Alt-Right personality Milo Yiannopoulos has been banned from a lot of things. He’s not allowed on Twitter or Facebook. He’s been banned from the country of Australia. And now the man has been banned from Chicago area furry convention Midwest Furfest.
This all started when Yiannopoulos announced he was attending the convention on Telegram (one of the few places left he can post). Right Wing Watch posted a screenshot of the announcement:
Yiannopoulos has been having problems building a following lately.
Outraged members of the furry community brought their concerns to Midwest Furfest. The con was fairly quick to act though. On September 16th, Midwest Furfest officially announced on their social media that Yiannopoulos has been banned from not only their 2019 event, but all future events the convention holds.
Self-registration for our event does not imply a given individual’s presence is condoned or appropriate.
— Midwest FurFest 🌻 (@FurFest) September 16, 2019
According to Rolling Stone, when they reached out to Yiannopolous for comment, he said “I’m going anyway. And I’m taking friends. They best be ready.” Yiannopolous also posted the following screenshot of an email to his Telegram account:
Lobbyconning is only allowed as long as the hotel allows it.
This also raises questions though. Midwest FurFest is hosted at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, and there are multiple hotels associated with the con. One could assume it’s the attached Hyatt Regency O’Hare, but he could also mean a number of other locations. I mean, one has to assume he means the Hyatt Regency O’Hare, right? It’s not much of a statement if he means he just has a room at the Comfort Inn.
We’ll continue to follow this if anything else develops.