Milo Yiannopoulos' nomination to be Glasgow University's rector has been met with anger and a petition
Controversial right-wing commentator Milo Yiannopoulos has secured a nomination to be the University of Glasgow’s next rector.
The role involves representing students for three years and “influencing every aspect of university policy, including teaching quality, student finance, campus development and much more,” according to the university website.
Rectors are nominated by students who put forward a name and get the backing of 10 students. But it seems many within the student community aren’t happy with those 10 people one bit.
A petition was launched on behalf of students calling for the candidacies of Yiannopoulos and Professor Jordan Peterson – who is known for his critical views on genderless pronouns – to be revoked.
At the time of publishing, the petition had 3,000 signatures.
Yiannopoulos, 32, is a prominent internet provocateur, noted for his often inflammatory comments about, among other things, Islam and feminism.
Famously booted off Twitter for his role in the online abuse of Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones, Yiannopoulos recently caused controversy when an old video of him emerged and was interpreted by some as condoning ‘consensual’ sex between boys and older men.
He resigned as an editor at US right-wing publication Breitbart, was dropped from speaking at a big conservative event and lost his book publishing deal – but he’s clearly feeling not-so-quietly confident about this new opportunity.
Someone has pointed out how this is similar to a cycle of events we’ve seen before.
University of Glasgow students will vote for the new rector, to replace CIA whistleblower Edward Snowden, between 9am on March 20 and 4pm on March 21.