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Letter: Yiannopoulos’ comments were taken out of context – UNM Daily Lobo

The politically lame at the Washington Post and Salon, and their friends here at UNM, have recently took to expressing their best virtue signaling yet over a deceptively-edited video clip of Milo Yiannopoulos sharing his relationship views. I want to address Milos statements head-on, because the implications are serious. The excerpts come from an hours-long Internet livestream, which is over a year old, but recently resurfaced in the form of an edited clip from the faceless political group Reagan Battalion. In the original context, Milo talked about multi-generational relationships occurring in the gay community, noted his own experiences as a guidance-needy teen with an older man, and said a repeated caveat that he agreed with the current age of consent.

He also made a distasteful Catholic clergy joke. Milos mother is Jewish, but he was raised a Catholic and experienced clergy abuse at a young age, which he later states can explain his joke as gallows humor. The edited clip of Milos words was put out by an ambiguous political entity whose only discernible ties right now are to Evan McMullin, a (former) CIA operative and anti-Trump 2016 Presidential Candidate. Many viewing it, and not the far less eventful original context, were left with the impression that Milo condoned particularly vile sex abuse. This could not be further from the truth, and the original video shows this. Now, were left with Milo creating his own media outlet and going his own way after leaving Breitbart in response to the controversy. He sincerely apologized for the flippant joke he made in what he called the first time Ive ever apologized. Meanwhile, video is surfacing on the Internet of Bill Maher condoning relations between a 35-year old woman and a 12-year old student. In the video, his remarks are akin to those of the edited Milo video. Will the media seek to defame and ruin his career in kind? Unlike Milos political opponents, I dont want Mahers career to be attacked before getting all the facts. Maher recently spoke at UNM, too. When were in this political climate driven to emotion from one side – and to think these are the same people who saw problems with the Tea Partys emotionality. It is fatal to free expression for people to be so quick to skipping the facts.

Brian Macklin

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Instructor files ‘hostile work environment’ grievance because university let Milo on campus – The College Fix

President prioritizes free speech over safety and well-being

A doctoral student is accusing the University of Washington of creating a hostile work environment by letting anti-feminist provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos speak on campus in January.

Alan-Michael Weatherford, a diversity and queer studies instructor, filed a complaint through his labor union. He personally confronted UW President Ana Mari Cauce at a student government meeting last month, saying he was very busy taking care of your mess.

Cauce bucked heavy pressure from students and faculty to cancel the Yiannopoulos event, hosted by the UW College Republicans (UWCRs), even after someone was shot outside the building where he spoke. Doing so would embolden other protesters to try to shut down other events, Cauce later told the community.

A law professor told The College Fix that Weatherfords union complaint makes little sense legally.

Respecting free speech will only replicate systems of inequality

Weatherford made himself a target by organizing a day of resistance composed of peaceful teach-ins at the library across from Yiannopouloss venue, the instructor wrote a lengthy op-ed in The Daily.

Hours before Yiannopoulos arrived, Weatherford and his crew started marching downtown to continue the protest. They covered their faces with masks because of UWs failure to protect its own population from neo-Nazis who supported Yiannopoulos, an internet hate-mongerer, Weatherford wrote.

The instructor told Seattle Weekly that he tried to block a man who continually tried to film them as they marched.

By the next day videos and photos of his protests were circulating online, and Weatherford was doxxed when internet users found and published his email address, social media profiles and office location and hours.

He began receiving homophobic and transphobic slurs and threats of rape, while users libeled his page on RateMyProfessors, he wrote in the op-ed. (Those reviews have apparently been removed, while several new glowing reviews have since been added. His page is now limited to registered users.)

Weatherford has since shut down his social media pages and his university email is no longer listed on UWs directory. He declined to teach class the Monday after he was identified.

All of this is especially shocking, provided that I was just recently nominated for a Distinguished Teaching Award and have a great track record in teaching my own courses, Weatherford wrote. He said teaching diversity courses made him an exemplary target.

MORE: UW president says we cant shut down Milo any more than Black Lives Matter

The instructor urged students to consider the enormous differences in power, privilege and safety between people with the same constitutional rights.

I am urging you to recognize that blithely promoting free speech in all contexts without consciously and intentionally prioritizing the safety and well-being of the most vulnerable will only replicate systems of inequality, he wrote.

