Alt-right attention-seeker Milo Yiannopoulos has had his upcoming Australian tour cancelled due to “unforeseen circumstances”.
Yiannopoulos, who last year famously urged Australians to vote “no” in the marriage postal survey just months after marrying his own husband, was due to visit Australia for a five-date speaking tour with conservative commentator Ann Coulter in late November.
Promoter AE Media had said the pair would speak on the topic of “how to save Australia”, but on Monday the promoter emailed ticketholders to advise that “due to unforeseen circumstances” the tour dates in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth would be cancelled.
The email didn’t immediately offer refunds for the ticketholders. Instead, AE Media said tickets would be honoured for the tour of British conservative Tommy Robinson and American Gavin McInnes, the leader of The Proud Boys, who describe themselves as a “gang” who glorify violence and encourage brawls with left-wing groups.
Yiannopoulos wrote on Instagram on Wednesday, apparently blindsided by the tour’s unexplained cancellation.
“Yesterday, I woke up to the news that my Australian tour with Ann had been cancelled and the promoter was ‘transferring’ tickets to another series of events,” he wrote.
“This is illegal. If you’re a ticket holder and want a refund, they are obliged to give you one and I will make sure that happens.”
He said he was working with lawyers to make sure the promoters fulfill their obligations to ticket holders, and he said he will tour Australia in 2019 “with a more established promoter.”
“I’m committed to you, Aussies, which is why I’m writing a book about your great country, which will be out before Christmas,” he said.
Queensland Senator Fraser Anning – who was this month dumped from Katter’s Australia Party for his racist views – announced in September he’d be joining the tour.
Yiannopoulos has previously been linked to neo-Nazis and white supremacists and has been permanently banned from Twitter for harassment.
His 2017 tour of Australia saw violent clashes between left- and right-wing protesters, including a violent brawl in Victoria which required police to intervene.
Yiannopoulos was handed a $50,000 security bill after the fracas, which Victorian Police said in August he still hadn’t paid.