Milo Yiannopoulos’ ‘10 Things I Hate About Mexico’ speech canceled at UCLA

FILE - In this Jan. 25, 2017 file photo, Milo Yiannopoulos speaks at the Mathematics building at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colo. (Jeremy Papasso/Daily Camera via AP, File)
A February speech by conservative firebrand Milo Yiannopoulos at UCLA was canceled because it “polarized the leadership” of the campus’ Republican club. Yiannopoulos’ speech was titled “10 Things I Hate About Mexico.” (Jeremy Papasso/Daily Camera via AP, File)

LOS ANGELES — A speech by conservative provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos about Mexico planned for this month at UCLA has been canceled, the campus’ Republican club announced Wednesday.

“The decision to host Milo has polarized the leadership of the organization between those wishing to move forward with the event and those who wish to cancel it,” a statement on the Bruin Republicans Facebook page said.

“In order for an organization to be able to function properly, it must do so with the unequivocal support of all its members. This does not mean that we all must agree 100 percent on all issues but we must have at least a clear majority. Consequently, we have decided not to move forward with the event.”

The cancellation “has nothing to do with” any “public backlash to this event,” the statement said.

Yiannopoulos’ Feb. 26 speech was titled “10 Things I Hate About Mexico.”

On his Facebook page, Yiannopoulos wrote, “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.”

 

 

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