Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes is set to attend a comedy-related event later this month at Pennsylvania State University.
The Oct. 24 event, which will also feature far-right media figure Alex Stein, is being hosted by registered college organization Uncensored America, CNN and Huffington Post reported.
“Join us for a politically provocative comedy night with professional troll Alex Stein and hipster godfather Gavin McInnes,” the organization’s website said.
The students plan to protest the event, saying in a public petition to university administrators that “paying and platforming Gavin McInnes while allowing him to build networks and political prestige goes against everything that we stand for Penn Staters, including the core values of our university”.
On Tuesday, school officials released a statement saying the university “does not support or condone the vitriolic and hateful language targeting particular groups that has been used by these speakers in the past.”
But they added that they would allow the event to take place as planned, citing the First Amendment to the US Constitution “to protect various rights of expression”.
“While the type of rhetoric these speakers routinely engage in does not represent Penn State values, our student organizations operate independently of the University and are free to sponsor programs or speakers of their choosing without censorship,” they wrote. officials said in a statement.
The university is encouraging students to attend two other events taking place on the same day at the school, one that will celebrate their diverse community and the other that aims to educate about misinformation.
This isn’t the first time the organization has planned for a controversial character to come to school.
Last November, Uncensored America invited political commentator Milo Yiannopoulos to an event.
Penn state officials issued a statement denouncing Yiannopoulos’ visit but said they would not cancel the event, citing the First Amendment to the US Constitution, the university’s student newspaper reported. .