The editor of LSU's student newspaper The Daily Reveille called on administrators to denounce statements made by alt-right provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos.
But LSU administrators reached for comment by The Advocate opted not to disavow the comments.
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Yiannopoulos, an editor at right-wing news website Breitbart News, spoke at the LSU Union Theatre on Wednesday night drawing a crowd of more than 900 people. He was on a free-speech tour that is intended to be purposely shocking and offensive as a statement about politically correctness driven by liberals.
On Thursday, while on his self proclaimed "Dangerous F***ot Tour," Yiannopoulos spoke at LSU about the value of "fat shaming" people. He spent more than an hour encouraging the audience to feel free to harass people who are over weight, and criticized liberals for spreading a message that obesity should be socially acceptable.
He also took aim at LGBT people and made jokes about the Black Lives Matter movement.
In an editorial, the Reveille's editor Quint Forgey said while LSU should honor free speech, it isn't prevented from disavowing the harmful message from both Yiannopoulos and a member of the faculty who introduced the speaker.
"The University should publicly denounce Yiannopoulos’ performance, as well as the words of political science professor Benjamin Acosta, whose introduction called upon the audience to 'resist all the f*cktard liberals,'" Forgey wrote.
"Yiannopoulos and Acosta had every right to say what they said, just like I have every right to rebuke them. The administrators of Louisiana’s flagship university have not only a right, but a responsibility to rebuke them as well," he said.
Reached for comment, Ernie Ballard, an LSU spokesman, only repeated a previous statement that "providing a venue for the students to hold their event is not an endorsement by the university."
But officials said they would have no further comment on the matter.