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I have come to believe, in the course of our bizarro unfriendship, that Milo believes in almost nothing concrete — not even in free speech. The same is reportedly true of Trump, of people like Ann Coulter, of Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage: They are pure antagonists unencumbered by any conviction apart from their personal entitlement to raw power and stacks of cash.
—Laurie Penny[1]

Milo Yiannopoulos (also Milo Wagner, stylized MILO, born 1983 as Milo Hanrahan) was a writer for alt-right affliated online news media Breitbart, where he primarily published pieces attacking liberals and their political correctness culture (abbreviation: PC), and a self-described professional victim/professional troll.[2] Yiannopoulos is a Gamergate figurehead, men's rights activist, homosexual, transphobe, fat-shamer, and a controversial public figure.

Yiannopoulos formerly fronted failed UK tech blog, The Kernel. As a "journalist" for Breitbart, his intern's blog posts almost exclusively consisted of self-aggrandizement and rank hypocrisy[3], straw-men and the regurgitation of dated anti-feminist 4chan/8chan memes. Yiannopoulos spends the majority of his time seeking out controversy and boosting his own fame.

Surprising absolutely no one, Yiannopoulos endorsed Donald Trump[4] (who he refers to as "Daddy"[5]). He gained enough notoriety to book an invitation to Real Time with Bill MaherWikipedia's W.svg and was slotted to speak at CPAC before word surfaced of his old interview with Joe Rogan in 2015 and the Drunken Peasants in 2016. The ensuing controversy over his comments defending pedophilia[6] forced him to resign as senior editor of Breitbart.

Take Milo as the negative effect of the Colbert Bump. Instead of gaining popularity after a TV celebrity gave him a shout out, Milo lost his popularity after people started realizing how much of an empty suit he really is.

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[edit] Personal life and views

Yiannopolous is, surprisingly, a real person. Said person is mostly a shell for his political gambits.

[edit] Education

If you’re as talented, intelligent and handsome as I am, you don’t need a degree to succeed. I hate to brag, but, if I died in a heinous accident, someone would probably write it up. Like, people have heard of me. It would be news.
—Milo Yiannopoulos: Arrogant pissbag or hilarious jokemeister? We report, you decide.[7]

Yiannopoulos attended the University of ManchesterWikipedia's W.svg and dropped out without graduating.[7] Yiannopoulos then attended Wolfson College, CambridgeWikipedia's W.svg (where he studied English literature) and again dropped out without graduating.[8] His field of studies was English literature. In short: he's a liberal-arts-major college-dropout journalist who think's he's entitled to spread his own opinion.

[edit] Religion

Yiannopoulos is a practising Catholic; he has said that his mother or maternal grandmother is Jewish,[9][10] which has put him at odds with neo-Nazi elements of the alt-right.[11]

[edit] Homosexuality

A "dangerous faggot".
See the main article on this topic: Homosexuality
Milo Yiannopoulos of Breitbart London has done more to put homosexual camp in the service of right-wing authoritarianism than any man has since the fellows at Hugo Boss sewed all those nifty SS uniformsWikipedia's W.svg.
—Kevin Williamson, National Review[12]

Yiannopoulos is openly gay. He appears to believe that his own homosexuality (or at least his physical reciprocation of it) is a choice and little more than a manifestation of adolescent rebellion (he's 34) and a general dislike of non-subservient women.[13][14] For a brief period, Yiannopolous -- perceiving the homosexual community as too progressive and no longer "counter-culture" -- decided to become heterosexual, because sexuality is a choice.[15] His tenure as heterosexual appears to have lasted approximately 6 seconds, after which he chose to get a free shield from criticism about homophobia be gay again.

Yiannopoulos also genuinely seems to hate gays, hate his own gayness, and hate the gay rights movement:

  • "Gays have been told for 30 years that they were 'born this way'. That's a lie. 'Born this way' was invented by the gay lobby as a run-around of the religious right. The religious right was saying that homosexuality was a sinful lifestyle choice, and then the gay lobby invented the 'gay gene'. They said "we're born this way"... it really has no basis in science at all. The most we can say is that it is a mixture of nature and nurture and it may have some epigenetic component. Nobody really knows."[16]
  • "But the thought that I might influence my child towards a lifestyle choice guaranteed to bring them pain and unhappiness – however remote that chance may be – is horrifying to me. That’s why, quite simply, I wouldn’t bring a child up in a gay household and, if by some chance I were to end up having a child with a woman, I would seek to insulate that child from inappropriate situations and influences until they were old enough to understand the principles, ramifications and, yes, the mechanics surrounding such an enormous decision. [....] [C]eteris paribus, no one would choose to have a gay child rather than a straight one. It would be like wishing that they were born disabled – not just because homosexuality is aberrant, but because that child will suffer unnecessarily. Again, you’d have to be mad. Or evil. [....] Is being homosexual “wrong”? Something somewhere inside of me says Yes."[17]
  • "I would love to be cured. Who wouldn't want to be cured? Of course, I want to be cured. I've tried to pray the gay away... I think for a variety of reasons, most gay people if they were honest, would not choose to have been born homosexual. I'd love to experiment with some of these therapies, not because I think they'll work."[18]
  • "Most of the reason I went gay is so I didn’t have to deal with nutty broads. Imagine how much worse they’re going to get when the passive aggressive manipulation tactics stop working because the guy can get himself off with a thinner, hotter robot anytime he wants to. They’re going to go mental."[19]
  • In September 2015, Yiannopoulos guest-starred on Joe Rogan's YouTube show. During the interview, Yiannopoulos claims that "I lost my virginity in an interracial fivesome with a drag queen." "How old were you?" asks Rogan. "Thirteen, maybe fourteen... it was great.”[20] Later on, Rogan touches upon child abuse amongst Catholic priests; this prompts Yiannopoulos to discuss a priest from his childhood. "He made you suck his dick for real?" asks Rogan. "He didn't make me, I was enthusiastic about it."[21] Yiannopolous tells us "he was a great priest... he's going to get lynched now." "How old were you at the time?" asks Rogan. "I was in my teens," replies Yiannopoulos, before going on to ask Rogan "You've never seen a fifteen-year-old girl—at any point in your life, however, old you were—you've never seen a fifteen-year-old-girl you thought was hot? When you were twenty-five, when you were thirty, you will have seen girls at fifteen you thought were hot, of course, you did."[22] Yiannopoulos then clarifies his experiences: "I was a very mature fourteen-year-old. It wasn't molestation, it was perfectly consensual. When I was fourteen, trust me, I was the predator... I was aggressively seeking out the sexual company of adults."[23]
  • "Gay Rights Have Made Us Dumber, It’s Time to Get Back in the Closet": "The endless celebration and mollycoddling of homosexuals in the media has transformed the genteel, camp rightsists of the 1950s into brash, glitter-drenched Pride queens. If for no other reasons than manners and aesthetics, we ought to think about shoving the next generation back into Narnia."[24]

