Let’s be honest: a lot of us who attended the Ben Shapiro event Wednesday night were hoping for a show — and very few of us got one. I'm not sure how this happened, given that Young Americans for Freedom (YAF) decided to plop a privileged, conservative man right in the middle of a liberal echo-chamber, giving him a microphone and a stage. It truly was a recipe for some political drama. Though about 90 percent of the 500-person audience was male and only about eight or nine people of color decided to trickle in, the night was kind of boring.
Shapiro kept the distasteful jokes, rude remarks and divisive speech to a relative minimum (depending on your reference point). LMU students are up in arms about the dull night that so many were not expecting.
Political science major Poli Hope explained the common consensus among the LMU population. “That audience wasn’t a group of campus conservatives, coming out of the closet. It was campus whoever’s-hoping-to-have-an-interesting-night. What a disappointment.”
Once inside, one student explained that it “felt like a rally. I mean, they addressed us as patriots and went on to make just these awful comments that made the crowd roar and cheer. Seriously, who am I going to school with here?”
Many who had been planning on protesting decided instead to just watch the show. “If we stayed out with our signs, we were going to miss all the fun,” said peace and justice major Angie Roar. “Unfortunately, the signs would have been much more eventful.”
Others had slightly differing opinions. “While waiting in line, the lady in front of me whipped around and demanded I answer whether or not I enjoy stabbing babies in the head with scissors,” said women and gender studies major Emma Lib. “I was expecting the event itself to be raucous but the line was the worst part.”
However your experience with the night, it wasn’t the fiery debate many were hoping to see. Maybe next year we could get Trump on campus. Then we’d really get a show.
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