Conservative Speaker’s Appearance Ignites Protests at NYU


By Ray Villeda, NBC New York:

Chaos erupted at NYU when controversial personality Gavin McInnes arrived to speak Thursday evening, with angry protesters coming to blows, students getting arrested, and McInnes himself getting hit with pepper-spray.

McInnes, a conservative actor, comedian and co-founder of Vice Media, was invited to speak at the Kimmel Center on campus by the NYU College Republican group, according to the student blog NYU Local.

His appearance sparked a protest by other students, including the NYU Anti-Fascists, who said McInnes “has a long track record of using incendiary language to attract media attention and frenzy.” They referred to past articles he’s written and podcasts he’s hosted in which he used derogatory words to describe transgender women and to the actress Jada Pinkett Smith.

Protesters began gathering and chanting outside the building before McInnes arrived, and when he showed up, they began cursing and shoving, video posted to social media shows.

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