I ask that in the future when the University considers upholding free speech at the expense of physical safety, that the administration thinks hard about those consequences, Weatherford said.

He did not respond to interview requests from The Fix.

Falsely accused of exchanging grades for sexual favors

The instructor wasnt the first person to get doxxed in response to the Yiannopoulos event: Two weeks earlier, UWCRs President Jessie Gamble was pictured on a flyer that included phone numbers for her and her father, calling her the racist in your class.

Weatherfords department, Comparative Literature, Cinema and Media, released a statement against the hateful internet bullying, sexual harassment and violent threats against him, including claims of exchanging grades for sexual favors.

Echoing Weatherfords op-ed, the department said the behavior toward him was not protected by the First Amendment. It cited a 1992 Supreme Court ruling protecting individuals from the possibility that the threatened violence will occur.

MORE: College Republicans leader says UW employee threatened her over Milo

The instructors union complaint that allowing Yiannopoulos on campus created a hostile work environment was revealed in a lengthy feature in The Chronicle of Higher Education. After Weatherford filed a report with university police, a detective started investigating a threat against him and an officer now escorts him to class, it reported.

Grievance is just a formalized hecklers veto

George Washington University Law Prof. John Banzhaf told The Fix that Weatherfords hostile-workplace complaint is not legally actionable because it targets things which are essential to his workplace.

Most would agree that an important purpose served by a university is to permit its students to be exposed to new and often unpopular viewpoints, often by inviting (or having student groups invite) them to speak on campus, Banzhaf said in an email.

He called the filing of a grievance an update of the hecklers veto, in which the mere threat that there will be disruptive hecklers leads a university to stifle speech with which the hecklers disagree.

The UW taking Weatherfords union grievance seriously would be like acting on complaints from doctors that they may be exposed to blood with the AIDS virus, Banzhaf said.

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Students react to Milo Yiannopoulos’ falling out – The Crimson While

By Isabella Garrison | 02/27/2017 9:17pm Jacob Arthur / Alabama Crimson White

Yiannopolous spoke at the University earlier this year despite criticism.

Less that two weeks ago, Milo Yiannopoulos was one of the most in-demand figures on the political right. But on Sunday, Feb. 19, videos of prominent alt-right figure condoning pedophlilia surfaced, leading to immediate public backlash against the known provocateur.

Within a 24 hours, the Conservative Political Action Conference dropped Yiannopoulos from their 2017 mega conference, publisher Simon and Schuster canceled his book deal and Yiannopoulos fellow employees at Breitbart News threatened to quit if Yiannopoulos was not fired.

Disgraced, Yiannopoulos resigned from his position as editor of Breitbart Tech the following Tuesday and, in multiple statements, denounced pedophilia and claimed the videos released were, edited deceptively.

Response to the swift fall from public grace of Yiannopoulos has ranged from sympathy for Yiannopoulos, who spoke of being sexually assaulted at a young age, and anger that the man famed for making insensitive comments was only rejected after such an extreme statement.

The entire range of such responses was reflected among the student body at The University of Alabama.

Michael Smith, a sophomore majoring in economics and finance and the director of external affairs for the College Democrats, was surprised it took so long.

Im sad that it took something like this to put him down, when he said such horrible, disgusting things in the past,” Smith said. “But I think that there are some hard lines in the sand that Milo Yiannopoulos crossed.

Smith also commented on Yiannopouloss common use of the First Amendment as a defense for his statements arguing that he inappropriately uses it at a shield.

I am a strong believer in the first amendment, but what Milo uses the first amendment to be is a scapegoat for (his) ability to say anything he wants with no repercussions,” Smith said. “Criticizing those words is using our right of free speech to speak out against those words.

Smith also condemned both CPAC and UAs College Republicans chapter for their initial support of Yiannopoulos, who spoke at the University at a College Republicans-sponsored event in October.

Its sad that this is the first time conservatives have taken him seriously,” Smith said. “CPAC, and our own University of Alabama College Republicans had him speak when he made plenty of racist, sexist, misogynist, transphobic, homophobic comments over the years and these conservative institutions only react to this pedophilia. And Im glad they reacted to it, but I wish theyd reacted to the other things hes said.

