Politics | September 22, 2017 2:07 pm

Why Is Milo Yiannopoulos Acting Like ‘Free Speech Week’ is Still Happening?

The professional provocateur’s far right Berkeley line-up is reportedly plagued by organizational failures.

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Milo Yiannopoulos speaks during a press conference, February 21, 2017 in New York City. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
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Rather than fanning the flames — as he’s used to — professional provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos hasn’t publicly addressed that Fyre Festival-level failures are burning his upcoming “Free Speech Week” at UC Berkeley to the ground.

Mediaite reports that Yiannopoulos’ far right line-up, which initially included speakers like Steve Bannon, Ann Coulter and Mike Cernovich, won’t kick off as planned on Sunday, in part because event organizers, including Yiannopoulos, failed to return the appropriate paperwork on time.

Mediaite also reports that many of the speakers, including Heather Mac Donald and Erik Prince, were surprised to find their names on the line-up at all. Others, like Lucian Wintrich, have withdrawn their names from the schedule due to “impracticality” and “uncertainty surround the event on both sides.”

“Organizers and the school itself turned this into a shitshow,” Wintrich wrote on Twitter.

Many are speculating that Yiannopoulos laid the groundwork for cancelling the week in a statement he released Monday, pinning the blame on UC Berkeley, but hasn’t come forth to fully acknowledge its cancellation. That, some say, he’s saving for a “theatrical” press conference on Saturday.