As James Kirchick of Tablet Magazine puts it:[10]

With his homosexual minstrelsy in service of America's first nakedly authoritarian presidential candidate and the extreme right-wing political movement that backs him, Yiannopoulos inspires comparison to "Diamond and SilkWikipedia's W.svg," a pair of black women YouTube stars and fellow Trump supporters who speak in an exaggeratedly African American street vernacular to express support for a presidential candidate who pointedly refused to disavow the endorsement of the Ku Klux Klan and David Duke two days before the Louisiana Republican primary. All essentially perform stereotypical characters (the bitchy queen, the loud black woman) before audiences that, needless to say, are probably not well-represented among donors to the NAACP or Human Rights Campaign ... Yiannopoulos' gay blackface combines the mincing camp of Quentin CrispWikipedia's W.svg with the reactionary politics of Jörg Haider and is the sort of thing that might have been mildly amusing on a pre-AIDS-era episode of Hollywood SquaresWikipedia's W.svg.

To put it mildly, Yiannopoulos' statements about the causes of homosexuality are unbased in science. There are strong reasons to believe that homosexuality is biological in origin, and thus not a choice, for the vast majority of homosexuals.

[edit] Transphobia

See the main article on this topic: Transgenderism
I don’t let feelings control my life. I’m more disciplined than other people. I have a dark, ADD, Asp-y (Asperger’s syndrome) brain. I’m totally autistic or sociopathic. I guess I’m both.
—Milo Yiannopoulos, who clearly understands the complexities of neuroscience and sexuality[25]

Yiannopoulos makes sure to spend his time hating on transgender people, too:

  • In 2015, Yiannopoulos signed an online petition titled "Drop the T" that advocated separating transgender people from the greater LGBT community.[26]
  • In an October 2016 speech at the University of Delaware, Yiannopoulos said: "Never feel bad for mocking a transgender person. It is our job to point out their absurdity, to not make the problem worse by pretending they are normal. Much like fat-shaming, if our mockery drives them to get the help they need, we may save their life."[27]
    In that same speech, he added a bit of ableism and pseudoscience as well: "...many trannies, or those that make up their own new gender, are not actually retarded. But they are deeply mentally damaged, and they are failed by a liberal establishment obsessed with making them feel good about themselves."[28]
  • Yiannopoulos posted a one-star review on the Facebook page of DePaul University in May 2016 after protesters disrupted his talk on campus. It ended: "no one is trans, it's a brain disease."[29]

As usual, Yiannopoulos' statements about transgender people don't line up with scientific consensus views that transgenderism is not, in fact, a mental disorder.[30]

[edit] Various conspiracy theories

Look, we're not saying that Milo is a Nazi. We're just asking questions, see?

On his Facebook page and website, Yiannopoulos has promoted conspiracy theories and various other unfounded claims:

[edit] Professional career

Once upon a time, Yiannopoulos actually worked a job.

[edit] The Kernel, or it pays to pay your employees

Until 2011, Yiannopoulos worked for The Telegraph as a tech writer, despite having little to no knowledge of technology.

In November 2011, he was kicked out and decided to launch his own techsite, The Kernel, to "fix European technology journalism"[25] (given that it's Milo, the problem he's fixing is "the left"). In 2012, Yiannopoulos decided that paying his contributors was unnecessary. Former contributor Jason Hesse won a summary judgment from an employment tribunal against The Kernel's parent company Sentinel Media. Yiannopoulos threatened another contributor seeking payment with blackmail the release of embarrassing details and photographs. The Kernel itself closed in March 2013 after Yiannopoulos admitted that the company could not cover costs, mere days after claiming otherwise.[38][39] It took the purchasing of The Kernel's assets by venture capital group BERLIN42 in 2013 for Yiannopoulos to finally pay his debts.[40] The Kernel is now a subsite of the Daily Dot, and runs anti-Gamergate articles.[41]

[edit] Breitbart Tech

Without Milo, it probably would have just fizzled out, in all honesty.
—Alex Baldwin, Gamergater, and former moderator of KotakuInAction[42]

After failing The Kernel, Yiannopoulos moved to Breitbart as their tech editor. Given Yiannopoulos's history of professional failure and general ignorance of technology and gaming culture[43] (along with Breitbart.com's own sterling reputation for ethical journalism[44][45]), he was clearly the right man to head Breitbart.com's technology and gaming culture section. Surely, journalism of only the highest intellectual calibre and ethical standards could come of such a pairing.

