Bill Maher Speech at UC Berkeley Unaffected by Small Protests

unnamed-14Comedian and pundit Bill Maher is this year’s commencement speaker at the University of California-Berkeley’s winter graduation ceremony.

While Maher’s original invitation to address today’s event was uncontroversial, after an on-air argument he subsequently had with Ben Affleck about the nature of Islam, campus Muslim groups at Berkeley demanded that Chancellor Nicholas Dirks retract Maher’s invitation to speak.

When the chancellor refused, several Muslim and left-wing campus activist groups threatened to “shut down” Maher’s appearance with a large protest.

But since that initial flurry of publicity over a month ago, no announcements have been made of any planned upcoming protests. So when the day finally arrived — today, at 3:00pm – -there was essentially no media around to notice that the planned protest had fizzled to just a handful of silent people holding a couple of signs outside the security area surrounding the venue…

Another account here.