Milo Yiannopoulos banned from speaking at Manchester University Watch
How do you feel about this?
No platforming is common on American campuses and it appears to be the road that the closed minds of an increasing number SU's here are heading down too.
Making feminism look like a movement that doesn't tolerate criticism only appears to prove his point, valid or not. No one who would have disagreed with him would have been swayed by his words, and everyone who does agree with him will cite this incident to justify themselves. I think their refusal to let him speak was more damaging to the movement than his words could have been. He'll find another platform for his views, and his supporters won't forget the attempt to silence him.
I don't agree with his views, but I still think he has the right to express them. And everyone else has the right to boo at him and express disapproval. Allowing someone to speak but then tearing their message apart and mocking it later on is far more effective at discrediting their views than suppression. If you suppress someone's views, you suggest that they might have some truth that you don't want revealed, or that you have something to hide, etc.
I mean, heaven forbid somebody who disagrees with you gets to speak at a university (supposedly a place for debate and freedom of thought). 'Quick, get those grown adult students some blankets and hot cocoa - he doesn't believe in rape culture! He thinks free speech is under threat! Ban Him!' Students should be challenged and encouraged to explore other, even controversial ideas, not coddled and kept in an 'ideologically safe' echo chamber.
It's pathetic. Student unions all over the world are becoming an affront to liberty and fundamental higher academic principles.