Reportedly, Yiannopoulos does not in fact write most of the words under his byline, said words being the output of forty-four interns, paid and unpaid ("A lot of these guys are young 4chan guys"), researching and drafting for him. He reassures us that "ghostwriting is too great a word" and that this practice is "completely standard." So that's all right, then.[46]

[edit] Professional outrage generator

See the main article on this topic: Proll
I’ve been following Yiannopoulos’ tour for months, and I can absolutely confirm that he means almost nothing he says, that he will say almost anything for attention, and that none of that matters to those who face violence and trauma as a result. Yiannopoulos has cashed in hard on the cowardice of American conservatives, exploited their complete allergy to irony.
—Laurie Penny, Pacific Standard[47]

Now, all Yiannopoulos has to do is get people mad, and the money comes flowing in.

[edit] Courting Gamergate

Seeing a new avenue of gullibility to exploit, Yiannopoulos was one the of the early supporters of Gamergate, criticizing what he saw as the politicization of video game culture by "an army of sociopathic feminist programmers and campaigners, abetted by achingly politically correct American tech bloggers."[48] This was despite his previously held views on gamers as "pungent beta male bollock-scratchers and twelve-year-olds" and "a bit sad".[49][50] In addition (and again, prior to his transparently opportunistic involvement with Gamergate), Yiannopoulos appears to have placed some of the blame for the Isla Vista murder spree on video games and gaming culture.[51]

Despite his initial claims that Breitbart.com's tech vertical would be non-partisan (albeit pro-GamerGate),[52] Yiannopoulos dedicates the majority of the area's original content to his own inane banal uninformed ramblings on his three favorite topics: perceived leftist encroachment in popular media, why men are better than women, and himself.[53][54] The rest of the content primarily consists of YouTube trailers for upcoming video games and wire-service stories re-branded as "by Breitbart News".

[edit] Journalistic ethics

Yiannopoulos published an article pertaining to Gamergate (which, he openly admits, is culled from 8chan and /r/KotakuInAction[55]) that took seven edits by Breitbart's editorial and legal staff before it could be posted without risking a libel suit. Yiannopoulos further established a relationship with Joshua Goldberg, a Gamergater and white-nationalist troll (funny how often that combination seems to occur) who, in turn, fed Yiannopoulos the original claim that Shaun King was white.[56] After Goldberg was arrested on domestic terrorism charges, Yiannopoulos furiously attempted to scrub all evidence of his links to Goldberg,[57] then pretended to have no knowledge of him when called on it,[58] to the point of claiming that the FBI's arrest of Goldberg that day was part of a conspiracy to smear him, as payback for his releasing another hitpiece on a Gamergate victim target a few hours prior.[59] In actuality, Goldberg was arrested and charged several days before Yiannopoulos posted his article.

[edit] Shaun King and Black Lives Matter

In 2015, following the rise of Black Lives Matter, Yiannopoulos published a hitpiece claiming BLM activist Shaun King was actually white and passing as black, akin to Rachel Dolezal.[60] This resulted in a wave of harassment and further defamation from the right wing websphere, resulting in King being forced to publicly reveal his family and personal history (short version: he was the product of an affair between his white mother and a black man other than her husband) in an attempt to quell the shit storm.[61] Yiannopoulos, of course, claimed that this vindicated his story,[62] and wrote another piece claiming that King did not know his biological father. A month later, Yiannopoulos wrote yet another story accusing King of embezzlement, citing several tweets as evidence.[63] Four of those tweets were from his own account.

In his attempts to criticize Black Lives Matter, Yiannopoulos picks and chooses whichever FBI crime statistics fit his narrative. In May 2016, he published an article in Breitbart titled "There Have Been Over 100 Hate Crime Hoaxes In The Past Decade"[64] Even assuming his numbers are correct, when weighed against the thousands of hate crimes reported annually in the U.S., the 100 supposed hoaxes since the mid-2000s are an insignificant minority.[65] Yet Yiannopoulos did cherry pick without context or nuance FBI stats on race and crime to make a straw man argument that Black Lives Matter is protesting the scant number of "blacks killed by whites" compared to "blacks killed by blacks".[66]

[edit] Wooing the Alt-Right

Milo getting a head start on his meme game.
It turns out that a gay man of Jewish descent who can't stop talking about how much he loves having sex with black dudes is not universally loved by homophobic racist anti-Semites.
We Hunted the Mammoth[67]

With Gamergate's popularity (and, presumably, his and Breitbarts' readership) declining, Yiannopoulos chose to find a new ass to kiss in an attempt to stay relevant, settling on the burgeoning Alt-Right movement. As such, he (and/or his interns) and colleague Allum Bokhari penned a 5,000 word love-letter primer for the movement,[68] whereby Yiannopoulos and his co-author described the pseudo-intellectual voices behind the movement – the bulk of whom were writers from openly anti-Semitic and racist organisations such as VDARE and American RenaissanceWikipedia's W.svg – as "dangerously bright".[10] The Daily Stormer responded by telling them to eff off, accusing them of completely misrepresenting the movement to better serve their own interests (The horror!), taking particular umbrage with their claims that the alt-right does what they do as a joke, and aren't really racist at all. (So, that's all right, then.)[68] Why Yiannopoulos, who is both gay and ethnically Jewish (but raised Roman Catholic), and Bokhari, who is part-Pakistani, both thought that trying to ally themselves with a bunch of Nazis (and tying Breitbart's already sketchy reputation to them) was a good idea in the first place is unclear.

Despite his heritage, Yiannopoulos has embraced many of the neo-Nazi tropes about "Jews run[ning] everything" from the banks to the media, saying that "They're right about all that stuff [...] it's a statistical fact [that] Jews are vastly disproportionately. It's just a fact. It's not anti-Semitic to point out statistics."[69] During his college years, Milo also enjoyed sporting his Iron Cross around town, made jokes about the Holocaust before the alt-right was even a thing, and had a fondness for reading speeches by Adolf Hitler.[10][70]

Andrew Anglin of The Daily Stormer – an openly neo-Nazi website from the alt-right – said this, following Milo's suspension from Twitter:

The homosexualist Jew Milo Yianiannaopopolous has made a career of co-opting edginess, first infiltrating the #Gamergate movement as a means to anally-violate confused video-gaming teenagers in his homeland of Britain, before infiltrating the Neo-Nazi movement and using it as a vehicle to tour the United States and facilitate gay sex with bi-curious college students. [...]

