The headline said it all.
“Berkeley braces for right-wing talk show host Ben Shapiro’s visit,” wrote The Los Angeles Timeson Sunday.
The lead was even more alarming. “Girding itself for a visit from another polarizing political figure and the possibility of more violent protests, UC Berkeley is tightening campus security.”
That “polarizing political figure” is Ben Shapiro, Editor-in-Chief of The Daily Wire. But we will say that all the terrifying hype is probably accurate, because Shapiro is planning to appear at an event at UC Berkeley on September 14, in which he will (OMG, gasp) — talk.
A message sent to students last week shows the true depth of the fragile snowflakery at the university. Reported the Times:
There will be a “closed perimeter” around the building where Shapiro is scheduled to speak, and an “increased and highly visible police presence.”
A number of university buildings near Zellerbach Hall, the event’s location, will be closed that afternoon. In order to pass through security barriers, people will have to show tickets for the speech. The university also is offering counseling to students and faculty worried about the event, which is being held at the invitation of the Berkeley College Republicans.
“We are deeply concerned about the impact some speakers may have on individuals’ sense of safety and belonging,” Alivisatos said in the memo posted on the university’s website. “No one should be made to feel threatened or harassed simply because of who they are or for what they believe.”
Now, you would be justified if you thought we made up the above. A “closed perimeter” around the building in which Shapiro will speak? Counseling to students “worried about the event”? But we assure you, the above is all too real.
Read more at the Daily Wire.