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DePaul University Bans Crowder from Speaking. Now He's Threatening to Visit.
For confusion avoidance, Courtney is writing this article, not Steven Crowder. I make that distinction so you're aware Steven isn't writing about himself in the third person. Courtney is. It's already driving her nutty.
DePaul University told Young American's Foundation to talk to their prissy hand: Steven Crowder is verboten, not allowed to speak at their stuffy campus.
Here's what DePaul had to say:
“The Speaker Review Board denied this speaker request due to their research on Mr. Crowder and came to the conclusion that he creates videos to purposely to rouse and provoke people by making fun of the opposing side,” she wrote. “They didn’t see how this aligns with DePaul’s educational mission.”
Okay. As someone who's fairly informed about the ongoings of Steven Crowder, especially his speaking destinations, I can say we didn't even know Steven was being considered by YAF at DePaul. But how flattering that, based on nothing but a student group's desire to see Crowder live and in color, DePaul's illustrious staff could run a quick Google search. Without bothering to actually click on any of the results.
College research wins again.
Naturally, our dear leader issued a response:
I had no idea I was even being considered as a speaker on campus. Thanks, guys (and girls, and zis). But now that I know they've banned me, it seems that one way or another, I HAVE to visit DePaul, right? I mean, what choice do I have?
As far as my "videos", listen, I'm a late-night comic. I host a late-night show. We do PLENTY of bits that will offend people of all different stripes. I make no apologies. That's not our primary intent, however. On the flip-side, you can go watch several HOURS of my "Change My Mind" segments on YouTube, in which I engage strangers and/or students in civil disagreements, unedited, sometimes for hours at a time. Nobody else in the history of news commentary has done that. I will respectfully engage with ANYONE willing to have a productive, reasonable dialogue. If the faculty and students of DePaul are too weak-minded to do the same, then I feel sorry for them and hope to see full refunds issued to parents who were under the false impression they were paying for a proper education.
DePaul essentially said "We don't like Crowder because he makes fun of people. So he's not allowed in our sandbox!" Sure, Steven enjoys a good joke as much as the next ugly cross-dressing tranny. But underneath the Jihadi Bond turban is someone who wants to change hearts and minds with meaningful dialogue. Which used to be encouraged in places of learning, higher or otherwise. The moral high horse DePaul mounted without consent will one day buck them off. It's coming sooner than they thought.
Because one way or another, Steven will get to DePaul. Either as Stephanie Crowder, Bob Ross, Jean-Guy Tremblay, or a character which has yet to be conceived. All DePaul has done is make the challenge even more enticing. The best way for a speaker to be heard is to ban him from speaking.
So get ready, DePaul. You're about to meet a strange animal.