Milo Yiannopoulis Brings Heat to NJ

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Rutgers Scott Hall 123, Feb. 9th 2016

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By: R. Theodora Appleton

Milo Yiannopoulis is one of the most abrasive personalities I have yet to observe in life. He’s a journalist and a cultural commentator from the UK who happens to be rapidly gaining attention in the US.

Matt Boyer and Aviv Khavich, members of the Young Americans for Liberty student organization organized this talk, according to the Facebook event.

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I sat in the back left side of the argument surrounded by BLM protestors and Milo supporters.

Milo was invited to Rutgers to talk about how the progressive liberals are ruining free speech in America. The talk was titled “How the Progressive Left is Destroying American Education.” Milo is currently on his “Dangerous Faggot Tour,” and Rutgers was one of his stops.

Interesting, but an appropriate name for the tour.

I didn’t expect a gay white man to be so strongly against the progressive feminism wave and the Black Lives Matter movement (BLM.)

Here is a list of some of Milo’s words verbatim. Mind you, a good portion of the talk was filled with yelling, cursing, and angry/passionate protestors.

Brace yourselves…Milo doesn’t hold back.

1) “Daddy killed it in New Hampshire”

Milo is a strong supporter of Donald Trump, and he endorsed him tonight through the talk. Trump and Milo would have a wonderful walk and talk in the park about political correctness because they feel the same way about the issue. Both guys think political correctness is ruining the country and that it’s poisonous to democracy. He expresses his love by calling Trump DADDY.

 

A guy from the audience makes a joke that lesbians don’t exist and Milo says:

2) “…not sure if there is sex without penises.

First off, this is just a crazy statement because obviously there’s sex without penises. A number of the audience members and I believe that Milo is a complete hypocrite if he does not accept homosexual women. I mean he’s a gay man for god sake.

3) “We can all agree with Martin Luther King… <que angry protestors saying ‘Milo doesn’t have the right to speak of MLK’>… What I was saying is that we can agree that we should judge people on the content of their character not their skin color.”

Since Milo believes the BLM movement is the wrong approach to fixing society, the BLM protestors thought it was shameful for him to even use MLK’s words. But what Milo said was good and true. People should be judged by his or her character, not their appearance. SO, why were the protestors so angry with this? Isn’t this what the goal is? Equality?

4)“The purpose of university is to interrogate new ideas, discover ourselves, meet new people, and explore the world. What ought to be is a free space without trigger warnings. In my view, anyone who asks for a trigger warning should be expelled. What they’ve demonstrated is that they are incapable of being exposed to new ideas.”

I do agree with Milo here. Of all the crazy things he’s said in this talk, this actually makes sense. We have certain affordances from the constitution that protect tax-paying citizens. We can believe and say what we want. But a respectful citizen is one who can be open-minded. Someone that can hear two sides of an argument and respect the other’s view is the only way democracy can survive.

5)“…The world they want is quite similar (in regards to the KKK and black lives matter)”

Okay. This is a loaded statement. Milo is saying that the BLM movement wants segregation again. An example of this would be all black housing. He connects this to the KKK wanting re-segregation. I can’t help to feel that this is completely ridiculous. The KKK wanted to kill people that were black. The BLM movement wants equality and to start a conversation about racial inequalities. Unfortunately, these conversations hadn’t surface because the protestors are so passionate. But to compare a social justice movement to the KKK is absurd.

6)“There is a safe space- it’s called the US. It is what enables people to be rude, and to be awesome.”

The point of this talk was free speech and how “safe spaces” are changing that right. Milo is saying that we are privileged as Americans because of our first amendment right. I agree with him. We are fortunate. But, importantly, we need to keep a watchful eye on the rise of trigger warnings and safe spaces on colleges. This is a sign that our first amendment rights are getting compromised.

7)”If you want to solve the problem [muslim mass migration] in Europe these people need to be deported.”

I think this speaks for itself. Probably another reason why he matches well with Trump.

8)“Mens rights activists…they are right in the way society is turning against men.”

Is this just a backlash to the feminist progress? I think it very well might be. Just 50 years ago women weren’t able to have credit cards without having a man co-sign. You’re telling me that women are dominating the society and men are feeling victimized. WHAT?

9)”The T should be taken out of the LGBT community. This movement has its roots in policing language. It’s all about political correctness, once again. Transgender is a psychiatric disorder-disease. The left has run out of things to complain about so the Trans movement has become a priority.”

Well Jesus. I think some individuals believe that being a homosexual is a disorder as well. What the heck do you have to say about that? I do think there’s too much sensitivity in the world, but to call Trans people diseased is outright despicable if you ask me.

10)“Perpetuating the victim is what hold us down.”

What Milo is getting at here is that when we keep feeling like the victim, nothing will ever get better. What do we do when a group of people was victimized for a period in history? We can’t just make the past go away. What I’m disappointed with is that Milo didn’t give an answer to fix this problem. The only advice he had was for black people to stop voting for democrats… gee…really helpful.

