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The Berkeley riots of 2017, which centered around a Milo Yiannopoulos event at Berkeley University, have now become the subject of a gay porn film.
Yiannopoulos, who is openly gay, seems to have welcomed the development, and has posted about on his own website and Facebook page.
The female-directed movie, entitled Berkeley: Sophomore Year, comes from a production company called NakedSword. It follows porn stars portraying Berkeley students, professors, and black-clad protesters around campus – in dorm rooms, public bathrooms, and outside anti-free speech rallies.
In one storyline, featured on the XXX-rated trailer, a young conservative character, wants to make a speech on campus, but is shut down by threats of violence.
Although Milo is not explicitly mentioned in the trailer, it was presumably directly inspired by the real-life Berkeley riots of February 2017, which became international news.
The Berkeley riots were arguably the apex of the culture war that has raged in the United States for the past few years. Milo, who had been touring University campuses across the country, was due to give a speech with fellow conservative pundit Ann Coulter.
However, prior to the event, hordes of Antifa protestors showed up and began harassing and violently attacking attendees, eventually culminating in a full-scale riot.
The protesters surrounded the building, and police and campus security fought to keep them from breaching the building. Yiannopoulos was eventually evacuated from the University building via police helicopter.
Milo has been a relentlessly controversial figure since first emerging into the public eye in 2015. In 2016, he embarked on the ‘Dangerous Faggot’ speaking tour, in which he visited a series of Universities in the USA to discuss cultural issues such as feminism, Islam, and transgender rights. He has since gone on to make appearances on major US TV shows such as Real Time With Bill Maher and Tucker Carlson Tonight, polarizing opinion in the process.
While his detractors see him as an obnoxious bigoted troll, his supporters see him as a righteous warrior in the battle for free speech. One thing’s for sure – he is a formidable self-publicist.