Political Groups on Campus Review Decision to Host Gavin McInnes

Arushi Sahay
The presence of Gavin McInnes, alt-right co-founder of VICE, incited a riot on campus last Thursday that resulted in 11 arrests. Various political groups on campus reacted to the protest in different ways.

Shortly after this article was published, controversy ensued as Gavin McInnes threatened to sue Washington Square News over a line that called him a “public figure who is known for his controversial political opinions on women’s rights, the Holocaust and Nazis.” The original article only hyperlinked women’s rights with evidence to support the claims, but both the news editor and reporter had evidence to support all three claims — these resources are now hyperlinked. The link for Holocaust demonstrates his blatant disregard to the significance of the time’s bloodshed and suffering, where he demonstrates the Sieg Hiel salute on episode 250 of his show, and the link for Nazis leads to an article penned by McInnes himself that rallies for Nazis in America to join forces. – Diamond Naga Siu, Editor-in-Chief

After a protest that ended in 11 arrests, political groups on campus reflected on whether the NYU College Republicans had made a mistake in hosting alt-right writer Gavin McInnes at the university last Thursday.

McInnes’ speech, which was supposed to be an hour long, was cut short after 20 minutes. The crowd almost immediately began to protest against the VICE co-founder and public figure who is known for his controversial political opinions on women’s rights, the Holocaust and Nazis.

Tisch senior and NYUCR Treasurer Jack Kapulsky helped organize the event. He said that liberal students had disrespected McInnes and did not give him the attention he deserved.   

“What kind of a reaction can you have to a speech when said speech is being completely drowned out and cut short by a horde of wailing children?” Kapulsky said. “If these disruptors were rational beings, they would participate in the dialogue and ask a question. But when Gavin offered one of them the microphone, that person ignored the opportunity and kept on screeching.”

Kapulsky said that even though protesters sought to drown out McInnes, their actions actually generated interest in NYUCR.

“Thankfully, their stupidity and incivility continues to be the laughing stock of the sane community, and their shenanigans just move more and more people to the right,” Kapulsky said. “Interest in our club is now at an all-time high.”

Many of the protesters identified as members of NYU Anti-Fascists. CAS senior and NYU College Democrats President Michael DeLuca said that the purpose of the protest was to express the outrage that students had toward the university for allowing McInnes to speak.  

“The protests were intended to shine a light on McInnes’ character,” DeLuca said. “I have no reservations saying he is a sexist and nationalist bigot. The protests were meant to reveal that it was a misguided stunt by the College Republicans in hosting him. In doing so, they provided a platform and an audience for hate speech.”

DeLuca said that in general, protests at NYU remain peaceful, and that this particular event was not an accurate portrayal of the political climate at NYU. He also said that NYUCR should have invited a less polarizing speaker.

“The Muslim Students Association rally just a few nights earlier was a much better representation of the climate at NYU,” DeLuca said. “McInnes is a speaker that is deliberately inciting and provocative. The College Republicans should have known better than to invite such a disgusting guest.”

Members of other political parties had more neutral views on McInnes’ presence at NYU. CAS junior and NYU Libertarians Chairman Weston Richey emphasized that though all views are valid, it is also important to note the impact of potentially hateful words.

“College Libertarians, as a club, broadly hold many nonstandard political views that many at NYU may and do disagree with,” Richey said. “However, I as a gay person also know the power of words, and their ability to hurt, silence and alienate.”

Though he supports peaceful protests, Richey said he thinks it is important that in the future these protests do not become violent.

“Our political climate on campus is tense and highly charged, but it cannot be violent,” Richey said. “If it is, or if it becomes that way, then that constitutes a great failure on our part to hang onto our kindness and our decency. Not just as NYU students, but as people.”

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19 COMMENTS

  1. definitions.uslegal.com/i/incite-a-riot/

    “Incited a riot??” So now, when paid organizers organize a riot against a free-speech evangelist, it’s the free-speech guy who’s responsible? How did that happen?

  2. Freedom of speech its right there in the constitution,it’s like reading a cover page. You don’t even have to thumb threw it to find it.

  3. Known for my political position on the holocaust?! This is libel. The only thing I’ve ever said about the holocaust was that it’s insane to deny it. Update this lie or I will sue both this newspaper and you personally, Arushi.