Many conservatives view the release of the videos to be a calculated move by his opponents on the political left. Gerald Fraas, a sophomore majoring in political science and economics who serves as chairman of the UA College Republicans, echoed this view.

The sudden, calculated media expose on Mr. Yiannopoulos almost immediately after his being announced as a speaker at CPAC shows that the contents of his prior interviews was likely withheld until it was political viable,” Fraas said.

Fraas also said Milo was taken out of context, but that he should have chosen his words more precisely.

I view him as a man who made his fame as a senior editor by carefully choosing his words, but failed to do so in an interview pertaining to a topic too serious for humor, and is ultimately paying the price of his actions,” Fraas said. “I do not condone his comments.

Cameron Mixon, a sophomore majoring in political science and history and vice chairman of the College Republicans, did not agree with the initial placement of Yiannopoulos as a speaker at CPAC to begin with.

Milo Yiannopoulos should not have been a speaker at the Conservative Political Action Conference because he is not a Conservative and he himself admits that fact,” Mixon said.

Mixon did not support Yiannopoulos previous to this incident and does not support him now.

The American tradition of free speech is unparalleled by any other in human history and we must remember this when we hear speech we disagree with,” Mixon said.”We can not conflate speech with actions.

According to multiple national outlets, Yiannopoulos is reportedly establishing his own independent media company. Yiannopoulos plans to announce the new venture within the next month.

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Is Milo Yiannopoulos a pedophile? – The Courier

The medias distortion between journalism and hit pieces

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The difference between reporting objectively and creating a hit piece is a line many writers have been aggressively grinding down since the dawn of the United States. Although we can laugh at the outrageous back-and-forth scuttles between John Adams and Thomas Jefferson now, this pattern of deception has developed progressively worse as information has become more freely available.

Whether its for ad dollars or to propel themselves into the spotlight, modern writers create divisions in our societys perception of what being a journalist means versus the definition of being a celebrity or political pundit.

Bomb shelters of ideologies have been built like the imaginary border wall in Donald Trumps mind with the advent of the internet. Websites like Breitbart on the right and the Huffington Post on the left force people to stew in the good, the bad and their respectively skewed interpretation of life to brainwash masses and solidify their beliefs.

Milo Yannopoulos, a professional provocateur and former editor at Breitbart, is an exemplary figure to explain the difference between journalist and celebrity writer, not only because of his own work but as well the reasons why he has been recently under fire by mainstream media.

As he progressed from a technology writer to a conservative Jewish catholic gay figure in the political media atmosphere, his writing has become more sensational. He has evolved into a sort of comedic political pundit with the amount of provocation he has blazed across America, from his click-baiting articles to his Dangerous Faggot college tour he conducted throughout 2016.

As the saying goes, you either love him or you hate him. With his college tour, he has polarized people across the political spectrum through illustrating the need for free speech. He has made comments about everything, from using a car battery to electroshock the gay out of people to pointing out professors who force their opinions down the throats of students with the threat of failing their class.

This past week, Yiannopoulos has been under fire by an entire spectrum of media for comments he made on a podcast that he was a guest on over a year ago, pertaining to his own sexual past. When he was a 13, he was sexually involved with a man who was well over 18. This experience has led him to the opinion that young teenagers under the legal age of consent have the ability to mindfully consent to sex with an older male.

On the podcast, he specifically stated that the current legal age is probably about right, however his experience and his interpretation of it has obviously skewed his point of view. In the podcast, he compares high school boys having sex with their female teachers to his own experience, where he was the sexual predator and how beneficial he thought it was having this encounter at an early age. Afterwards, he then talked about him beginning a 10-year-long relationship with a 29-year-old man when he was 17.

Is he defending pedophilia? Yes.

No one can deny he was talking about how a 13-year-old having consensual sex with an adult can be beneficial to the younger partys sexual development. That is advocating statutory rape. However, the media vilifying him is backwards due to this sort of opinion being closely related to Stockholm Syndrome behavior.

The media sat on this story for over a year until the information was permeant to destroy Yiannopouloss career. Its obvious due to how as soon as he was announced to be speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) as a figure of the conservative movement, this information leaked and it ultimately dismantled multiple parts of his life.

