Milo Yiannopoulos to make two stops in Arizona on upcoming tour
PHOENIX — Milo Yiannopoulos, a former Breitbart editor and self-described troll, will make two Arizona stops on his upcoming tour called “Troll Academy.”
Yiannopoulos will be speaking at a “secret location” in Scottsdale on Oct. 27 and at the Free Speech AZ Symposium at Rawhide Wild Horse Pass in Chandler on Oct. 28, where he is listed as one of the “distinguished speakers.”
Ticket prices for the Scottsdale event are unclear because the link is the same for the next day’s event, but fans of the right-wing provocateur can pay nearly $200 — on top of the ticket price — for a “platinum upgrade,” which includes a private hangout and photo opportunity with Yiannopoulos.
The cost to attend the Free Speech AZ Symposium is much less costly, at $30 for a general admission ticket. The ticket also includes admission to a concert featuring Joy Villa and Madison Rising.
In a video, Yiannopoulos said the new tour “takes everything you loved about the ‘Dangerous [expletive] tour and jacks it up to 11.”
The “Troll Academy” tour will be Yiannopoulos’s first since his “Dangerous [expletive]” campus tour, when Yiannopoulos traveled to various college campuses in the U.S. and Great Britain throughout 2015 and 2016. It was called “as offensive as you’d imagine” by The Guardian.
During the tour, several high-profile protests broke out, including one on the famously liberal University of California, Berkeley campus.
The former Breitbart editor’s first run-in on the campus happened in February, when more than 1,500 students and faculty members turned out to protest a speech that Yiannopoulos was scheduled to make.
The protests shortly turned violent, with several activists setting fires, damaging property, throwing fireworks and attacking other members of the crowd. Yiannopoulos’s speech was canceled 20 minutes into the event, but the protests continued for hours. One person was arrested and an estimated $100,000 worth of damage was caused.
In September, Yiannopoulos held a weeklong conservative free speech showcase called “free speech week” on the Berkeley campus. In response, the UC Berkeley students turned up to the speech in an attempt to condemn him.
Due to angry shouts from small groups of competing protesters, Yiannopoulos’s appearance lasted less than half an hour, with only a few dozen supporters turning out. Several people were arrested in the coming days in connection with the protest, but there was no damage reported.
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