Martin Shkreli and Milo Yiannopoulos spent 2016 becoming cartoon villains—Yiannopoulos by leading a racist troll army on Twitter and Shkreli by jacking up the price on HIV medication—so it makes sense that the two are touring together on Yiannopoulos’ Dangerous Faggot speaking tour. The two were set to speak at the University of California Davis on Friday night, but protestors prevented it from happening. Yiannopoulos didn’t show up, but Shkreli did, and during the protests, one of the protestors hit Shkreli in the face with poop while yelling, “You piece of shit!” Oh, literal puns.
Here’s video of it:
— Frances Wang (@ABC10Frances) January 14, 2017
Right-wingers will undoubtedly use this incident as an illustration of how left-wing protestors shut down free speech, and they’re right. The response to hate speech isn’t censorship, it’s more speech, and flinging poop isn’t speech, it’s assault. Then again, we’ve been dealing with Shkreli’s shit for about a year now; perhaps the protestor felt it was time Shkreli dealt with some of theirs.
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