He was automatically barred from speaking at CPAC, he lost his book deal with Simon and Schuster, and he resigned from his Tech Editor position at Breitbart as to not hold his colleagues back from this bad publicity.

If the media cared about catching a pedophile supporter, then why would they wait until he becomes such a big figure in the conservative movement to release the information? The media used this ammunition to detriment and belittle a victim of sexual abuse rather than help him.

The media is obviously scared of Yiannopoulos due to his boisterous nature, and how powerful he has become in the conservative movement, especially with college-age new voters. His words resonate sharply in people who despise the modern left-leaning college campus. With that power in his hands, the media saw it fit that the only way to take him down was to make him fall farther than he could ever imagine by making people believe a victim of sexual abuse is a pedophile.

This was a hit piece to destroy someones career, not journalism. The difference between the two is that one is keeping a person accountable for their behavior, while the other is malicious and toxic to the entire media community. To be a journalist, one must keep an objective view and display all the facts to their readers. This distortion of reality took advantage of Yiannopouloss soft spot and damaged his image through treachery, not integrity.

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I recognize that furious, screaming child that lives inside Milo Yiannopoulos – The Globe and Mail

Understanding behaviour and condoning behaviour are two different actions. They only sound alike, and in our era of instant likes and emoji disapprovals, it can be difficult to sort out the intent from the response. To say you get why a person has done a bad thing often leaves you open for the criticism that you are endorsing said bad thing. I use this rule: I understand why a drunk driver crashes his car into a tree. Because he was drunk, and behind the wheel. I do not condone drinking and driving, because it kills people (and trees).

Distasteful celebrities like former alt-right darling and professional bigot Milo Yiannopoulos, however, make this distinction more difficult to parse. Yiannopoulos is a nasty and cruel hate-monger, a vicious creature propped up by the U.S. far-right who enriched himself by selling prejudice, racism and lies. And until his spectacular fall from the conservative clouds earlier in February, Yiannopoulos was being touted as the new Ann Coulter.

Again, no reasonable person could ever condone Yiannopouloss writings or the ideas he disseminated. Personally, I am unable to read more than a paragraph of his essays. I cannot bear to watch him on television. And yet, to my horror, I think I now understand what propels a person like Yiannopoulos to make a living off of hate.

Yiannopoulos has been set adrift by his former comrades in the alt-right due to the ill-informed (to put it mildly) comments he made while being interviewed for a podcast. In that interview, he cited his own experience of sexual abuse as a child to then suggest that some sexual relations between adults and children could be perfectly consensual. When I first heard of these career-killing remarks, I suddenly realized how much sense his dreadful behaviour made to me.

Like Yiannopoulos, I am also a survivor of child sexual abuse, and Im glad the life choices I made in my early adulthood did not turn me into a monster. And hell knows my own ground was fertile for just such a result.

When you are sexually abused as a child, you grow into your adult sexuality full of rage. Your first experiences of sexuality are poisoned by distrust, anger and confusion. You have learned to hate being sexual. And yet, there you are, out in the world, horny and trying to have fun and new experiences.

You are faced with an infuriating interior conflict: any act of sexual expression feels toxic, no matter how romantic or thrilling it might be at first, but you nevertheless want sex, like everybody else, like all the happy people. Subsequently, you lash out at everything that seems normal and contented. I certainly did.

Sexual-abuse survivors easily drift into what a friend of mine once dubbed rageaholism. The only reaction, sometimes the only emotion that makes sense to you as a young adult is anger, mountains of anger. Anger, you know; anger is your oldest friend. I lashed out at everyone around me in my twenties. I sought out aggressive social movements and politics. I made very angry art. And every time I lashed out, directly or via my works, I felt confirmed in my actions because anger feeds on itself. And then I sought help and broke the cycle. I consider myself lucky, not smart.

Now, lets state the obvious: People make choices. Yiannopoulos chose to become famous by hurting others. He chose to transform his rage into a one-man campaign of vitriol. He even turned on his own (and my) community and became an anti-gay gay. There is no way to make his behaviour acceptable. But there is a way to understand it. Perhaps that sounds too kind, too generous? But I will never apologize for trying to understand other people, even those least worthy of the gesture, because I dont want another Milo Yiannopoulos to take up where the original left off.

