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As part of his ongoing college tour, conservative journalist Milo Yiannopoulos is going to speak at UC Santa Barbara on May 26. 

Milo is a lightning rod of controversy. He has described feminism as "cancer" and has said transgender people need psychiatric help, not surgery. 

Milo champions a conservative viewpoint often left out of college campus discussions, but he does so in an abrasive and often offensive manner. The title of his tour, for example, is "Dangerous Faggot," in reference to himself. On Twitter he is self-described as "The most fabulous supervillain on the internet." Milo is the first to point out some of what he says is tongue and cheek, but the full frontal attack on sensitives and microaggressions still leaves many disgusted by his talks.

Student protests take place at every college campus he speaks. Many of the protests want to disrupt his talk or even ban him from campus. This has sparked debate and conversation around freedom of speech on campuses and where a line, if any, should be drawn. 

Students say that conservatives like Milo are pushing hate speech. Conservatives argue that there is no intellectual diversity on college campuses and their views are already shut out and deemed offensive. That's why Milo declares an "all out war on social justice...[criticizing] feminism, the myth of the wage gap, the myth of campus rape culture.... [and] fix the lies the race baiters tell." Defenders say Milo's offensiveness is a reactionary measure against the closing space for free speech and inquiry on college campuses. 

Should UC Santa Barbara stand up against hate and silence Milo or stand up for free speech and let him talk?

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This video from Campus Reform shows the wide range of emotions that happen at a Milo protest. At one point a man taking a photo of protestors is shoved and the crowd is very angry yelling for the photographer to be removed. The crowd then shifts attention to somebody who calls for others to speak out, "for the sake of fighting hate with love," about why minority groups should be protected and are an integral part of the campus community.
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For those who protest Milo, it's about setting priorities.
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Milo on the debate question: "Have We Reached an Age of Gender Equality?"
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Feminism is the notion that all humans should be treated equal. To argue against that doesn't help anyone.
Part of a Q/A in the NYT with Milo. Q: You’re one of the loudest, most provocative voices at Breitbart News, and you’re currently on a speaking tour of college campuses, railing against 'P.C. culture.' You once admitted in a profile that your public persona started out as a comedy character that you created because 'I didn’t like me very much.' What didn’t you like about yourself? A: I’ve wrestled with being religious and being conservative and being gay, but the reason I felt like that is because of other gay people. The only real shaming I’ve ever experienced has been from other gay people when I reveal my politics or my religion. Q: Did they hurt your feelings? A: No. I don’t have feelings to hurt. Q: Do you like yourself now? A: I love myself. I am the best person I know. Q: You’ve called feminism a “cancer” and Malala Yousafzai “schoolmarmish.” Is there anything you wouldn’t say or wouldn’t mock? A: There’s nothing I wouldn’t mock. I wouldn’t say the N-word. It’s an ugly, hateful word. Q: Why is it any different from anything else? A: I defend people’s right to use offensive speech, I just don’t personally choose to use the N-word. But I think people who do use those words should not be subjected to censure. That’s already happening in the U.K. — the police are actively trying to regulate 'offensive speech.' That is so Orwellian and terrifying and horrendous.
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FINAL RESULTS
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Should the conservative provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos be allowed to speak at UC Santa Barbara?
A festive crown for the winner
#UCSBForFreeSpeech
#UCSBAgainstHate