Saturday, November 26, 2016

Testing, Testing

Probably not coming to Davis
An earlier posting on this blog suggested UC campuses might not be all that calm in the wake of the recent presidential election.* It appears that we will be testing that possibility out soon enough:

Milo Yiannopoulos, a controversial journalist who has been described as Donald Trump's “alt-right poster boy,” is scheduled to speak at UC Davis on Jan. 13. Yiannopoulos is a senior editor for the online magazine Breitbart, whose chairman, Steve Bannon, has been appointed as President-elect Donald Trump’s chief strategist. His UC Davis appearance is sponsored by the Davis College Republicans. Yiannopoulos, 32, was raised in England and founded an online media and techonology magazine, The Kernal, which he sold in 2014. He gained notoriety that year for his coverage and commentary of the Gamergate controversy, involving the harassment of women in the video game industry. He has been a critic of feminism, Islam and political correctness. Twitter has periodically suspended his account, most recently after he was accused of inciting racist trolls targeting “Ghostbusters” actress Leslie Jones.

The Davis College Republicans’ website includes a disclaimer regarding Yiannopoulos’ appearance, stating that “Milo is known for discussing topics, both political or not, that may offend some people but not others” and warns that “some topics may not be suitable for youth.”

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