11)“All lives matter”

Here is the truth in it all. However, society doesn’t produce equality. Society shows that the marginalized lives matter less.

After the talk I went up to Milo and asked him why “all you need is love” isn’t the answer. He told me “it needs much more than that.”

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So what do we need? I guess that’s up to us.

We need to start with respect and a relearning of what it means to have democratic ideals. Everyone has different opinions and in America that is our freedom. That is our right. We’re living in a society that believes in double standards and hypocrisy. How can one individual say “you can’t talk about MLK” and proceed to argue “Don’t tell me to shut up, first amendment rights, I can say whatever I want!”

Yes, Milo has some terrible opinions. But he makes us question our societal traditions and social norms that go unanalyzed. The point to bring home is that the freedom of speech in America is being challenged in Universities all around the country. The world will have a rude awakening if Education in America continue on this path.

 

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15 thoughts on “Milo Yiannopoulis Brings Heat to NJ

  1. I think Milo’s main point has always been to get rid of safe spaces, trigger warnings and this far-left attitude where people feel certain subjects cannot be discussed over the emotional effect it may have on somebody else. That’s the solution, if you will. You have grown college students needing safe spaces, that is an insult to the generations before us who have suffered more than we probably ever will.

    What is dangerous about it is that it’s an ideology we aren’t allowed to criticize. They can and will blindly label the opposing side as racist, sexist, homophobic – the works, and that is fine. But when they start banning people from speaking, persecuting them for expressing mere opinions, that doesn’t pain a very bright future. At a university, all the more so.

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  2. “Just 50 years ago women weren’t able to have credit cards without having a man co-sign.”

    And things have changed dramatically since then.

    Maybe it’s time to reassess the status of the genders based on today’s reality, rather than enshrining the feminist observations from the 50s (“women = victims, men = privileged”) in stone as eternal articles of faith that may never be questioned?

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  3. Great article. Go on Breibart. He does give solutions, especially to BLM who as a Black person I agree. Also, same with the Trans and Feminist sh*t. I am still a Liberal Feminist who happens to be passionate about Black activism.

    I think the atmosphere stopped him delivering. It frustrates me when I follow him because he GETS IT but then trolls on twitter…or sometimes goes off on a tangent.

    Anyway, I didn’t like him at first,so I will just say, I get IT. You tend to need to follow him-his patterns plus his articles to get HIM.

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    1. I will definitely check it out, thank you for the suggestion. “As a black person, I agree” You say, Gaby, and I applaud you for that. I’ve oftentimes thought of race as the stupidest human invented idea ever. People are people. They can believe anything. A gay man has the right to be against feminism. A white woman also can be against feminism. This is freedom. 🙂

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  4. I really enjoyed this opinion piece. Your able to give some a non-biased analysis but put some of your own personal flare into it. Keep it up!

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  5. Nice summary of the event. I’m sure his abrasiveness and irreverent opinions are deliberate, though he’s got a point about a few.

    With respect to 5, I think he’s referring to cultural segregation, specifically the notion that blacks and whites cannot peacefully coexist. He’s basing this likely on anecdotal reports that certain BLM groups on campuses recently forbid whites from participating in “healing” or prayer sessions, or notions that white police officers are incapable of treating people of all races fairly, therefore requiring some sort of quota system that law enforcement members proportionately reflect the community by race.

    As for 9, the “T” is arguably a product of political correctness, and for academic purposes, the notion that someone “feels” like the opposite sex isn’t really equivalent to the real physiological response a homosexual exibits towards the same sex. If you look deep into transgenderism, you’ll find the biological studies behind it aren’t as conclusive as some would like you to believe (no one has any real idea of its objective diagnosis besides the person’s own determination of his “true” sex,” partially because the number of subjects involved rarely exceed 20 or 30) and the condition is so often accompanied by other psychological problems that it’s difficult to isolate one from the other.

    Don’t mean to lecture. Anyway, interesting read.

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  6. Thanks for this piece. Milo is a bit like Scotch: too strong at first, but an acquired taste. Once you realize he is TRYING to be funny and shocking you can see past the exaggeration to the extremely important truth he is communicating.

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  7. I think you slightly mischaracterised what he means on the so-called “MRA” thing. It’s not that women are dominating society. Most of the main positions of power are still occupied by men. It’s that the values and culture have shifted massively in a way that disadvantages men more than women now. There’s been a bit of an over-correction.
    This is reflected in the difference in education. Girls perform better than boys at pretty much every level in the west now.
    That doesn’t have an immediate effect though. That’s the confusion. That sort of thing will take a few generations before you can ultimately see it’s outcome.
    I don’t think men are worse off than women today. But I think if some key things aren’t changed, in about 50 years they probably will be quite noticeably.

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