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University Students Traumatized After Milo Yiannopoulos Speaks on Pitt Campus

Posted on | March 4, 2016 | 30 Comments


He’s @Nero on Twitter, and inspires fear on campus:

The University of Pittsburgh’s Student Government Board held a public meeting on Tuesday to discuss the traumatizing visit the night before from “dangerous” homosexual and Breitbart Tech Editor Milo Yiannopoulos, during which students described themselves as feeling “hurt” and “unsafe.”
“During his talk, Yiannopoulos called students who believe in a gender wage gap ‘idiots,’ declared the Black Lives Matter movement a ‘supremacy’ group, while feminists are ‘man-haters,’” according to the student paper The Pitt News, prompting a handful of twenty-something-year olds to feel upset.
“Just because we have to be neutral with our funding doesn’t mean we’re personally neutral,” announced board member Jack Heidecker at the meeting. “I hurt yesterday, too.”
“So many of us shared in our pain. I felt I was in danger, and I felt so many people in that room were in danger,” proclaimed Marcus Robinson, student and president of the Pittsburgh Rainbow Alliance. Robinson also suggested that councilors should have been provided in another room to protect students who felt “traumatized” by Yiannopoulos’s opinions.
“This is more than hurt feelings, this is about real violence. We know that the violence against marginalized groups happens every day in this country,” claimed social work and urban studies major Claire Matway. “That so many people walked out of that [event] feeling in literal physical danger is not alright.” . . .

(You were “feeling in literal physical danger”? Really?)

Student Government Board President Nasreen Harun is reported to have “teared up” after “hearing students’ experiences as a result of Milo Yiannopoulos’ talk on Monday.”
“We’re very sorry people are feeling the way they are and it was not intended… and we’re sorry people are not proud to be at Pitt,” she expressed in deep remorse.

These Special Snowflakes™ are so pathetically weak.



  • Fail Burton

    I watched the talk and was particularly impressed by a student who cried out whites have been a problem since the beginning of time. And in fact that is the kind of history which is being taught in gender and post-colonial studies classes. I have read a massive amount of rhetoric written by social justice advocates surrounding the concept of colonialism and it is an equally massive amount of lies. They are concerned with and aware of only one type of colonialism, and that is any which is considered white on non-white. Any other form, whether it’s Ireland, the Mughals, Aztecs, Arabs, Spain the Balkans, Greece, etc. literally does not exist within the awareness of intersectional radical lesbian social theory.

    Even worse is how feminist students asked for statistics while ignoring one of the most easily available and telling stat of all: 95% of accidental workplace deaths are male. That is clear evidence of a trend that is national and cuts across many sectors of work. It is clear evidence that women in fact do make different choices than men, freely and of their own will. It has nothing to do with patriarchy or misogyny, but feminism has everything to do with one-sided lectures, an aversion to debate, incredible amounts of racism, man-hating and straight up lying. Milo is right on pointing out that Black Lives Matter is no different than a Klan rally; the entire feminist movement is no different. They are serial liars pumped full of myths taught in safe echo chambers where any persistent dissent is a career-ender, whether student or teacher.

  • Eric Ashley

    Whites have only existed since Japheth, son of Noah. Thats roughly two thousand years after the Beginning of Time. Facepalm.

    Two, I’ve been shot at. Having a skinny gay guy call you a few names doesn’t even remotely compare, you whiny little brat.

    OTOH, Mr. Burton is a better man than I because I can’t even consider watching the whole debate. The mere thought triggers me. Shiver.

  • Dana

    “This is more than hurt feelings, this is about real violence. We know that the violence against marginalized groups happens every day in this country,” claimed social work and urban studies major Claire Matway. “That so many people walked out of that [event] feeling in literal physical danger is not alright.”

    Really? Did the University somehow compel these Special Snowflakes® to attend the event? Or did they choose to attend, anticipating being offended and hurt?

  • Daniel Freeman

    They are clearly not being exposed to enough real danger. Their amygdalas are weak. They are both under-responsive to actual physical threats, and over-responsive to mere disagreement.

    They need to be toughened up. I don’t know what would work for the girls, but the boys should all have to do boxing at the beginning of each school year, starting in middle school. That would also reduce fighting for the rest of the year, by forcing them to figure out their hierarchy in a safe and supervised way.

  • @ImaCarNow

    If you don’t believe that whites have been a problem since the beginning of time, you just haven’t done enough laundry. And don’t say that bleach is the answer because that stuff practically eats clothes. Why are people getting so upset about a gay giving laundry advice?

  • Fail Burton

    It’s pretty clear to me these people are insane. It’s just as clear Twitter and Facebook are clearing the decks for the campaign. The problem is they are shutting up the wrong people. The more these insane feminists talk the closer the Dems come to losing. And if Trump wins, don’t be surprised if you do see Senate hearings of gender studies programs based on violations of Title IX and federal hate crime legislation. This is far worse than the Meese Commission’s fears of pornography or talk of vulgar music. This is insanity which is acting to undermine our Constitution. What kind of movement labels itself “We stand with…” pedophiles and now “End Comment Sections”?

