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Candace Owens, a prominent conservative commentator and political activist, was met with fierce protests before delivering a fiery anti-leftist speech on campus Monday night.
At the April 15 event in College Hall, which was co-hosted by College Republicans and conservative group The Statesman, Owens criticized the #MeToo movement and sarcastically said women “never lie." Owens also claimed that black people were being misled by the Democratic Party.
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Student groups such as the Penn Association for Gender Equity, Lambda Alliance, and the United Minorities Council denounced Owens' ideology, criticizing her opposition to the Black Lives Matter Movement and her past insensitive comments on transgender individuals.
Minutes before the event, leftist and anti-fascist protestors voiced their disapproval of Owens' presence. About 20 anti-fascist protestors from Philadelphia Antifa wore ski masks and bandanas and gathered on College Green, shouting "F**k Candace Owens" and "F**k the police." PAGE protestors also gathered in a silent demonstration against Owens inside College Hall.
UMC Chair and College sophomore Kevin Zhou said the 6B — Penn's six main minority coalition groups — met prior to Monday’s event to discuss the response and to denounce Owens.
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“We all know what she’s been doing around here. A lot of mocking, a lot of racist statements, saying racism doesn’t exist, mocking sexual assault victims,” Zhou said. “UMC was in full support of [the protest].”
College freshman Kate Silva, who silently protested against Owens inside College Hall, said Owens approached her and other protesters while she was inside. Silva said while Owens was “polite” in her interactions with them, she disputed their criticisms of her.
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“She was coming over and looking at a lot of the posters and then asking students who were holding posters to give her examples of when she had said things or done things,” Silva said.
At the event, Owens sharply attacked the #MeToo movement and...
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