Things are heating up ahead of conservative firebrand Matt Walsh’s speech at Stanford University on March 1.
Flyers advertising the campus event were set ablaze by protesters, and event management platform Eventbrite removed the speech’s ticketing page, forcing organizers to set up a new ticketing platform last minute.
The incidents are the latest in a string of controversies surrounding Walsh’s pending speech at Stanford, his next campus stop in his collegiate speaking tour focused on criticisms of transgender ideology.
The Stanford student senate, which officially opposes the event, allocated funds for Walsh’s appearance to avoid “legal consequences,” but allocated thousands of dollars to counter protesters as well.
Walsh’s speech is co-sponsored by the Stanford College Republicans and Young America’s Foundation.
From The College Fix
Then this from the Stanford Daily:
Right-wing political commentator Matt Walsh spoke at an event co-organized by the Stanford College Republicans (SCR) and Young America’s Foundation (YAF) at Dinkelspiel Auditorium on Wednesday night, urging the audience to reject “insane and poisonous gender ideology.”
The event came the day after Walsh joined Mississippi governor Tate Reeves on Tuesday in signing a bill that restricts youth transition-related health care. Currently, Walsh is promoting his controversial 2022 documentary titled “What Is A Woman?” The film has been criticized for its transphobic content and opposition to LGBTQ+ education in schools.
No protests materialized during the event. Instead, Walsh’s speech was countered by Community Care events hosted by several student groups on campus, including Queer Student Resources (QSR), the Women’s Community Center (WCC) and Students for the Liberation of All Peoples (SLAP).
Speaking to a crowd of around 600 people, including individuals who are not Stanford students or affiliates, Walsh said, “I’m not concerned about your feelings, I’m concerned about the truth. You are either a man or a woman. You don’t get to choose which category you belong to….”