In further evidence that Milo Yiannopolous was at the very least padding his list of "confirmed" speakers for Free Speech Week with names of people he'd like to see there but whom he may not even have contacted, ex-Googler James Damore says on Twitter that he won't be taking part, and that he was put on the schedule without his knowledge. Also, the university continues to push back, saying the event is welcome to go on outdoors on the steps of Sproull Hall and other spots as now planned, but student group The Berkeley Patriot failed to meet several deadlines and has lost the indoor venues they had wanted and the university will not be subsidizing security costs as they did for last week's Ben Shapiro event, which was a one-time deal.
Damore's name appeared on this schedule Yiannopoulos put out with a press release last Thursday, as part of Monday's lineup, with the theme "Zuck 2020." Since then we've seen that other "headline" speakers Ann Coulter and Steve Bannon, as well as Breitbart's London editor Raheem Kassam, are now missing from the schedule submitted to the university, suggesting that Yiannopoulos likely had not confirmed or even formally invited any of them.
As you'll recall, Damore, an engineer, was recently fired from Google after he published an internal memo that many in the company saw as promoting a sexist view of women in tech, and railing against diversity in general. His firing quickly made him a hero in conservative and alt-right circles.
Damore says, diplomatically, "I may not agree with the event’s provocative style, but I hope that some good comes of it and we all remain receptive of differing views."
Below, Damore's response, posted Tuesday evening:
1/ Regarding Berkeley Free Speech Week: I was put on the list of announced speakers without my knowledge and won’t be speaking at the event.— James Damore (@JamesADamore) September 20, 2017
3/ Different people have different ways of fighting for free speech and I’m not arrogant enough to claim to know the best way of doing so.— James Damore (@JamesADamore) September 20, 2017
4/ I may not agree with the event’s provocative style, but I hope that some good comes of it and we all remain receptive of differing views.— James Damore (@JamesADamore) September 20, 2017
The Daily Californian has a timeline of the deadlines missed by the Berkeley Patriot, which we learned yesterday was a group formed over the summer out of the ashes, as it were, of conservative campus paper The California Patriot, which had been getting a few hundred dollars in university funding the last couple of school years, but which had not printed a physical paper or updated its website in at least several years. The new Berkeley Patriot has a website, but it has only published a handful of articles since August.
Regarding the security costs and the argument over subsidizing them, university spokesperson Dan Mogulof tells the Daily Cal that in the case of the Shapiro event, "Chancellor Carol Christ wanted to challenge the 'false narrative' that UC Berkeley would not allow conservative or libertarian speakers on campus," so she authorized the one-time subsidy.
He adds in a statement to the Daily Cal, "We continue to hope that the student organization will meet its obligations and provide the campus and UCPD with the information needed to complete security arrangements. The University cannot defend spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to provide security arrangements for events based on a schedule built on a long list of unconfirmed speakers and/or a press release issued by an external commercial enterprise."
Meanwhile, the New York Times has launched this online survey for UC Berkeley students and faculty (it sounds like they'll be following up by email or phone to confirm that the response is from a real student or professor), asking them whether "any type of speech" should be allowed on campus, and whether they fear for their safety, among some other questions.
Should we be taking bets on whether and when Milo is going to cancel all this in a huff and go on Fox News to talk about how the university effectively canceled it and liberals are evil?