Repeatedly, the dick-loving kike and self-appointed leader of the Neo-Nazi movement has been messed with by Twitter, but now it appears he is permanently banned. This "suspension" comes after he engaged in the trolling campaign against the gorilla-like star of the new feminist Ghostbusters film. This was funny – credit where credit is due. Actually, Milo has done a few funny things, just none to justify his attempt to normalize man-on-man anal sex with Blacks in the Nazi movement. [...]

Probably, on some cosmic level, it is hilarious that large numbers of people are like, "yeah, great, the Nazi movement has a homosexual Jew leader." I am able to glimpse the cosmic hilarity of this at certain moments, but then I immediately return to the reality situation, which is that I hate this.[71]

A Daily Beast article in September 2016 suggested that Yiannopoulos has gotten funding from virtual reality tycoon Palmer Luckey.[72]

[edit] #JeSuisMilo

Yiannopoulos' Twitter account has been suspended repeatedly in the past for TOS violations.[73] In January of 2016, in an unconscionable act of terrorism business as usual with users who harass and behave like incorrigible adolescents, Twitter removed the "verified" badge from Yiannopoulos' Twitter account, and sent him an email advising this had happened due to his “recent violations of the Twitter Rules.”[74]

Soon enough, Yiannopoulos—and all True Friends of Liberty™—began pushing the hashtag #JeSuisMilo, since it's totally not hyperbolic to compare a journalist losing his little blue tick mark to other journalists literally being murdered by terrorists. Because there is no benevolent deity who has a clue, soon it was (according to Breitbart) "the #1 top trending topic in the U.K, U.S, and Canada and it trended globally at the #3 spot for several hours."[75] In an inspiring display of civic virtue, U.S. Patriots immediately rallied and launched a petition at whitehouse.gov imploring that the Kenyan Marxist Muslim President Obama should declare his opposition to Twitter's "war on libertarian and millennial voices." The leader of the world's superpower must demand: "Give Milo back his badge!"[76]

Yiannopoulos warned that this gross violation of his human rights signals that Twitter "is gearing up to purge conservatives." His employer valiantly stood behind him, declaring the loss of Yiannopoulos' little blue tick mark a declaration of "war on conservative media."[77] Twitter's refusal to specify what got Yiannopoulos' badge taken away is troubling to some.[78] But, even given no solid information on this particular incident, it's unlikely that Yiannopoulos' heart-wrenching persecution is the consequence of merely expressing his generally noxious views rather than the harassment he and his followers engage in. Twitter now considers "indirect threats" as "hateful conduct", and considers inciting harassment (say, pointing followers at another user to harass them) a violation.[79] Given those changes, Yiannopoulos' decertification appears to be at least somewhat related to an exchange where he tweeted “You deserve to be harassed you social justice loser” following a users request that Yiannopoulos' Twitter followers cease a campaign of harassment. He was decertified soon after that tweet.[80] Although the tweet was widely believed to be mean, it was actually a joke between friends. The tweet was directed at @ComfortablySmug, a fellow conservative[81] and friend of Yiannopoulos.[82]

Despite Breitbart.com's prognostication that Twitter would soon "purge" all traces of conservatism from the platform following Yiannopoulos' decertification [83], there is no indication that such a thing occurred. Yiannopoulos' decertification appears directly related to his behavior, and not his political beliefs.

Yiannopoulos took the fight offline, surging forward in his war to regain his blue checkmark. His next target? The White House, crashing a press conference in an effort to get justice.[84] (Yes, that White House. No, we are not joking.) One might wonder why someone who is so offended that he takes his fight over a verified checkmark on Twitter to the White House thinks he has any right to laugh and jeer at so-called "SJW"'s for being outraged over pretty much anything else.

[edit] Orlando and #FreeMilo

This controversy peaked once more in June 15, 2016, when Yiannopoulos's Twitter account was temporarily suspended following an announcement by Yiannopoulos of a press conference with regards to Islam and homosexuality after the Orlando shooting incident.[85][86] His account was reinstated within an hour, but not before the hashtags #FreeMilo and #FreeNero (referring to his Twitter handle) trended globally, and conspiracy theories of censorship flooded the alt-right websphere, including Donald Trump subforums on Reddit.[87] As of writing, Twitter has not commented on the suspension.

[edit] Where is your checkmark now?

On July 18, 2016, Yiannopoulos encouraged his followers to join in the harassment of actress/comedienne Leslie JonesWikipedia's W.svg in an attempt to drive her off Twitter. Jones was one of the stars in the recently released remake of the 1984 comedy film Ghostbusters, which had become a major source of contention in alt-right circles due to the fact that the remake meant the original was no longer available and every copy of it on whatever medium, wherever in the world it was, would be hunted down and destroyed and thus could never be viewed again changed the lead roles from four men to that of four women. Jones brought forth public attention to the abusive messages she was receiving, many of which included racist remarks or imagery such as repeatedly comparing the African-American Jones to gorillas and other apes. Ultimately, Jones decided to leave the service.[88]

In the wake of numerous complaints and the media attention that the harassment campaign was generating, Twitter finally decided on July 19, 2016, to permanently suspend Yiannopoulos's account and released the following statement:

People should be able to express diverse opinions and beliefs on Twitter. But no one deserves to be subjected to targeted abuse online, and our rules prohibit inciting or engaging in the targeted abuse or harassment of others. Over the past 48 hours, in particular, we’ve seen an uptick in the number of accounts violating these policies and have taken enforcement actions against these accounts, ranging from warnings that also require the deletion of Tweets violating our policies to permanent suspension.