  • Fail Burton

    I segregate the coloreds.

  • Jason Lee

    ” …when they make victimhood a coveted status that confers privileges, victims proliferate.”

  • DeadMessenger

    And Milo’s hair is bleached, which just goes to prove that not only is he a scary racist, but he could also be damaging his hair follicles. This is why his laundry advice is so frightening. Or something.

    I can see why those students were so upset. Milo could’ve come off that dais and criticized their choices of sportswear and shoes to their faces, and also some of the hairstyles that were unflattering and just plain awful.

    For the life of me, I don’t understand why in the world that school forced those innocent youngsters into a room with that…that…gay bleach-abusing bully! I mean, look at his face! You can tell he’s a monster! What with his perfect skin, flattering haircut and that to-die-for royal blue suit jacket (which would bleed into the wash, incidentally.)

  • DeadMessenger

    Let me see if I’m 100% clear on this: the president of the Pittsburgh Rainbow Alliance felt frightened by the words of another gay guy at a speech that he voluntarily attended, does that sum it up?

    Also, looking at the crowd, I’m thinking that I would’ve been the only one in the room clapping and shouting out “testify, brother!”, and would have been beaten up after the talk by those frightened, physically endangered youth, thus requiring my own hospitalization rather than trigger warnings.

  • gunga

    Apparently, so do universities nowadays…

  • gunga

    Wait…@nero is gay?

    Also, #COYS!!!! (which Milo will totally understand if he stops by)

  • Finrod Felagund

    Just in time for National Grammar Day, it’s “Weird Al” Yankovic with Word Crimes:

    And I thought that you’d gotten it through your skull
    What’s figurative and what’s literal
    Oh but, just now, you said
    You literally couldn’t get out of bed
    That really makes me want to literally
    Smack a crowbar upside your stupid head

  • Finrod Felagund

    This is what happens when kids don’t play dodgeball in elementary school.

  • DeadMessenger

    I remember those days. Kids could cause physical disfiguration to other kids with one of those dodgeballs. Taught you to be fast though. And to pay attention to what’s going on around you.

  • DeadMessenger

    “… @nero is gay?”

    Never mind that. He’s just a totally scary individual. Apparently.

  • TheOtherAndrewB

    Gosh, I sure am glad that I never faced trauma like these precious darlings! I remember, back in the Dark Ages of 1979, when my high school mandated that we all attend a harangue by some unhinged feminist. I was so traumatized that I had no alternative but to leave school early and grab a slice of pizza. I don’t know how I survived.

  • Finrod Felagund


  • Quartermaster

    That’s nothing. I got a ‘B’ in Calculus one time. I’ve suffered PTSD ever since.

  • Quartermaster

    Dodgeball? C’mon. We played battleball in Germany and with real leather volleyballs.

  • Craig Loehle

    As a kid I was a pretty big scaredy cat. Did 3 years wresting in high school, started hiking and canoing, got in some fights. Problem solved. Just playing video games and doing Facebook gets you all up in your head and not real.

  • DeadMessenger

    I also come from a place where kids buried rocks in mudballs and threw those at each other. Yep…those were the days when kids learned to shake it off.

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  • 20thCenturyVole

    Nasreen Harun, huh? man, who let the dogs out?

  • Dana

    That’s why he has it dry cleaned!

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  • Gringao

    These poor, tender apple blossoms.

  • @ImaCarNow

    I literally heard a rimshot when I read that…and then I literally felt my life threatened by the drummer who did it… Funny thing, Milo murdered him before he could get to me! YAY Milo!

  • @ImaCarNow

    My friend’s mate is literally getting so tired of all the clicks…

  • Chris

    Here’s the latest from Pitt . . . if you can bear it . . . from the Pitt Student Diversity Council . . . in the snowflakes’ own words:

