Controversial Breitbart contributor speaks at UCCS amid protests

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Milo Yiannopoulos, a British author who writes for alt-right publication Breitbart, spoke at UCCS Thursday.

As expected, people protested what some call hate speech. He is wildly popular, but there are a lot of people who disagree with his rhetoric.

Yiannopoulos’s presence on campus got a strong reaction.

“No trump. No KKK. No fascist USA,” chanted a group of about 50 protesters.

One protester said it’s because of what Yiannopoulos says.

“Milo stands for a lot of hate and divisiveness and that’s not what our campus is supposed to stand for,” said student Sandhya Kutty Falls.

There were a lot of people there to see him because of what he says.

“Insightful approach to modern day politics in my opinion and I think he’s entertaining,” said Sam Elzinga, who was there to see Yiannopoulos.

Some said it’s the meaning behind that entertainment that is concerning.

“Any type of -ism that you can think of, he has it. Racism, homophobia, anything that you don’t want in your country,” said Kutty Falls.

“What he is saying is not hate speech. It needs to be slander, libel, and that means he needs to be actively saying that he wants to hurt people. That he wants to kill someone, that he wants to destroy certain people, and he’s not saying that,” said Elzinga.

Some people argue that Yiannopoulos is a bully.

“I don’t think he bullies anyone. I think he says things that people don’t like, but he’s not bullying people. He’s not actively trying to be malicious,” said Elzinga.

Some people who protested do take it to be malicious, which is why they felt more comfortable seeing all the people protesting.

“It’s great to know that I’m not alone and I know a lot of marginalized people think that,” said Kutty Falls.

Yiannopoulos’s speech at UCCS was unfit for a TV audience in some instances.

A big underlying theme of his speech was that the white working class of America got disenchanted with political correctness, according to him, and the left is essentially making people soft with political correctness. He also said that only white rich men should be in any positions of true power, because they’re the only ones who can be inherently unbiased.

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