  4. Oooh look another libelous article.

    The Supply of Nazis doesn’t meet the demand means that the left is always looking for Nazis to beat up but actual nazis are rarer than Sasquatches.

    It is saying that you desperately are looking for the boogey man but there is no more boogeyman.

    Second of all, where are you getting this stuff about the holocaust? Gavin has never spoken about it to my knowledge, you can’t just randomly accuse someone of being a holocaust questioner out of the blue.

    Why is the question whether the Republicans made a mistake inviting him instead of whether the Anti Fascists made a mistake by attacking innocent people?

  5. The fact that such a poorly sourced and researched article is considered journalism by anyone is telling. This is a libelous hack job written by someone who can’t be bothered to research anything. Prithee tell us what are his controversial opinions on Nazis and the holocaust. That Nazis are bad? That the holocaust happened and was terrible and evil? So if you consider those to be controversial are you insinuating you believe Nazis are good and the holocaust never happened?

  6. “who is known for his controversial political opinions on women’s rights”
    True.
    ” the Holocaust and Nazis.”
    What? Fuck off. How desperate are you?

  7. This is a libelous article about Gavin. Is this ignorance or malice. He is obviously saying that the demand id high for nazis cause the left keeps accusing people who aren’t nazis of being nazis.

  8. Another hit piece displaying ignorance. Anyone that has followed Gavin for any period of time knows he hasn’t advocated against the Holocaust or for Nazis. I’m so glad the National light is shining on the ridiculous behavior of the regressive left.

  9. College Republicans should invite him back ASAP. Milo should be invited as well. In fact, they should have both on a MONTHLY basis.

  10. I hope Gavin McInnes is offered the opportunity to sue the hell out of this rag .

    I also hope he personally sues the idiot who wrote this story.

    Please make it happen, NYU News liberals. You could use a little publicity, right? Please let Gavin sue you. It’ll be fun, come on…

  11. Talk about deplorable! How can this university possibly defend the right to free speech when their definition is, “we can say whatever we want to if we are part of the herbal tea party but if you have a different view we’ll throw you off of campus.” Your school pulls students in from around the country and the globe — not everyone is an alt/left Democrat and, if you don’t expose college students to a variety of voices and opinions, then you’ve done your job as a 2017 university of turning out automaton radicals. Congratulate yourselves. I wouldn’t send my child to NYU for 70 cents a year.

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  13. Hello NYU, I want to share a project I’m doing for Sustainable Development and USA Energy independence. I have a 35passenger prototype I want to show NYU students. You can see it Google “GTran on youtube” in the search, space is the fastest way 7 minuets 14 seconds. The 35 passenger is painted red white and blue, was 14 passenger now has been stretched out to 35 passenger. I know your students will love it. Please look at the vedio and call me 607 210 4099 TYSam

  14. Hannah Banana, your child (supposing that you have one) has a parent who spews libelous claims against students working for social justice, and does not even bother to present any evidence. Given the detrimental effect you must have had on the cognitive development of the poor child, it would be quite unlikely for them to get into NYU or complete their education. So please continue homeschooling.

  15. Oh they can get into NYU – I wouldn’t want them there to be poisoned by your idea of social justice. It’s justice for the groups you support. I bet you’d burn an Israeli flag and feel good about it. Typical millennial comeback – someone says something you don’t have the brains to refute, so you start by insulting the person, his or her family, his or her sanity. Go away. Oh no – that’s right — you should have a voice. But the students who happen to be Republican should be vilified. It’s a good thing Americans can travel to Cuba now – it would be a perfect place for you. Oh – btw – when Fidel died, he had almost a billion dollars in the bank. Am guessing how much you admire this “socialist.” Write back after you finish your education because you are no match for me right now.

  16. Mary Feegel (or Hannah Banana),

    I never said anything about your sanity. But your argumentation, your obsessive attitude, and the 222 comments you posted under your Disqus profile do suggest that you might actually need help: https://disqus.com/by/mary_feegel/

    Please don’t take this as an insult. But if you actually have a child, think about them and seek the help of a professional. If you don’t have health insurance, there are organizations that provide sliding scale services. If nothing, just use 7 Cups: https://www.7cups.com/

    You will at least have someone listening to you. It is a much better use of your time than trying to troll people on higher education websites.

    Peace!

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