As a victim of childhood sexual abuse, he was, in essence, trained by the abuse and its lingering aftershocks to become a spectacular monster. Thats what sexual abuse does to the adult survivor: It offers you an opportunity to become what you dislike most about yourself and then regard that persona as your correct, natural identity. Sexual abuse leads you down a hall of mirrors and rewards you with a false sense of (always temporary) calm if you decide that the most warped reflection, the most broken mirror, matches your reality.

Yiannopouloss decision as he walked down that shiny hallway, the decision to not fight the lowest instincts he was taught to naturalize, and indeed to profit off his basest impulses, makes him all the more repellent. He chose the easy way out of the looking-glass nightmare, chose to keep on raging.

I cannot condone his actions. But I recognize that furious, screaming child that lives inside of him.

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TMZ on MILO: ‘Sorry, Haters, I Have a Plan to Stay in the U.S.’

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Meet the 16-year-old Canadian girl who took down Milo Yiannopoulos – Vox

The story of Milo Yiannopouloss fall from conservative grace ended when a conservative blog posted video footage of him making comments that seemed to rationalize pedophilia. But it started when a 16-year-old high school student in Canada decided Yiannopoulos was embraced much too closely by mainstream conservatives.

The teen was moved to dig up footage on Yiannopoulos when she heard that hed been invited to speak at the highest profile gathering of conservatives each year in America, the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). She defines herself as very socially liberal, but leans right on economics and foreign policy. Yiannopoulos, who has built his personal brand on anti-Muslim, anti-feminism, and general bigotry, exemplifies the place where she doesnt believe the conservative movement should go.

I see Milo as this embodiment of the awfulness you see over the past few years with the general tilt of millennial conservatism, said the teen. Its diverged from this traditional conservatism so much. Youve seen it essentially become full of awfulness and all about attacking the left and not about actual principles. It has nothing to do with conservative ideology so much as it has with opposing the leftists, SJWs, and so on and so forth.

Within days of his old statements coming to light, Yiannopoulos lost his spot at CPAC, his book deal, and his job at the ultra-conservative website Breitbart.

I am keeping the teens name and social media accounts out of the story because of her and her parents request to protect her safety, and will only refer to her as Julia. But we have confirmed her identity and her communications with the conservative blog that resurfaced the Yiannopoulos tape for a wide audience.

Many critics have tried and failed to take Yiannopoulos down, from feminists to other liberals who despise his bigoted messages. But those efforts only buoyed his appeal among his fan base on the far right, rocketing his profile among movements like the alt-right, a far-right fringe movement that spouts white nationalist ideals and opposes social liberalism. But this 16-year-old helped take Yiannopoulos down by managing to get not just the left angry at him, but the right as well.

Julia closely follows political news from her home in Canada, with a deep interest in American politics. She has been particularly alarmed by the recent rise of Yiannopoulos and others like him. So as soon as she heard Yiannopoulos would speak at CPAC, she was appalled.

Then an old moment popped in her head. She remembered hearing an obscure podcast, the Drunken Peasants, in which Yiannopoulos, responding to a video by YouTube pundit Kevin Logan, defended the idea of 13-year-olds having sex with older men, arguing that child molestation provided a sort of coming of age relationship for teenagers.

Her memory was right. She found the July 2016 clip.

She didnt think shed have much luck spreading the news herself with her small Twitter following, so she contacted a conservative outlet to get the story out. She figured a liberal outlet would have less credibility among CPAC followers.

She landed on the previously not-very-well-known conservative blog Reagan Battalion, which, after a bit of back and forth, tweeted out the video leading not just to CPAC canceling Yiannopouloss speech, but to Simon & Schuster pulling his already controversial book deal and his resignation from Breitbart.

I thought it would only get, like, 200 retweets, Julia said. I had no idea that it would blow up to the extent that it did.

It ended up at thousands of retweets.

Reagan Battalion confirmed that screenshots of Julias conversation with the blog were legit. As the screenshots show and as she relayed to Vox, she first saw the Reagan Battalion tweet out other videos showing Yiannopoulos making offensive comments. She told Reagan Battalion that theres more damaging stuff out there. In private messages, she linked the video to them, with specific timestamps for Yiannopouloss prochild molestation comments.

