University of Miami cancels Milo event due to ‘security concerns’
The University of Miami has cancelled an event featuring conservative firebrand Milo Yiannopoulos, citing unspecified “security concerns.”
The event, arranged by the school’s College Republicans chapter, was scheduled to take place on October 3, but the CR’s received notification last week that the event had been cancelled, Breitbart News reports.
Yiannopoulos, a Breitbart Tech editor and notorious conservative provocateur, was scheduled to continue his “Dangerous Faggot” tour at the school.
The private university made the decision to cancel the Milo event just days after he criticized liberal professors in a Youtube video.
“For all of the petulant behaviour of the women we’ve seen this evening and all of the petulant behaviour of black lives matter, the people I really loathe, the people who disgust me, the people who sign letters to stop me coming to universities are the professors,” Yiannopoulos says in the video.
“They are the root cause of this problem, they are so irresponsible that they do not understand the consequences of what they do; they don’t understand what happens to students when they leave these nice leafy communities and go out into the real world believing lies,” he continues. “And they knowingly lie to you. They lie to you and they lie about you and it has got to stop; it is unacceptable and I am going to try over the course of this tour to draw attention to some of the professors doing that because you deserve better.”
This is not the first time that Yiannopoulos has been declared persona non grata at a major university.
One notable example is DePaul University, which faced criticism over its handling of a Yiannopoulos even earlier this year, during which Black Lives Matter protesters stormed the stage and commandeered the microphone, eventually compelling Yiannopoulos to end the event early.
This time, however, many affiliated with the College Republicans in Florida believe the cancellation to be a matter of political correctness, and do not believe that the university was transparent with its concerns.
"The burden of providing security for club events does not fall on individual clubs or organizations—it falls on the University,” Florida Federation of College Republicans Chairman Cade Marsh told Campus Reform. “If they cannot provide for their students to exercise their First Amendment rights in a safe environment, then they have failed in their primary duty as an institution of higher learning.
“Trying to shift the responsibility to students who aren't fully aware of the extent to which their rights are being trampled is not something new—it's a common tactic used by administrations to shut down ‘troublesome’ events and demonstrations,” he added. “It's devastating, and it needs to stop. In their hurry to appear PC, they are too quick to throw entire student groups under the bus without a second thought."
Campus Reform reached out to the University of Miami for comment, but did not receive a response in time for publication.
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