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.
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.”
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.