We know many people believe we have not done enough to curb this type of behavior on Twitter. We agree. We are continuing to invest heavily in improving our tools and enforcement systems to better allow us to identify and take faster action on abuse as it’s happening and prevent repeat offenders. We have been in the process of reviewing our hateful conduct policy to prohibit additional types of abusive behavior and allow more types of reporting, with the goal of reducing the burden on the person being targeted. We’ll provide more details on those changes in the coming weeks.[89]

Yiannopoulos posted a response on Breitbart, calling the suspension “cowardly,” and stated "Twitter has confirmed itself as a safe space for Muslim terrorists and Black Lives Matter extremists, but a no-go zone for conservatives." Only a few days earlier, Yiannopoulos called Twitter "cowards" for not banning him.[90] Yiannopoulos all-encompassing narcissism lead him to declare that this would "[net] me more adoring fans" and that "This is the end for Twitter."[91] His banning gained him the support of Louise Mensch,Wikipedia's W.svg a woman who insisted that Twitter equally censor other users who had tweeted offensive things – such as users describing gamers as "subhuman filth" – though, of course, Mensch had previously described Milo as a "subhuman pig".[92]

His fans created a Fake Tweet Generator that manufactured, well, fake tweets and attributed them to Leslie Jones; this is libel, and this is one of the several acts of expression that is not protected under free speech. Milo retweeted two of these fake tweets, thereby contributing to the libel.

On ABC's Nightline in September 2016, reporter Terry Moran confronted Milo in an interview about these antics and more.[93] Of course, ABC's official video of the interview got (as of December 2016) nearly 35,000 dislikes to 5,000 likes on YouTube.[94]

But then, as noted technology journalist Milo Yiannopoulos said in 2012:[95]

We ban drunks from driving because they’re a danger to others. Isn’t it time we did the same to trolls?

[edit] Privilege Grant scam

In 2016, Milo registered the Yiannopoulos Privilege Grant (originally started as a joke to troll perceived SJWs) as part of an reverse-affirmative action programme for young white males, as they claim affirmative action is unfair to white males:

American college campuses have changed and demographics once considered disadvantaged are no longer held back by racial, homophobic or sexist bias. Research now suggests that low-income Caucasian males are the most in need of help. Women’s advantage in college graduation is evident at all socioeconomic levels and for most racial and ethnic groups.[96]

Of course, it goes without saying that the claims made by the Privilege Grant website were complete bullshit,[97][98] but a number of somewhat gullible white men fell for the scam.

The Privilege Grant collected funds by hosting a livestream of a 5 hours talk with a number of significant alt-right figures, including: Blaire WhiteWikipedia's W.svg, Margaret MacLennonWikipedia's W.svg, Lauren Southern and Milo,[99] most of whom spoke out against the grant once they realised what Milo was swindling his white males out of.

Reports on how much money was collected through this stream vary, but the stream generated a substantial amount;[100] Milo told The Daily Beast that overall donations total about $100,000 and pledges about another $250,000.[101]

The grant also collected funds through the (now defunct) donation page on his personal store.[102]

[edit] The Great Swindle

The scandal, first reported by /u/enough__is___enough on /r/EnoughTrumpSpam over at Reddit, is that despite claims that applications would start in spring 2016, as of August 2016 there was no application option on the webpage.[103]

Further digging found out that Caligula Limited, the company to which donations were routed and which was owned by Milo, had been dissolved as a company.[104][105]

So where did the money go? The former director of the Privilege Grant alludes to the fact that Milo wired the money to his personal account at Silicon Valley Bank. Caligula Limited was active until May 2016 for "grant donations", then, before having the chance to award grant money in the summer, this company was dissolved and the money seems to have dissolved with it (note again that the grant was set up in Feb 2016). In fact, the former director of the Grant has a copy of his wiring instructions – implying that there was a transfer to Milo's personal banking accounts.[106][107] The participants of the livestream as well as the former director are demanding answers. The grant never materialized, and everyone involved has been left in the dark.[108]

Milo claimed that the allegations made against him – including a claim that he had spent $250,000 on drugs – were "garbage" on Facebook, and dismissed allegations against him as "conspiracy theories".[109][110] The official Privilege Grant website was forced to issue an official statement for damage control, claiming that Milo was just a little late in the whole actually paying out money malarkey,[111] because he's just soooo popular...

This is very overdue, and I do apologise for this very sincerely. We did pass our deadline I'm sorry to say ... as a result of over-eagerness and just being completely overwhelmed by the volume of interest in it and the various things on my plate.[109][110]

Profiting off of the desire to seek a higher education. Like Daddy, like son. Additionally, The Guardian noted that this controversy shadowed the controversy over Trump’s fundraising for veterans: "The GOP candidate announced in January he had raised $6m but months later many groups said they had to see any money, prompting an outcry and eventual payment by Trump."[110]

[edit] Dangerous Faggot Tour

During a series of speeches in front of (mostly Republican) student conventions, an event at DePaul university had to be canceled due to violent student protests.[112][113] Particular aims of demonstrators include blocking his habit of naming particular students, particularly transgender ones, for harassment. A event at UC Berkeley had to be canceled due to similar protests.[114]

[edit] Real Time with Bill Maher

On February 17, 2017, Milo was featured as a guest on Bill Maher's talk show, unsurprisingly sparking backlash.[115] The interview mostly consisted of Maher defending his "freeze peach" in order to find some common ground between them. Maher was perceived as doting over Yiannopoulos, failing to ask him a single tough question and going so far as to compare him to "a young, gay, alive Christopher Hitchens."[116] Taking Milo's promotional claims about himself at face value, he then proceeded to mansplain what Milo was about to the unenlightened "regressive left," as though no one affected enough by Milo's actions to be outraged had ever read his professional bio.[116]

