2019-04-10 ne-yiannopoulos milo

Yiannopoulos

Political commentator Milo Yiannopoulos put his pending visit to Tulsa Community College in doubt with an Instagram post Wednesday morning that alleged he had not received payment and wouldn’t appear.

“I regret to announce that my sponsor for the Oklahoma events has failed to produce the funds needed for the events, and left me in debt to designers, lawyers and admin staff,” Yiannopoulos said in the post. “I couldn’t get a response out of him for days after three missed payment deadlines and today he confirmed he’s dropping out entirely! Ho hum.

“Sorry to the hundreds of fans who have been writing excitedly over the past few weeks. Doesn’t look like these speeches will happen now.”

On April 10, TCC confirmed it had received a facilities rental request from Transparency for Oklahomans for an event featuring Milo Yiannopoulos at Southeast Campus’ Performing Arts Center for Education but that a date had not been set.

Chris Barnett, 2018 candidate for governor and manager of the group Transparency for Oklahomans, which sought to bring Yiannopoulos to campus, said in an email to the Tulsa World that the event was meant as an attempt to bring attention to an ongoing dispute between himself, TCC and the University of Tulsa.

“TFO will not be bringing Milo back to Tulsa,” Barnett said in a statement. “We wish Milo the best, however this was simply a publicity stunt to bring more attention to the discrimination by TCC and the University of Tulsa.”

The event’s collapse wasn’t the result of outside pressure, and Barnett criticized the media for reporting only “half the story.” Barnett also disputed Yiannopoulous’ allegation that he missed payment deadlines. Yiannopoulos “tried to strong arm us into sending him more money” before the event was solidified, Barnett said.

In an email to the Tulsa World, Yiannopoulos denied strong-arming Barnett and said his claims were false. Barnett sent "zero dollars" for the event despite terms being 50% payment up front, Yiannopoulos said. 

Amid the ongoing dispute, TCC is left to wait and see what the event's future holds. 

“Tulsa Community College is aware of the social media posts on Milo Yiannopoulos’ accounts,” TCC spokeswoman Nicole Burgin said in a statement “We would like to reiterate that the College is not hosting or sponsoring an event with him nor have we invited him to campus.”

Burgin confirmed that the school received a facilities rental request from Barnett exploring a possible appearance by Yiannopoulos but no date had been officially finalized.

“While we are still in communication with the requesting organizer, the event is not confirmed,” she said in the statement.

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Stetson covers breaking news, general assignment and other stories. He previously worked at the Enterprise-Journal in Mississippi. He is from Broken Arrow and graduated with a journalism degree from Oklahoma State University. Phone: 918-581-8466

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