A petition started by a group of left-wing students at the University of Colorado, Boulder asking the college to ban MILO ahead of his event on campus in January has reached over 1,000 signatures.
“Yiannopolous is not a journalist according to any respectable definition of that word; he is a racist, sexist, reactionary opportunist who makes a comfortable living off sensationalism” claims Charles Wofford, who started the petition. “To deny him the privilege of speaking at our esteemed university is not to infringe on his (or anyone’s) freedom of speech. And deny him the privilege of speaking at our university is exactly what we ought to do.”
“The purpose of this petition is to get CU Chancellor Philip DiStefano to stand up to bullying and hateful rhetoric, and to stand up for all of the students of CU” he continued. “It is to get Chancellor DiStefano to revoke the invitation for Yiannopolous to speak at CU Boulder.”
Wofford also claims that MILO is “alt-right”, despite MILO’s frequent statements that he merely gave the group a “fair hearing” as a journalist.
As of writing, the online petition has 1,411 signatures out of a 1,500 goal, and the majority of comments on the petition falsely accuse MILO of being racist and a “Nazi” while also claiming that “hate speech” is not free speech.
MILO is set to speak at CU Boulder on January 25th 2017 as one of the final shows in his Dangerous Faggot tour around US colleges.