During the overtime segment of the show, Milo went on to claim his public humiliation and targeted harassment of a transgender student during one of his university speeches was about "protecting women and children," to which Maher could only respond, "That's not unreasonable."[117] In support of his claim, Milo misleadingly argued that transgender people were "disproportionately involved in violent crimes." This was true only in the sense that they are disproportionately victims of violent crimes.[117] When called out by Larry Wilmore, Milo proceeded to insult Wilmore's intelligence. This obviously did not go over well; Wilmore told Milo to go fuck himself.[118][117]

The extent of his appearance can be summed up thus: Bill sucking up to Milo as his guests, who had a more functional moral compass, confronted him for the inaccuracy, bigotry, and vitriol of his remarks. In a perfect display of the sort of self-important cowardice that could only be expected from Bill Maher, Bill Maher would proceed to take credit for Yiannopoulos's exposure as a pedophile and subsequent downfall. In less than a week, Bill's opinion of Milo had apparently gone from "a young, gay, alive Christopher Hitchens" to "an emotionally needy Ann Coulter wannabe."[119] Social-justice-minded members of the left could only roll their eyes at Maher's blatant opportunism.[120]

[edit] CPAC and Downfall

Before the Age of Trump, a man like Milo would've been as fringe as David Duke, meant only for laughs and finger pointing as he bloviates over nonsense; treated like a joke instead of a spokesman for the Trump trolls. The fact that CPAC, the premiere conservative and pro-Republican speaking stage in the nation, invited him to speak is an indictment on the entire American political culture, system, and machine.

Thankfully, people started paying attention. Eventually, people started stumbling on his 2015 interview with Joe Rogan, where Milo defended pedophile Catholic preachers for raping underaged boys, including himself, even saying "I'm grateful for [my abuser], I wouldn't give nearly such good head if it wasn't for him" on The Drunken Peasants podcast later in 2016. He further commented that this kind of statutory rape and child abuse happens "a lot" in the LGBT community, a tired and bigoted dog whistle to anti-gay social conservatives.

Despite Milo claiming his detractors dug it up, no evidence points to that. Instead, word got out shortly after he appeared on Real Time. The controversy began because people actually did their homework on who this new guy really was and spread the word, causing even the mainstream media (ala CNN) to report on the controversy.

As a result, the novel publisher, Simon & Schuster, which had recently awarded a $250,000 book contract to him, announced it was canceling the project. The American Conservative Union, which booked him to speak at CPAC, dis-invited him. This in stark contrast to Milo's novel becoming a bestseller overnight after protesters stopped him from speaking at a university. It was so bad, even the editor in chief of Breitbart said Milo's comments were "appalling" and "absolutely indefensible." [121]

Not too long after, Milo couldn't take the heat, so he got out of the kitchen and resigned as senior editor of Breitbart Tech. Glove, smell hand. [122]

[edit] Poetry book

In 2007, Yiannopoulos self-published a book of "poetry" called Eskimo Papoose. It became obviously clear that much of the content was lifted from various Tori Amos songs (with honourable mentions for whoever writes songs for Mariah Carey and Britney Spears, and the script of an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer) with no attribution. When confronted with this clear plagiarism, he responded that the collection was made up of other people's words and that it was an example of "sampling" like in music.[123] Right then, that explains it.

We at RationalWiki prefer an alternate explanation: Yiannopoulos padded out the book because his poetry is just shit:[124]

Father

He told me to pray
That God would forgive

But would God forgive him
For what he did
In my mouth?

