Wading into the murky world of campus politics, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has canceled a talk by conservative provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos at New York University. Yiannopoulos responded by savaging the Democrat mayor.
Yiannopoulos was due to speak to a Liberal Studies class on the intersection of Halloween, culture, and politics, but NYU staff canceled the appearance after a request from the mayor himself, for “public safety reasons.”
Earlier on Tuesday, New York City Council members had urged the university to cancel the talk, denouncing the “hate” expressed by Yiannopoulos and the event’s proximity to Saturday’s shooting dead of 11 worshippers in a synagogue in Pittsburgh. The council also pointed out that nearby Halloween parades would have the city’s police force stretched thin.
Milo was characteristically venomous in his response.
“The entire city of New York is terrified of one gay man stepping out of line and calling out the Left as the intolerant, censorious crybabies they are,” he wrote on Instagram. “And they just proved it—by censoring me again.”
“RIP, First Amendment. They’re not even pretending any more,” he concluded.
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