Gavin McInnes Plans to Speak at UC Berkeley Amid Protests
Meanwhile, Ann Coulter is headed for the city on Thursday even though her appearance was canceled.
University of California, Berkeley, could see protests or riots on Thursday — due to Ann Coulter's now canceled appearance — and the city has been plastered with street art from right-wing agitators.
While Coulter will not be speaking, The Hollywood Reporter has learned that Vice Media co-founder Gavin McInnes is planning to give remarks. McInnes, who left Vice in 2008, is a controversial comedian, radio host and politically incorrect advocate for free speech. He is expected to give a speech outdoors at UC Berkeley with or without permission.
Coulter is headed for Berkeley on Thursday even though her appearance was canceled due to concerns for her safety and the safety of her audience. Coulter told THR that McInnes will read a portion of the speech she intended to give about immigration. "The most un-snowflakey part," she said.
Posters resembling giant penises popped up in and around UC Berkeley on Thursday morning courtesy of a conservative street artist – known by the pseudonym Sabo – who regularly lampoons Hollywood celebrities.
The street artist is also attacking Berkeley police and administrators for what he perceives as their inability to protect free speech.
The penises are meant to advertise an appearance Milo Yiannopoulos is planning next week at Berkeley, on May 5, which the controversial gay conservative has dubbed Cinco de Milo.
Sabo claimed that police detained him and his crew and that they had ripped down many of their posters. They'll be putting up more later, he said.
"I've never been censored that much, that fast," said Sabo. "Milo offered to buy us a nice bottle of scotch and a dinner for the police trouble."
Some of the posters, like the one below, advertise a fake group called the Antifa running club. "Antifa" refers to self-described anti-fascists, left-wing activists that have clashed with right-wing demonstrators in the city over President Trump, Yiannopoulos and other conservatives.