[edit] See also

[edit] External links

[edit] References

  1. https://medium.com/welcome-to-the-scream-room/im-with-the-banned-8d1b6e0b2932
  2. http://mashable.com/2016/11/17/milos-contradicts-himself/
  3. In which Yiannapoulos accuses someone else of being an uninformed publicity whore
  4. Donald Trump... should be the internet's choice for president
  5. Creepy Trump worship
  6. His argument boiled down to saying children who are below the age of consent can consent to sex despite not being the legal age of consent. At best, it's defending statutory rape, while equating homosexuality with pedophilia, which isn't any better.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Milo Yiannopoulos (13 February 2015). "I dropped out of Manchester and Cambridge but it's honestly fine". The Tab. http://tab.co.uk/2015/02/13/dropped-manchester-cambridge-honestly-fine. 
  8. Hicks, Jennifer (19 December 2012). "Digital Media's Citizen Kane". Forbes. http://www.forbes.com/sites/jenniferhicks/2012/12/19/digital-medias-citizen-kane/. Retrieved 6 November 2015. 
  9. https://www.bloomberg.com/features/2016-america-divided/milo-yiannopoulos/
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 Kirchick, James (1 June 2016). "The Sad Story of Milo Yiannopoulos: the Trump Troll With Daddy Issues". Tablet Magazine. http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-news-and-politics/203888/donald-trumps-little-boy. 
  11. Gauthier, Brendan (29 September 2016). "Alt-right catfight: Daily Stormer wages "Holy Crusade" on Breitbart because Milo Yiannopoulos is "part-Jewish"". Salon. http://www.salon.com/2016/09/29/alt-right-catfight-daily-stormer-wages-holy-crusade-on-breitbart-because-milo-yiannopoulos-is-part-jewish/. 
  12. "Chaos in the Family, Chaos in the State: The White Working Class’s Dysfunction", National Review, March 28, 2016
  13. "Sexbots: Why women should panic"
  14. “I Went Gay So I Didn’t Have To Deal With Nutty Broads”
  15. "I'm Soooo Bored of Being Gay"
  16. Milo Yiannopoulos - PaulsEgo - TheAmazingAtheist - and More! DPP #193 @25m0s, 04 January, 2016, Drunken Peasants, YouTube
  17. Why I'll probably never be a parent
  18. Milo Yiannopoulos - PaulsEgo - TheAmazingAtheist - and More! DPP #193 @23m15s, 04 January, 2016, Drunken Peasants, YouTube
  19. “I Went Gay So I Didn’t Have To Deal With Nutty Broads”
  20. The Joe Rogan Experience: 1:24:15
  21. The Joe Rogan Experience: 2:21:20
  22. The Joe Rogan Experience
  23. The Joe Rogan Experience
  24. Gay rights have made us dumber. It's time to get back in the closet
  25. 25.0 25.1 Milo Yiannopoulos Is the Pretty, Monstrous Face of the Alt-Right, Bloomberg
  26. Morgan, Joe. "Hundreds sign Change.org petition calling for LGBTI community to 'drop the T'." Gay Star News: 6 November 2015. Accessed 25 January 2017.
  27. Reynolds, Daniel. "Milo Yiannopoulos Takes Transphobia on Tour." The Advocate: 26 October 2016. Accessed 25 January 2017.
  28. Fitzgerald, Erin. "Breitbart News Published Slur-Filled Talk Given By Senior Editor Milo Yiannopoulos At The University of Delaware." Media Matters for America: 25 October 2016. Accessed 25 January 2017.
  29. Yiannopoulos, Milo. "I left a review for DePaul University!" Facebook post from 25 May 2016.
  30. So says the DSM.
  31. "The Clintons Caught Celebrating Victory A Little Too Early"; see also a photo from the Sept. 26 debate
  32. "REALLY MAKES YOU THINK" post from November 27, 2016
  33. Emery, David. "Knock the Vote." Snopes: November 23, 2016.
  34. https://www.facebook.com/myiannopoulos/posts/776087299195834
  35. Greenberg, Andy. "Yes, Donald Trump, the FBI Can Vet 650,000 Emails in Eight Days." Wired: November 6, 2016.
  36. Goldman, Adam, and Apuzzo, Matt. "How the F.B.I. Reviewed Thousands of Emails in One Week." New York Times: November 8, 2016.
  37. Trump supporter silences those protesting in LA
  38. The Kernel to close as debts stay unpaid, 05 March, 2013. Charles Arthur, The Guardian
  39. The Kernel could face £11,000 payout order, 08 January, 2013. Charles Arthur, The Guardian
  40. The Kernel's back to make new enemies
  41. About the Kernel
  42. Brown, Kristen V., "Whispering to the Right: The terrifying allure of Milo Yiannopoulos", Fusion.
  43. In which Yiannopoulos fails a test of technology acumen
  44. "Breitbart lied about Shirley Sherrod. Now he's lying about the NAACP"
  45. ‘Friends of Hamas’ mess: Not a crisis of conservative media
  46. Top Conservative Writer Is A Group Effort, Sources Say, Joseph Bernstein, BuzzFeed, 1 April 2016. Note that, despite the date, this is not an April Fool's joke.
  47. https://psmag.com/on-the-milo-bus-with-the-lost-boys-of-americas-new-right-629a77e87986#.mi08b4wra
  48. Feminist Bullies Tearing the Video Game Industry Apart
  49. Twitter post
  50. Twitter post
  51. "Gamergate’s fickle hero: The dark opportunism of Breitbart’s Milo Yiannopoulos"
  52. I'm Milo Yiannopoulos, the new technology editor of Breitbart News. AMA., Reddit post by yiannopoulos_m
  53. "Star Wars is Garbage"
  54. The Princess Bride is Objectively Terrible
  55. [Happenings So, Yiannopoulos from Breitbart posted this Journalist request over at Twitter about Sarah Nyberg o_O], Reddit post by yiannopoulos_m
  56. Twitter post
  57. A collection of archived things from Milo (for the inevitable mass deletion), Reddit
  58. Twitter post
  59. Twitter post
  60. Shaun King And Why We’re So Quick To Believe White Folks, 19 August, 2015.
  61. Race, love, hate, and me: A distinctly American story
  62. Twitter posts screenshot
  63. Black Activists Turn on Shaun King for Collapse of ‘Justice Together’ Org, Financial Irregularities, 08 November, 2015. Milo Yiannopoulos, Breitbart.com (archived)
  64. Yiannopoulos, Milo. "There Have Been Over 100 Hate Crime Hoaxes In The Past Decade." Breitbart: May 2, 2016.
  65. "Latest Hate Crime Statistics Report Released." FBI: December 8, 2014.
  66. Facebook post by Yiannopoulos on September 21, 2016 and video from August 23, 2016
  67. We Hunted the Mammoth. (July 21, 2016). "Twitterbanned gay Jew Milo Yiannopoulos still having trouble winning over Internet Nazis".