The teens mom couldnt have been more proud of her kid, initially contacting Vox because she said her daughters story deserves more attention. She told me that the Canadian family is more libertarian than anything, but theyre nonetheless devastated to see that Orange Julius win. And in particular, theyre dismayed by reactionaries taking over the conservative movement and especially the alt-right, a movement that Yiannopoulos had become a leader for through his provocative, extreme work at Breitbart.

Julia and her mom have taken part in some activism before, including at a Womens March last month. But when Yiannopoulos was invited to talk at CPAC, this Canadian teenager saw an opening. She worked to get his speech canceled and she won.

The Canadian 16-year-old had a concise way of describing Yiannopoulos: Hed be more accurately described as anti-liberal than he would be conservative.

This is an accurate description of the reactionary movement Yiannopoulos is a part of. Its not necessarily that they support any specific conservative policies or political ideals; they by and large just oppose social liberalism multiculturalism, cosmopolitanism, equality for people of all races, religions, and genders, and so on.

One of the reasons Yiannopoulos blended in so well with reactionary conservatives despite being an openly gay man is because he spouted the anti-feminist, anti-Muslim, and otherwise bigoted messages that the fringe movement trumpets. To them, his bigoted comments have become an example of Yiannopoulos standing up for free speech and against political correctness by plainly saying what many of them believe despite opposition from the left.

Yiannopoulos, for example, said that he went gay so he didnt have to deal with nutty broads. He suggested that gay and transgender people are disordered. He set up the Yiannopoulos Privilege Grant, a college scholarship available only to white men to put them on equal footing with their female, queer and ethnic minority classmates. And he flashed his sexuality as a gay man in ways that he knew would offend liberals, like when he wrote an article headlined My Grindr Profile Says ‘No Whites’ Am I Racist? in which he exoticized and stereotyped black men.

As my colleague Zack Beauchamp explained, Yiannopouloss entire shtick is to say something inflammatory, anger a whole lot of people (particularly on the left), get widespread media attention, refuse to back down, and say he did it all to stand up for free speech because no one can control what he says. Yiannopoulos pushes the boundaries just enough to force this chain of events, which conveniently prop him up as a hero.

Reactionary movements like the alt-right and Gamergate love this. As they see it, political correctness has stifled discourse, particularly on college campuses. So when someone like Yiannopoulos purposely says offensive things, they celebrate it as a brave defense of free speech.

Indeed, this is why CPAC said it invited him to speak. As American Conservative Union Chair Matt Schlapp said, We initially extended the invitation knowing that the free speech issue on college campuses is a battlefield where we need brave, conservative standard-bearers.

But as many people are quick to point out, much of this just seems like an excuse to say horrible things. Yiannopoulos isnt pushing the boundaries of free speech to make salient political arguments; hes just said provocative things that denigrate minorities, women, and especially feminists and even defended child molestation. All of this is meant to anger liberals, but theres really not much substance there.

Still, reactionaries such as Yiannopoulos and the alt-right, despite initially remaining on the fringes of conservatism, have made an impact most recently helping Trump get elected. They loved that Trump was essentially willing to do and say whatever he wanted, from decrying political correctness repeatedly on the campaign trail to proposing outright bigoted policies like banning Muslims from entering the US. This was the kind of candidate people like Yiannopoulos, who took to calling Trump daddy, had long hoped for.

This terrified a lot of liberals and conservatives, including the Canadian teenager who helped bring down Yiannopoulos. With Trump and his support from reactionaries, they were worried that we were seeing the mainstreaming of a fringe of the far, far right and that could have horrible consequences for the Republican Party, America, and the world.

America is a global power, and it affects the entire world, Julia said. Whatever Trump says now in terms of foreign policy does change the course of world history and does alter not just Americas position in the world but it will also affect Western civilizations position in the world stage. To this end, she added, Theres not a politician in American politics today that would be worse than Donald Trump.

Still, that an anonymous Canadian 16-year-old had the ability to take down Yiannopoulos by teaming up with a conservative blog like the Reagan Battalion shows the resistance against Trump and reactionaries more broadly really can work.

Consider CPACs position: They thought they would get away with inviting someone as inflammatory as Yiannopoulos, despite his past bigoted remarks. In doing this, they were pushing the boundaries of the acceptable potentially letting a hateful man speak in detail about his ideas on a mainstream conservative stage, supposedly in the defense of free speech.

