Protesters Shut Down Milo Yiannopoulos at DePaul University Event

Protesters Shut Down Milo Yiannopoulos at DePaul University Event

Protesters Shut Down Milo Yiannopoulos at DePaul University Event

In the nation of Cupcake College, safe spaces apply. Unless you’re Milo Yiannopoulos.

The DePaul University segment of Yiannopoulos’ “Dangerous Faggot” tour was shut down last night by Black Lives Matter and Bernie Sanders protesters. No less than three minutes after the event started, a Black Lives Matter protester wearing a “Straight out of Chicago,” t-shirt made her way to the stage and sat down in Milo’s assigned chair as a sign of protest — she was eventually removed after an awkwardly silent demonstration but managed later to get back on stage to get in Yiannopoulous’ face:

The protest to Yiannopoulos’ event was of no surprise to president of the College Republicans, Nicole Been, who called for extra security. Actually, Yiannopoulous called for and PAID for extra security. I bet you’re wondering where paid security was for this event? Good question. They were nowhere to be found. They must have been channeling Paul Blart and too busy riding around on their Segways. A few weeks back, a Change.org petition was filed by an individual only identified as “No Hate” to silence the appearance, citing DePaul as a “Vincentian institution”:

“As a Vincentian institution, DePaul University is responsible for standing against systemic injustices in all forms. Students from communities of all races, sexual and gender identities, and religious affiliations deserve to be able to co-exist on campus without the presence of the virulent hatred Yiannopoulos promotes. The systemic oppression of these communities is not a form of “intellectual thought”, nor is it just “someone’s opinion”. It is not a tool for an entertainer to use and classify as “pop culture” or “sensationalism” to turn a profit.”

The petition further called to:

1. Cancel the Milo Yiannopoulos event scheduled for May 24th,

2. Agree to issue a more appropriate response to the chalkings on campus and related issues, which can only be realized and decided by the students, staff, and faculty directly affected by these incidents, as well the acknowledgement of the presence, and a course of active action to be taken against, the continuous systemic oppression of marginalized groups on campus.

While the petition claimed that DePaul University had the responisibility as a “Vincentian institution” to stop the “systematic injustice” of a Milo Yiannopoulos appearance, the University’s Mission statement utters no nonsense of “systematic injustices”:

Together we provide the leadership that enables the university to achieve excellence in its educational mission, serve its diverse student body, and maximize its strategic capacities. As the premier international resource for Vincentian studies, the Office also serves a wide range of external constituencies who seek to deepen their engagement with Vincentian history, spirituality, and service.

A journalist filming the protests outside of the event was also arrested an placed behind bars.

It’s no wonder more 18-34 year-olds are still living with their parents even after college. The mission statement of “Vincentian institution”, DePaul University reads: “serving a diverse student body and maximizing strategic capacities”.

Student and church minister, Edward Ward, who attempted to shut down the event, sounded off:

“This is not a point of shutting down free speech, it’s the point of shutting down hate speech” and promised to “continue to do so long as there’s anything that’s happening that threatens my safety. When I went, I was open to listen to what was being said, I was open to listen and try to understand.

But when it’s coming from a point of ignorance, when you make these blatant statements about feminists, when you make blatant statements about the LGBTQ community, when you make statements about black people – then it becomes a problem, because when you use this kind of hatred people like us end up dead. You get Charleston. These are what you get as a result of his type of speech and rhetoric.”

An essential part of strategic thinking lies in hearing the arguments from the other side. Strategic thinking happens when one hears perspectives that one may not necessarily agree with; it lies in allowing those with opposing opinions to speak freely and respecting them when they do so. Unless you are a white, gay man who votes Republican. In that case, you’re a scary monster that needs to be taken down. Hope their parents enjoy tucking them in at night and telling them not to be afraid of the scary monsters when they are 32 and still living at home.

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9 Comments
  • Dutchuncle says:

    Isn’t this a HATE CRIME? Just sayin’

  • GWB says:

    Students from communities of all races, sexual and gender identities, and religious affiliations deserve to be able to co-exist on campus

    No, you do NOT deserve any such thing.

    This is not a point of shutting down free speech, it’s the point of shutting down hate speech

    You obviously don’t understand “free speech” since that’s EXACTLY what you shut down.

    continue to do so long as there’s anything that’s happening that threatens my safety

    Oh puhlease. Where was your safety ever endangered here? You’re a P—Y. Or a liar.

    When I went, I was open to listen to what was being said, I was open to listen and try to understand.

    OK, it’s the liar option. Because this is absolute f*ing bullshit.

    My apologies to the ladies for the colorful language, but I’m get really tired of this crap.

    When the security guards failed to act, I would have immediately taken back the mic, pushed both of them off the stage (literally – just shoved them off the edge), and asked audience members to escort them and their fellow disrupters from the venue.

    If you want to be free, you have to act free. If you will not govern yourself, others will govern you. Only you can protect your God-given rights from being trampled.

  • GWB says:

    Would someone do a spoof of the Death Wish movies about this? Some mild-mannered, liberal professor who drives a Leaf has his wife’s for-credit lecture on 50 Shades Of Gray shut down by hecklers because she’s insufficiently radical in her feminism. It leaves her mentally and emotionally broken, confined to a campus safe-space room. And he decides to take back the campus from these buffoons.

    He doesn’t have to get a gun (I wouldn’t ever want to be accused of wishing death upon these pathetic snowflakes), but he starts chalking quotes from classical liberals all over campus. He puts up posters about Desouza’s movies. He – *gasp!* – actually tells his class to “pull your collective heads out of your collective a**es and start actually thinking for a change! Learn something, damnit!”
    The snowflakes drop like the muggers encountering Bronson. Of course, they look around to find their fainting couch, first.
    We could call it “Speech Wish“?

  • Dan says:

    I got some insane footage of the protest. Check it out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iC7YsLNKaKA

  • J walter says:

    Those kids are the future of America.

  • GWB says:

    BTW, the woman who assaulted Milo is the daughter of the Chicago Police Department’s Director of Administration.
    How far does the nut fall from the tree, I wonder?

  • GWB says:

    I would love to learn what church Ward is a minister in, as well. Let’s make sure that all of these obscene actions adhere to their affiliates.

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