Milo Yiannopoulos' UCLA Talk Canceled
He was scheduled to deliver the address "10 Things I Hate About Mexico" on Feb. 26.
Milo Yiannopoulos' upcoming talk at the University of California, Los Angeles, this month has been canceled following a vote by the student group that originally invited him, The Hollywood Reporter confirmed Wednesday.
Yiannopoulos was scheduled to deliver the address "10 Things I Hate About Mexico" on Feb. 26 at the invitation of the Bruin Republicans student group. The Bruin Republicans had begun selling tickets for the event less than 24 hours prior to its cancellation, according to a report in the Los Angeles Times.
The Times reported that the Bruin Republicans voted on Wednesday to cancel the talk. The Bruin Republicans did not immediately respond to THR's request for comment.
The decision came the same day that UCLA sociology professor Gabriel Rossman published an open letter to the the student group in The Weekly Standard, which told Bruin Republicans members, in part, "your conscience should tell you that you never want anything to do with someone whose entire career is not reasoned argument, but shock jock performance art."
In a statement to THR on Wednesday, Yiannopoulos said of the cancellation, "I despair at the trajectory of Californian universities. Even the students who describe themselves as Republicans seem hopelessly lost and weak. Californian professors are engaged in the systematic extermination of free speech on campus. They have made the mere discussion of populist, nationalist conservative ideas impossible. I will never stop arranging talks in California. I don't care how much money or how much time it takes. Unlike previous generations of conservative and libertarian activists I refuse to simply hand over the keys to the wacko left. In the meantime I urge parents to reconsider sending your kids to these schools. They're not getting educated — they're getting indoctrinated."
Yiannopoulos' last scheduled appearance at UCLA, in 2017, was also canceled after the Bruin Republicans said that the group could not accommodate his requests and that they feared the event would lead to protests and put students' safety in jeopardy.