Then it all backfired. And CPAC, along with Yiannopouloss publishers and Breitbart, disowned him.

If youre an organization like CPAC looking at all of this, it will probably make you think twice about giving someone like Yiannopoulos a platform. Maybe these reactionaries really are a dangerous kind of breed of conservatism, and they should be treated as such.

The Canadian teenager said she hopes this is the lesson conservatives draw from the Yiannopoulos debacle. And more broadly, she hopes that her actions will push groups like CPAC to stand up for traditionally conservative values instead of embracing provocative figures just because they attack the left.

You shouldnt have to feel intimidated to stand up for what you believe in, she said. Hopefully theyll realize that you cant keep being this reactionary movement if you can even call it that. You cant just keep looking for enemies to attack and pointing the finger. Eventually, you have to stand up for something.

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Letter: Yiannopoulos’ comments were taken out of context – UNM Daily Lobo

The politically lame at the Washington Post and Salon, and their friends here at UNM, have recently took to expressing their best virtue signaling yet over a deceptively-edited video clip of Milo Yiannopoulos sharing his relationship views. I want to address Milos statements head-on, because the implications are serious. The excerpts come from an hours-long Internet livestream, which is over a year old, but recently resurfaced in the form of an edited clip from the faceless political group Reagan Battalion. In the original context, Milo talked about multi-generational relationships occurring in the gay community, noted his own experiences as a guidance-needy teen with an older man, and said a repeated caveat that he agreed with the current age of consent. He also made a distasteful Catholic clergy joke. Milos mother is Jewish, but he was raised a Catholic and experienced clergy abuse at a young age, which he later states can explain his joke as gallows humor. The edited clip of Milos words was put out by an ambiguous political entity whose only discernible ties right now are to Evan McMullin, a (former) CIA operative and anti-Trump 2016 Presidential Candidate. Many viewing it, and not the far less eventful original context, were left with the impression that Milo condoned particularly vile sex abuse. This could not be further from the truth, and the original video shows this. Now, were left with Milo creating his own media outlet and going his own way after leaving Breitbart in response to the controversy. He sincerely apologized for the flippant joke he made in what he called the first time Ive ever apologized. Meanwhile, video is surfacing on the Internet of Bill Maher condoning relations between a 35-year old woman and a 12-year old student. In the video, his remarks are akin to those of the edited Milo video. Will the media seek to defame and ruin his career in kind? Unlike Milos political opponents, I dont want Mahers career to be attacked before getting all the facts. Maher recently spoke at UNM, too. When were in this political climate driven to emotion from one side – and to think these are the same people who saw problems with the Tea Partys emotionality. It is fatal to free expression for people to be so quick to skipping the facts. Brian Macklin

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Instructor files ‘hostile work environment’ grievance because university let Milo on campus – The College Fix

