Milo Yiannopoulos, an outspoken writer who currently works as technology editor for the right-wing website Breitbart News, is set to speak at the UK boys school he was expelled from.
Yiannopoulos has been banned from Twitter over claims he promoted harassment. In an interview on Channel 4 Thursday (17 November) he defended his right to say that the pay gap between women and men doesn't exist and that rape culture is a complete fantasy.
Next week Yiannopoulos is set to speak at the Simon Langton Grammar School for Boys in Canterbury, Kent, which he said on Facebook expelled him "for absolutely outrageous behavior".
In his Channel 4 interview Yiannopoulos said groups like "Social justice warriors, hand wringers, feminists, Black Lives Matter" have controlled America for 30 years and "spread conspiracy theories about campus rape culture and the wage gap." Black Lives Matter was founded in 2013. These groups, he said, are "too worried by about how other people feel" and are more worried about "feelings versus facts".
Yiannopoulos is a senior editor at the right-wing Breitbart News site which Trump's chief strategist Stephen Bannon headed up until he became the president-elect's campaign chief in August.
The provocateur has been described as a member of the alt-right, a new breed of paleo-conservatives who use the language of white nationalism and misogyny, among other things.
"I delight in offending people," Yiannopoulos told Channel 4 interviewer Cathy Newman.
Yiannopoulos said that he and the alt-right are "fellow travellers on some issues" but that really he's out to act as their megaphone and "give them a fair hearing" on Breitbart.
"It's a very young, vibrant, exciting new movement of Conservatives in America," he said. "They are populists, they're nationalists."
Simon Langton Grammar School for Boys issued a statement saying it "does not practice censorship" and has invited Yiannopoulos to "talk on politics, the alt-right and the recent US election".
The school said it trusts "that our students will be able to use their reason to assail bad arguments and applaud sound ones".