Milo Yiannopoulos, a journalist and alt-right provocateur, is no longer coming to UC Santa Barbara for a lecture originally scheduled for Jan. 17 in Campbell Hall.
College Republicans canceled the event after having difficulty scheduling Yiannopoulos’ visit with his handlers, according to Victoria Penate, College Republicans treasurer and a second-year economics and accounting major.
Yiannopoulos’ handlers asked College Republicans if they could reschedule to a later date in January or February, then asked to move the visit back to January 17, Penate said.
“It seemed like the communication between us and his team just wasn’t going that well,” Penate said. “It would have been difficult to scramble for reorganizing for the original date after we had thought that we would have more time.”
Yiannopoulos, an editor for the online publication Breitbart, headlined “Feminism is Cancer” in Corwin Pavilion on May 26, 2016.
The event was sponsored by conservative student group Young Americans for Liberty and sparked extended controversy, with students expressing their distaste for the name of the event and Yiannopoulos’ statements.
Across the University of California, other schools have experienced similar reactions to Yiannopoulos. This week, twelve UC Berkeley faculty members called for campus administration to cancel Berkeley College Republican’s event, the Daily Californian reported.