In a packed auditorium at the University of Massachusetts on Monday night, Breitbart Tech editor Milo Yiannopoulos, comedian Steven Crowder, and former philosophy professor Christina Hoff Sommers fought off a crowd of student protesters who continuously shouted in an attempt to silence their right to speak.
The event was hosted by the UMass College Republicans in the University’s sizable Bowker Auditorium. Although most of the seats were filled by students eager to listen to the speakers, a few troublemakers who slipped into the event tried to silence the panelists by shouting and yelling.
When Yiannopoulos stepped onto the stage for his introduction, he received a mixture of cheers and boos. Like most of his events, Yiannopoulos kept his introduction brief in an effort to leave more time for questions from students.
“Feminism is cancer. Thank you very much,” Yiannopoulos said before he stepped away from the podium.
Comedian Steven Crowder didn’t respond kindly to the rude behavior from the student protesters, quickly calling them “silly liberal fruitcakes” for their attempts to yell over him and the other panelists. After one of the protesters called Crowder a “racist,” he quickly dismissed the student and accused him of simply regurgitating his professor’s criticisms of conservatives.
Crowder reminded the student protesters that the Yiannopoulos’ “Dangerous Faggot Tour” was created in response to the type of behavior they were exhibiting by attempting to stifle free expression: “This monster right here that you’re so afraid of – the face you see in your nightmares, was created by social justice warrior a**holes like you.”
The topic of the event was political correctness. Amongst the panelists, the overarching theme was that political correctness is a device used by regressive leftists to win debates without having to make an argument.
Speaking over the protesters’ shouting, Sommers called political correctness “an effort to impose a political agenda without having to argue.” Yiannopoulos criticized the students who have claimed throughout his tour that his presence on campus “is a threat to their physical safety,” calling them “f**king idiots.” Speaking about the shouting protesters, Crowder said “do you want to know what political correctness is? Look around and listen. These people don’t have arguments. They just yell out ‘racist.’ And they call the [Milo], who has a fetish for black dudes, a racist homophobe.”
Despite the chaos, students took to social media after the event to express their satisfaction with the event.
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A lighter portion of the event involved Yiannopoulos’ explaining the variations of feminist jazz hands, because “even the standard jazz hands can be triggering for some.” Jazz hands are often used at feminist and social justice warrior gatherings because they claim that clapping can cause anxiety.