Conservative comedian changes mind, will make scaled-down appearance at UI

Conservative comedian changes mind, will make scaled-down appearance at UI

URBANA — Controversial comedian Steven Crowder says he will make a scaled-down appearance at the University of Illinois today after all, taking a cue from his own web broadcast, "Change My Mind."

Crowder, a conservative comedian and political commentator, had abruptly canceled his "Louder With Crowder" show at Lincoln Hall Theater on Tuesday after his last-minute demands for a fog machine, extra audiovisual equipment, police security and hours of setup time couldn't be met, according to UI student sponsors.

The sponsoring group, the Illini Republicans, learned of Crowder's cancellation Tuesday on Twitter, when he posted a tweet that appeared to blame the university. The students defended the UI and said the group simply couldn't accommodate his demands on such short notice, including seven hours of setup time at a heavily used lecture hall.

They also said the comedian's team rejected alternative arrangements for other dates or locations suggested by the group.

After getting pushback on social media about the cancellation, Crowder announced in a video Wednesday morning that he would instead do a live broadcast of his "Change My Mind" feature from the UI. In those YouTube broadcasts, Crowder sits at a table on a college campus with a provocative sign, such as "Male privilege is a myth," then invites passers-by to change his mind.

The image has become a popular internet meme, with substitute messages — including one Wednesday that said it's OK to cancel 72 hours before an event.

Crowder, who describes himself as a "right-wing rabble rouser," recently used his Twitter account to attack Parkland, Fla., students who led the "March for Our Lives" against gun violence, circulating a false story claiming one of the students had bullied the shooter.

In his video Wednesday, Crowder cited security concerns and setup problems for canceling his original show, which he said requires a "full day and 15 people to perform, not including security." He blamed UI police for not providing extra officers for the event, though he didn't say why he felt so much security was required.

"Unfortunately, there's been some miscommunication all around," he said in the video. "I wish the miscommunications could have been corrected behind the scenes, but here we are."

UI spokeswoman Robin Kaler took issue with the comedian's account, saying police had no reason to believe the event would be disruptive based on Crowder's appearances at other campuses. The UI's plan all along was to have normal patrols and monitor social media for any safety concerns, according to Kaler and the Illini Republicans.

At Crowder's request, the UI will now provide an officer at the event, which he agreed to pay for, Kaler said.

UI sophomore Jack Johnson, president of Illini Republicans, said the group once again found out about Crowder's change of plans through social media Wednesday.

"We are still going to be hosting it. However, we aren't going to be paying him anything," he said.

Before the cancellation, Crowder was going to be paid $15,000 for his show at Lincoln Hall, which was co-sponsored by a national conservative group.

Johnson said some fans were traveling from out of town to see Crowder's event, so he's glad they'll have an option.

He said it will be outside on the Quad, but may be moved inside if it rains to a smaller Lincoln Hall room that the group reserves for its monthly meetings.

Through his public-relations firm, Crowder did not respond to interview requests Wednesday.

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MarkDibley wrote on March 29, 2018 at 8:03 am

At a rally in Fort Lauderdale on February 17, Parkland student activist Emma Gonzalez stated:

"So many signs that the Florida shooter was mentally disturbed, even expelled for bad and erratic behavior. Neighbors and classmates knew he was a big problem. Must always report such instances to authorities again and again. We did, time and time again. Since he was in middle school, it was no surprise to anyone who knew him to hear that he was the shooter. Those talking about how we should have not ostracized him, you didn’t know this kid."

I guess you are right--the story from Crowder's website did claim the girl admitted to bullying the shooter. She did not admit to bullying--she admitted to ostracizing the shooter. From Psychology Today on September 4, 2013:

"So just how bad is shunning and ostracism? Williams has found that people who are ostracized suffer deeply, including the obvious loss of self-esteem and depression, but also including physiological symptoms such as ulcers, suppression of the immune system, anxiety, psychosis (in prolonged isolation, such as prisoners kept in solitary confinement), and a loss of feeling valued or having any meaningful existence. But perhaps more troubling is the rage that is associated with being ostracized."

The shooter is fully responsible for his actions, but those doing the ostracizing bear zero responsibility--because they are the darlings of the left, and the left allows you to shed all personal responsibility if you will just wrap yourself in their blanket of victimhood.