In advance of Milo Yiannopoulos’s return to the Cal Poly campus on Thursday, the controversial political commentator made fun of the recent fraternity blackface incident that sparked large protests.
Recently, following an incident in which a fraternity member was photographed in blackface, there have been large protests on the Cal Poly campus over alleged racism. On Wednesday, Yiannopoulos turned to Facebook to make fun of the blackface incident.
“In honor of Cal Poly’s HORRIFIC recent blackface incident I am getting the darkest spray tan possible before my talk tomorrow — it will make my new white linen suit really POP!”
A little more than a year after delivering a speech at Cal Poly, Yiannopoulos is returning to the university to participate in a panel discussion on fake news hosted by the College Republicans. The event follows an aborted fake news panel that was due to take place in February but was canceled after uproar over the alleged racism of one of the scheduled participants.
Large protests against Yiannopoulos are expected to occur on Thursday. A sizable police presence is also expected.
In Jan. 2017, when Yiannopoulos last appeared at Cal Poly, protest groups tried to shut down the event, but the university administration did not cave to the pressure. The event proceeded under a heavy police presence, on which Cal Poly, the CSU system and SLOPD spent a combined total of more than $64,000.
Despite recent outrage over alleged racism on campus, Cal Poly is again allowing the Yiannopoulos event to take place, citing free speech. However, the university is simultaneously holding a concert in Poly Canyon Village Thursday evening as an alternative event.