Following the protests that disrupted his recent appearance at DePaul University, Milo Yiannopoulos was given an appropriately regal entrance Thursday at University of California, Santa Barbara.
The conservative firebrand and self-proclaimed “Internet supervillain,” entered the lecture hall where he was scheduled to give his talk “Feminism is Cancer,” while being carried in on a throne by a crew of students all sporting red “Make America Great Again” hats. The procession was led by a man waving a large American flag and included a full-sized cardboard cutout of Donald Trump (whom Yiannopoulous calls “Daddy”). All the while, the satirical jingoist anthem “America F*ck Yeah!” from the movie Team America: World Police was blasting.
The event was hosted by the Young Americans for Liberty, a non-profit political activist organization founded in the wake of Ron Paul‘s unsuccessful 2008 presidential bid.
Austin Yack, writing in The College Fix, described the speech:
No sacred cow was left unscathed as he mocked modern feminist icons Lena Dunham and Amy Schumer, and joked that if women worked longer hours maybe the wage gap would shrink.
[…] Yiannopoulos said that feminists don’t have much to complain about. They have been successful in achieving their right to vote, equal access to education and much more because of the western capitalist society – the “only system that has rewarded these rights en masse.”
Yiannopoulos challenged commonly held notions about the prevalence of rape, and he reportedly speculated whether feminists want, in his words, “men to rape more so they’ve got more to complain about so they can hang onto their ridiculous fallacious statistics or whether they prefer to rediscover their commitment to truth, accuracy, and evidence-based thinking. I don’t know, perhaps a feminist would like to tell me.”
Yiannopoulous’ speech on Tuesday at DePaul was interrupted by protesters shouting anti-Trump slogans, one of whom grabbed the microphone away and reportedly made a gesture that resembled the wind-up for a punch. Yiannopoulous has condemned campus security for failing to intercede on his behalf.
His speech at UCSB went off without a hitch.
[screengrab via YouTube/The College Fix]
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