  68. 68.0 68.1 We Hunted the Mammoth. "Breitbart’s Milo Yiannopoulos rejected by internet Nazis, who really do hate gay Jews "
  69. Shapiro, Ben (March 25, 2016). "Responding To The Alt Right: Are They Bigots, Or Just Stupid Children?". Daily Wire.
  70. RS Benedict. "Why did the University of Minnesota Host a Neo-Nazi Rally?". RS Benedict: Dubsarkura.
  71. Anglin, Andrew (July 20, 2016). "Faggot Kike Claiming to be Leader of the Neo-Nazis Banned from Twitter". The Daily Stormer. Archived from the original.
  72. Resnick, Gideon, and Collins, Ben. "Palmer Luckey: The Facebook Near-Billionaire Secretly Funding Trump’s Meme Machine." The Daily Beast: September 22, 2016.
  73. e.g., 2014, 2015
  74. Yiannopoulos' announcement tweet; archive
  75. Breitbart.com "Twitter Declares War On Conservative Media..."
  76. we petition the obama administration to: issue a statement demanding the restoration of Milo Yiannopoulos's Twitter verification badge., 11 January, 2016, We the People
  77. Breitbart.com"Twitter Declares War On Conservative Media..."
  78. CNN "Twitter crackdown on hate speech backfires"
  79. Arstechnica.com How Twitter quietly banned hate speech last year
  80. Salon.com "This isn’t about free speech: Internet “supervillain” isn’t being censored by Twitter’s lightweight rebuke"
  81. https://www.buzzfeed.com/amphtml/jackstuef/the-man-behind-comfortablysmug-hurricane-sandys
  82. http://www.recode.net/2016/1/10/11588646/can-twitter-police-the-madness-on-its-platform-the-fallout-from-the
  83. Breitbart.com "Twitter Declares War On Conservative Media..."
  84. Yiannopoulos asks the White House press secretary about """freedom of speech""" (Did we use enough air quotes?) [1]
  85. Hains, Tim. "Milo Yiannopoulos Finds Out He's Been Suspended From Twitter Live On Air," RealClearPolitics.
  86. Nolan, Lucas. "Twitter Bans Gay Conservative Milo After Anti-Islam Tweets.", Breitbart.
  87. "/r/The_Donald: Milo's twitter account has been suspended. Also, in news that is possibly related to his suspension from Twitter, Milo's press conference about gays & Islam has been scheduled for 2PM EST. He will be joined by Gavin McInnes." Reddit
  88. https://www.buzzfeed.com/susancheng/love-for-leslie-jones?utm_term=.mdk1JWRJN#.doM63pP3q
  89. https://www.buzzfeed.com/charliewarzel/twitter-just-permanently-suspended-conservative-writer-milo?utm_term=.paejo4rom#.rtrm0kr0a
  90. https://twitter.com/Nero/status/754065421662203904
  91. http://www.breitbart.com/milo/2016/07/19/breaking-milo-suspended-twitter-20-minutes-party/
  92. McKernan, Bethan (July 20, 2016). "Louise Mensch tried to defend Milo Yiannopoulos, scored a glorious own goal instead". indy100. 
  93. Moran, Terry; Taguchi, Emily; and Pedersen, Claire. "Leslie Jones' Twitter Troll Has No Regrets Over Attacking the 'Ghostbusters' Actress." ABC News: September 1, 2016.
  94. [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jkrY6Ny7pMg Twitter Troll Has No Regrets About Attacking Leslie Jones: Part 1] and Confronting Internet Trolls: Part 2, videos by ABC News
  95. http://kernelmag.dailydot.com/yiannopoulos/3359/the-internet-is-turning-us-all-into-sociopaths/
  96. Logue, Josh (26 February 2016). "The Next Ann Coulter" – via Slate.
  97. "Conservative Provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos Starts "White Men Only" Scholarship Fund". Retrieved on 21 August 2016.
  98. "Milo Yiannopoulos is the infuriating poster boy of white privilege". 22 January 2016. Retrieved on 21 August 2016.
  99. Milo Yiannopoulos, (3 April 2016). "#MILOGIVES: A Livestream for the Yiannopoulos Privilege Grant". Retrieved on 21 August 2016 – via YouTube.
  100. "Imgur: The most awesome images on the Internet".
  101. Collins, Gideon Resnick|Ben (19 August 2016). "Breitbart Editor Milo Yiannopoulos Takes $100,000 for Charity, Gives $0".
  102. https://store.yiannopoulos.net/product-category/milo-gives
  103. "The_Donald Monderator, Breitbart editor and Trump Shill, Milo Yiannopoulos -- Starts a grant for White Males to go to post-secondary and STEALS all the donations for himself. Promptly shuts down Grant after collecting THOUSANDS for his personal gain. • /r/EnoughTrumpSpam".
  104. "Companies House".
  105. "Imgur: The most awesome images on the Internet".
  106. "Imgur: The most awesome images on the Internet".
  107. "Margaret MacLennan on Twitter".
  108. http://imgur.com/a/S5TTrhttp://imgur.com/a/q6DpV
  109. 109.0 109.1 "Milo Yiannopoulos - Timeline | Facebook".
  110. 110.0 110.1 110.2 Carroll, Rory (19 August 2016). "Where's the money? Milo Yiannopoulos denies he spent cash for charity fund" – via The Guardian.
  111. "Privilege Grant".
  112. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/university-admins-surrender-to-violent-protesters-shutter_us_57454738e4b00853ae7b5ae3#comments
  113. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IawEMxTroBk
  114. http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Protesters-storm-Milo-Yiannopoulos-event-at-UC-10901829.php
  115. Milo Yiannopoulos Interview — Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO)
  116. 116.0 116.1 "Bill Maher Upstaged by Milo Yiannopoulos on "Real Time,'" Marlow Stern, The Daily Beast, February 17, 2017.
  117. 117.0 117.1 117.2 Larry Wilmore Schools Milo Yiannopoulos: ‘Go F*ck Yourself’, Marlow Stern, The Daily Beast, February 18, 2017.
  118. MILO Confronts the Panel — Overtime with Bill Maher (HBO)
  119. "Bill Maher, Faulted for Booking Yiannopoulos, Takes Credit for His Fall." The New York Times, February 22, 2017.
  120. Milo Yiannopoulos's enablers deserve contempt – and must be confronted. Owen Jones, The Guardian.
  121. http://www.mediaite.com/online/breitbart-editor-in-chief-denounces-milo-pedophilia-comments-absolutely-indefensible/
  122. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/milo-resigns-breitbart-news_us_58ac83fbe4b0e784faa20f26?
  123. #GamerGate Journalist Milo Yiannopoulos's Self-Published Poetry Book Contains Unattributed Tori Amos Lyrics
  124. Gamergate’s savage defender is a tortured soul who turns Tori Amos songs into terrible poetry
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