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Ultra-conservative commentator Milo Yiannopoulos in talks to speak at LSU in April

3 months 3 weeks 2 days ago Friday, February 23 2018 Feb 23, 2018 February 23, 2018 10:10 AM February 23, 2018 in News
Source: WBRZ

BATON ROUGE – Ultra-conservative commentator Milo Yiannopoulos is expected to speak before students at LSU in April.

In a post teasing the controversial speaker's appearance, the LSU College Republicans organization tweeted a picture of Yiannopoulos and the word “Dangerous” with another note - “48 days.” The post was written Thursday morning and appears to have been deleted soon after WBRZ.com reported the story.

A Twitter search shows conversations dating back to Thursday afternoon drawing mixed reactions from people.  Some in support of the visit, others pondering if another conservative speaker would have been more appropriate.  Click HERE for the thread of tweets. 

Yiannopoulos, an out gay man, is known to flaunt his sexuality yet left-leaning media pundits have referred to him as an “internet supervillain.”

A video associated with Yiannopoulos' YouTube account highlighted an appearance in 2016 where, according to a post, “Milo lectures about the destructive 'Body Positivity' movement and why fat people should be shamed.”  

A spokesperson for LSU said the university did not have much information about the plan for the visit and referred questions to the student organizations.

A few days after the tweet, LSU College Republicans said it had not yet finalized  Yiannopoulos' visit and had sent the tweet in error.  

"The tweet was a mistake," Joshua Tucker, president of LSU College Republicans, said in an email to WBRZ.  "There was a misunderstanding between the social media team and myself. They thought that the event had been finalized and approved. The LSU Administration is aware that the event is being planned, but it is still not approved and scheduled," he added, but figured the event will be set and likely set for April 11th

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