Martin Shkreli Pelted with Feces at Canceled Milo Yiannapoulos Event (Updated)

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By Ian Miles Cheong | 4:34 pm, January 15, 2017

Update: Martin Shkreli clarified what the ‘poop’ was on a Facebook post.

Milo Yiannopoulos’ event at UC Davis this weekend with pharma bro Martin Shkreli didn’t go as planned. It was canceled amid a storm of protest and fears that Milo’s appearance would cause violence to escalate on campus. UC Davis’ College Republicans, who sponsored the program, were contacted by the University’s police department and student affairs officials who advised them to nix the controversial event.

So while Milo, the alt-right provocateur, was nowhere to be seen, his wingman Shkreli still showed up outside the building where the event was supposed to take place and approached some protesters. He was pelted with feces in short order. Frances Wang of Sacramento’s ABC 10 captured footage of the fecal attack.

The above video shows the exact moment Shkreli — who first achieved notoriety when he bought the rights to a lifesaving HIV drug and jacked up the price astronomically — was pelted in the face with feces (probably dogs’ droppings, not human excrement), with a protester calling him a “piece of sh*t.”

Protesters heckled any Milo’s supporters who were there and other prospective attendees with chants calling them “bigots,” “fascists,” and “racists.”  Per an ABC 10 report, most of the protesters were not in fact UC Davis students. The protests began peacefully, but quickly escalated into violence as protesters jumped the barricades set up by campus police. The news station confirmed that one anti-Milo protester threw hot coffee at its camera crew and their equipment.

“To me, you know, this is very disappointing from a school that is supposed to be an academically [strong] school,” said Shkreli. “When I speak at Princeton, I don’t expect this reaction.”

Speaking to the press, Shkreli said he had planned to debate Yiannopoulos on his anti-feminist views, and bragged about having read feminist authors whose views he aligned with. He was recently temporarily banned from Twitter for harassing Teen Vogue editor Lauren Duca.

“I was going to tear Milo to shreds,” said Shkreli. “He doesn’t understand feminism. I wouldn’t say I’m a feminist scholar but I’ve read Stein, Woolf, Wollstonecraft, et cetera. He’s unprepared to confront the reality that women are underrepresented in governments, pay gaps and things like that.”

In a statement, University officials stated that “it was no longer feasible to continue with the event safely.”

“I am deeply disappointed with the events of this evening,” said Interim Chancellor Ralph J. Hexter. “Our community is founded on principles of respect for all views, even those that we personally find repellent. As I have stated repeatedly, a University is at its best when it listens to and critically engages opposing views, especially ones that many of us find upsetting or even offensive.”

This isn’t the first time that a Milo Yiannopoulos speech has been canceled, but it’s likely one of his most violent at any of his events to date.

As for Shkreli, he is currently under federal indictment for securities fraud and awaiting trial.

Update: In a post on Facebook, Martin Shkreli says the ‘poop’ identified by ABC10 was actually leaves.

Ian Miles Cheong is a journalist and outspoken media critic. You can reach him through social media at @stillgray on Twitter and on Facebook.

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