech.”

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      JP 2 years

      Comments like this are why I don’t trust anyone to define “hate speech.”

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    Milo 2 years

    I was there the place was not half empty. Why are you lying to your readers? Seems like bad journalism to me.

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      milosucks 2 years

      you do realize that there was an entirely empty upstairs, right? Mitchell hall seats 648 according to google. How close to 648 do you think attendance was?

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        Milo 2 years

        dude, they sold out weeks in advance for this event, and he sells out everywhere else he goes. Its sad you guys think this hurts anyone you are against. Please tell me why they stopped offering tickets weeks in advance if they were not sold out? seems illogical right?

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          milosucks 2 years

          sold out means no empty seats, dumbass!

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            Milo 2 years

            why are you resorting to calling people names? Like I said place was sold out, the article is lying but it doesn’t matter what they think or you think. We all had a grand time last night. Cheers mate!

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            JP 2 years

            It was certainly sold out in Houston–Milo was absolutely fantastic!

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          milosucks 2 years

          they literally turned people away when more than half the seats were empty because they were “sold out”.

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            Milo 2 years

            so what you are saying the event was so popular that not everyone who wanted to go could get in? I knew it man thanks! I can’t wait to watch the stream to his next event.

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          UDWahoo 2 years

          Tickets were sold out because protestors bought them and didn’t end up going, in protest. Hence why “sold out” is in quotations. Tickets sold out but the place was empty. There is logic to it being sold out but still empty.

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    Concerned student 1776 2 years

    The UD review is now literally less accurate in its ‘reporting’ then the black sheep. How the mighty have fallen.

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    Wearmittens 2 years

    I was working the lights…..it was pretty empty….

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    Tim 2 years

    Okay UD Review. I consider myself a liberal so I intensely dislike when people refer to the “liberal media” but your bias in reporting is so obvious when comparing the two events. Literally the entire 1.5 hour Milo event is posted on YouTube and you can clearly see Mitchell Hall being packed full of students. The link is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mEHdOJMUXQI if you want to see for yourself.

    The issue is when people see this, such clearly obviously biased reporting, they start to not believe you. If you don’t tell the truth on this issue why should they believe you tell the truth on any issue? No wonder conservatives/other people don’t trust the media. Your duty, as a press-member, is to be non biased and ultimately be the truth tellers. It is not to be ideologically pushing issues.

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    Mike 2 years

    I am unhappy with the censorship in this article.

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    hmm 2 years

    The title of this article implies that Milos arguments are not well supported. In terms of his arguments against social justice warriors (who are not far left but actully right wing) Milo makes great points and supports them well. On other topics I find his postions to be ridiculous.

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    knowing that this is where my money goes, the university will never see another cent from this alumnus

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    Diego 2 years

    Up next on the UD review “why white print paper is racist and why you should check your privilege every 3 seconds”

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    Barry E Boyes 2 years

    Looks like he acquired his fashion sense from Sarah Palin. Is this kind of “commentator forum” really still a thing?

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