    Statement in response to Milo Yiannopoulos’ Speech on 2/29/16 by the Pitt Student Diversity Council:
    The foundation of the Student Diversity Council, a coalition of more than twenty campus organizations, is to provide a safe space for all voices to be heard. Especially historically underrepresented groups who never were given the opportunity to speak. We aim to promote understanding and openness, which free speech is inherently a part of and essential to, especially when it pertains to creating an inclusive environment. This means we foster respectful, intellectual and thought provoking conversations from all different points of views. In fact, we encourage it in order to understand the society we live in better.
    However, the Diversity Council does NOT stand for hate speech on campus.
    As Pitt students, we all gave the Pitt promise, which includes:
    “[Supporting] a culture of diversity by respecting the rights of those who differ from myself; [and contributing] to the development of a caring community where compassion for others and freedom of thought and expression are valued”
    The Milo event held by a student organization on campus, while was advertised as an examination of free speech in our society today, was found to primarily be an opportunity taken to promote hate speech and incite anger. Having a speaker who challenged ideas in a respectful manner could easily have been achieved and accepted. However, the event instead degraded minority groups and their social movements, verbally harassed said groups, created a triggering environment for sexual assault and domestic violence survivors, as well as created a charged environment against the “other” group in attendance and on campus.
    While Milo is free to express his sentiments, the main concern came not from him, but from the responses of the audience, who jeered at protesters, and yanked mics from questioners. The memes of students from the Pitt News article were created by Milo supporters, who also wrote threatening comments, all qualifying as online harassment. They acted upon the hate that was being presented by Milo. The dangers of hate speech is that not only are they socially unproductive–they are unsafe, easily leading to violent threats and actions. They only aim to stir illogical anger instead of promoting respectful conversations that create understanding and civility, despite differing opinions.
    The Diversity Council encourages challenging viewpoints and promotes free speech, but condemns events that intentionally disrespect other groups and work against the creation of a compassionate or caring community and culture. We ask for future events approved by the University administration and SGB Allocations, while maintaining their neutral state, be liable to provide safe environment for all students in response. While everyone has a right to free speech, they don’t have a right to preach hate on our University campus. Only through awareness and respect can our students graduate and lead our country with inclusiveness and Pitt values.
    Our Council members stand together in solidarity against hate rhetoric and unsafe environments, in the hopes of making Pitt an inclusive community for all.
    Council Organizations: ASO, USAID, ASA, BAS, CWO, CLASA, COYA, Hillel, HSC, Interfaith Alliance, MSA, PSA, the Melting Pot, Rainbow Alliance, SASA, SJP, NSBE, Panthers for Israel, POMS, SGB, SHPE, GRAC, and Pitt Project Potter
    Below are individual Council organization statements:

    African Students Organization (ASO) takes a stance against all forms of hate speech,
    actions and/or rhetoric that negates the experiences and disregards the psychological,
    physical, emotional or spiritual safety of any student.
    The Asian Students Alliance (ASA) stands in solidarity with the organizations of the
    Diversity Council in condemning the use of hate speech and actions that endanger the
    mental and emotional needs of others. We will work together to protect and maintain safe
    spaces for all students on the University of Pittsburgh’s campus
    The members of the University of Pittsburgh Campus Women’s Organization would like to
    express our shock, anger, and pain at the contents of Monday’s speaker and the events that
    ensued at the Student Government Board public meeting. We hope to provide a healing
    space for those that have suffered in so many ways because of these events. Our door is
    always open.
    Hillel and the Jewish Student Union strongly condemn the incitement and hate speech
    that was propagated by Monday night’s speaker. While we strongly value free speech, we are
    ashamed and offended by the misconduct, disrespect, and discriminatory attitude that the
    speaker exhibited on our campus. We stand by our classmates and our peers and want to
    offer a safe space to all who need it both within and outside the Jewish community.
    Project Potter believes in the importance of healthy discourse but deplores the use of hate
    and discrimination to achieve this. The health and safety of our fellow Pitt students are of
    utmost importance and we stand with the Diversity Council and its statements. Stay strong,
    use your voice and continue educating your peers for the greater good. Remember: “It takes a
    great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our
    It is the view of the University of Pittsburgh Rainbow Alliance that, while we respect the
    Student Government Association and University administration’s commitment to political
    neutrality, we must hold all parties accountable for systemic failures that precipitated in a
    lack of support for students before, during and following the event. We do not feel that people
    like Yiannopoulos should be prevented from speaking in the future; however, we stress that
    the Student Government Allocations Committee must, upon approving any motion for a
    controversial speaker, ensure that the safety of students who might be affected remains a
    priority at all times. Furthermore, in accordance with the message extolled in University
    student wellness campaigns such as It’s On Us and Talk About It, we would ask University
    administration to publicly affirm distance from any speaker whose message appears to be in
    misalignment with the aforementioned.
    While the South Asian Student Association believes in the freedom of speech, we condemn
    the use of that freedom to incite anger, fear, and hatred towards others. No student should
    ever attend an event where they feel unsafe or have their experiences and identities
    The United Students Against Sweatshops (USAS) were outraged by the College Republicans’
    event on Monday. Milo Younnipoulus preached hate speech under the guise of the free exchange
    of ideas- his words put the mental health and wellbeing of students in jeopardy, as he directly
    targeted marginalized groups and stirred up the prejudices that could lead to violence on campus.
    We left the room that night feeling not only hurt but unsafe. Speakers like this cannot be allowed
    on campus – we have to do better. Though Milo would have us believe that our worth is only
    correlated to the money we earn, we know better than that. We will continue to fight for equality
    for everyone in the Pitt community and we will not settle for anything less.