University of California, Los Angeles’s student Republican group disinvited conservative provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos, who was scheduled to give a Feb. 26 talk, on Wednesday.
The Bruin Republicans rescinded Yiannopoulos’ invitation to deliver a talk entitled “10 Things I Hate About Mexico” after pressure from an adviser to the group, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
“Your conscience should tell you that you never want anything to do with someone whose entire career is not reasoned argument, but shock jock performance art,” said UCLA sociology professor Gabriel Rossman, who advises the Bruin Republicans. “I want to be clear that my point here is not that some people will be offended, but that the speaker is purely malicious.”
The decision to host Yiannopoulos fragmented the group’s leadership and that they decided to cancel the event on the basis of maintaining a “clear majority” of support in the group, The Bruin Republicans said in a statement the group provided to The Daily Caller News Foundation.
“We would like to make it clear that any public backlash to this event has nothing to do with our cancellation and that we have been more than willing to stand up to both protesters and administrative figures as evidenced by our Ben Shapiro event last quarter,” noted the Bruin Republicans to TheDCNF.
“I will never stop arranging talks in California,” said Yiannopoulos to The Hollywood Reporter. “I don’t care how much money or how much time it takes. Unlike previous generations of conservative and libertarian activists I refuse to simply hand over the keys to the wacko left. In the meantime I urge parents to reconsider sending your kids to these schools. They’re not getting educated — they’re getting indoctrinated.”
Editor’s Note: This reporter worked with Milo Yiannopoulos as an intern in 2015 and contributed to Breitbart from 2015 to 2016.
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