UCF cancels Milo speech on 'Gays and Islam' due to lack of security

Kassy Dillon
Massachusetts Campus Correspondent

  • A speech by Milo Yiannopoulos in response to the Orlando shootings was “postponed” Tuesday by the University of Central Florida because of insufficient security.
  • Yiannopoulos has vowed to give his address Wednesday via press conference, with or without adequate security.
  • A speech by Milo Yiannopoulos in response to the Orlando shootings was “postponed” Tuesday by the University of Central Florida because of insufficient security.

    At the event, titled “Absolutely Haram: Milo on Gays and Islam,” Yiannopoulos planned to address the tragedy that occurred over the weekend at an Orlando gay nightclub, as well as social media threats he received over his Twitter comments on the shooting.

    "I will not be intimidated by threats made against me made on social media and elsewhere. The press conference will go ahead tomorrow."   

    Breitbart News reported that the Deputy Chief of Police at UCF, Brett Meade,made an executive decision to postpone the event due to lack of resources, citing threats against Yiannopoulos and his audience that had been made on social media. The department urged Yiannopoulos to reschedule the event and change its format out of an abundance of caution.

    Yiannopoulos is now scheduled to speak at a news conference Wednesday in Orlando to deliver the same address he planned for the original event.

    “If local police can’t provide protection, we will supply our own private security for me and any journalists and guests who attend,” Yiannopoulos declared on Twitter.

    Members of the media and guests were encouraged to contact a member of Yiannopoulos’ press team for access to the event. In addition to the protection of the UCF police, Yiannopoulos said he would consider additional private security if he deemed it necessary.

    "I will not be intimidated by threats made against me made on social media and elsewhere. The press conference will go ahead tomorrow," Yiannopoulos wrote.

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    Kassy Dillon

    Kassy Dillon

    Massachusetts Campus Correspondent

    Kassy Dillon is a Massachusetts Campus Correspondent, and reports liberal bias and abuse on campus for Campus Reform. Kassy is a journalist, political commentator, and student at Mount Holyoke College. She is the founder of Lone Conservative, a group blog that gives a voice to conservative college students. She also is a regular contributor to The Hill and The Daily Wire, and has appeared on Fox News discussing issues surrounding free speech and cultural issues on college campuses. 

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