Right-wing professional provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos took the stage nearly an hour early at the 496-seat Spanos Theatre at Cal Poly on Tuesday, launching into his “No More Dead Babies” talk in front of a full house.
Yiannopoulos, a gay, British conservative pundit and Breitbart News editor, came to Cal Poly as part of his “Dangerous Faggot” tour of college campuses.
He started his talk with a quick plug for his much-discussed “Yiannopoulos Privilege Grant” that is available exclusively to white males to encourage them to pursue higher education.
The grant website went live during his talk, and he encouraged all in the audience who fit the description to apply.
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Yiannopoulos also lauded Cal Poly’s majority male population — 53 percent — and its past as a male-only college.
“It’s a veritable sausage fest,” he said. “Possibly because you study real subjects (like engineering and math).”
This was met with a thunderous round of applause throughout the packed theater.
Yiannopoulos faced a friendly audience, with no hecklers or protesters. A number of people in the audience sported “make America great again” hats from the Donald Trump campaign and one man wore a large American flag draped around his shoulders.
The main subject of Yiannopoulos’ talk was abortion. Pictures of aborted fetuses accompanied much of this portion of the talk.
Among his assertions was that the pro-choice movement has been pushed by third-wave feminists who “don’t like science — they prefer feelings.”
“How can feminists be pro women and not pro motherhood?” he asked. “There is nothing more unique about being a woman ... than the gift of motherhood.”
He wrapped up his speech with a call to action among the audience members, urging them to continue to push back against “the social justice warriors” and liberal left.
“This is a moment in culture where you can stand up and say enough, no more,” he said. “Because you have demonstrated in voting for someone like Donald Trump, who many would not have thought was a plausible candidate for president, even three months ago. ... You are uniquely situated now in a presidency that is making the left’s heads explode.”
At the end of the speech, Yiannopoulos took questions from the audience.
Notably among the attendees was a man who said he and friends had driven four hours to be at the talk, after a previous speech was canceled in Los Angeles.
Another man asked about job discrimination among minorities, but then said something out of earshot of the microphone that was greeted with gasps from the surrounding audience. In response, the man was told by Yiannopoulos that he was “about to give you a serious answer, but you can go f--- yourself.”