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