President prioritizes free speech over safety and well-being A doctoral student is accusing the University of Washington of creating a hostile work environment by letting anti-feminist provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos speak on campus in January. Alan-Michael Weatherford, a diversity and queer studies instructor, filed a complaint through his labor union. He personally confronted UW President Ana Mari Cauce at a student government meeting last month, saying he was very busy taking care of your mess. Cauce bucked heavy pressure from students and faculty to cancel the Yiannopoulos event, hosted by the UW College Republicans (UWCRs), even after someone was shot outside the building where he spoke. Doing so would embolden other protesters to try to shut down other events, Cauce later told the community. A law professor told The College Fix that Weatherfords union complaint makes little sense legally. Respecting free speech will only replicate systems of inequality Weatherford made himself a target by organizing a day of resistance composed of peaceful teach-ins at the library across from Yiannopouloss venue, the instructor wrote a lengthy op-ed in The Daily. Hours before Yiannopoulos arrived, Weatherford and his crew started marching downtown to continue the protest. They covered their faces with masks because of UWs failure to protect its own population from neo-Nazis who supported Yiannopoulos, an internet hate-mongerer, Weatherford wrote. The instructor told Seattle Weekly that he tried to block a man who continually tried to film them as they marched. By the next day videos and photos of his protests were circulating online, and Weatherford was doxxed when internet users found and published his email address, social media profiles and office location and hours. He began receiving homophobic and transphobic slurs and threats of rape, while users libeled his page on RateMyProfessors, he wrote in the op-ed. (Those reviews have apparently been removed, while several new glowing reviews have since been added. His page is now limited to registered users.) Weatherford has since shut down his social media pages and his university email is no longer listed on UWs directory. He declined to teach class the Monday after he was identified. All of this is especially shocking, provided that I was just recently nominated for a Distinguished Teaching Award and have a great track record in teaching my own courses, Weatherford wrote. He said teaching diversity courses made him an exemplary target. MORE: UW president says we cant shut down Milo any more than Black Lives Matter The instructor urged students to consider the enormous differences in power, privilege and safety between people with the same constitutional rights. I am urging you to recognize that blithely promoting free speech in all contexts without consciously and intentionally prioritizing the safety and well-being of the most vulnerable will only replicate systems of inequality, he wrote. I ask that in the future when the University considers upholding free speech at the expense of physical safety, that the administration thinks hard about those consequences, Weatherford said. He did not respond to interview requests from The Fix. Falsely accused of exchanging grades for sexual favors The instructor wasnt the first person to get doxxed in response to the Yiannopoulos event: Two weeks earlier, UWCRs President Jessie Gamble was pictured on a flyer that included phone numbers for her and her father, calling her the racist in your class. Weatherfords department, Comparative Literature, Cinema and Media, released a statement against the hateful internet bullying, sexual harassment and violent threats against him, including claims of exchanging grades for sexual favors. Echoing Weatherfords op-ed, the department said the behavior toward him was not protected by the First Amendment. It cited a 1992 Supreme Court ruling protecting individuals from the possibility that the threatened violence will occur. MORE: College Republicans leader says UW employee threatened her over Milo The instructors union complaint that allowing Yiannopoulos on campus created a hostile work environment was revealed in a lengthy feature in The Chronicle of Higher Education. After Weatherford filed a report with university police, a detective started investigating a threat against him and an officer now escorts him to class, it reported. Grievance is just a formalized hecklers veto George Washington University Law Prof. John Banzhaf told The Fix that Weatherfords hostile-workplace complaint is not legally actionable because it targets things which are essential to his workplace. Most would agree that an important purpose served by a university is to permit its students to be exposed to new and often unpopular viewpoints, often by inviting (or having student groups invite) them to speak on campus, Banzhaf said in an email. He called the filing of a grievance an update of the hecklers veto, in which the mere threat that there will be disruptive hecklers leads a university to stifle speech with which the hecklers disagree. The UW taking Weatherfords union grievance seriously would be like acting on complaints from doctors that they may be exposed to blood with the AIDS virus, Banzhaf said. MORE: UC-Davis protesters force cancellation of Milo event Like The College Fix on Facebook / Follow us on Twitter IMAGES:DarkBird/Shutterstock, The Daily screenshots About the Author CollegeFix contributor Grace Curtisis a rising senior at Converse College and studies English literature and writing. In addition to The Fix,Grace writes for her college newspaper, The Conversationalist, and contributes to The Odyssey.

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Eli Lake: A modest proposal to troll Geneva with Milo Yiannopoulos – Kansas City Star (blog)

Kansas City Star (blog) Eli Lake: A modest proposal to troll Geneva with Milo Yiannopoulos Kansas City Star (blog) Yes, that Milo Yiannopoulos . The man who was banned from Twitter for encouraging racist attacks on actress Leslie Jones. The man who was disinvited from the Conservative Political Action Conference for his quip in defense of relationships between … and more »

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Students react to Milo Yiannopoulos’ falling out – The Crimson While

By Isabella Garrison | 02/27/2017 9:17pm Jacob Arthur / Alabama Crimson White Yiannopolous spoke at the University earlier this year despite criticism. Less that two weeks ago, Milo Yiannopoulos was one of the most in-demand figures on the political right. But on Sunday, Feb. 19, videos of prominent alt-right figure condoning pedophlilia surfaced, leading to immediate public backlash against the known provocateur. Within a 24 hours, the Conservative Political Action Conference dropped Yiannopoulos from their 2017 mega conference, publisher Simon and Schuster canceled his book deal and Yiannopoulos fellow employees at Breitbart News threatened to quit if Yiannopoulos was not fired. Disgraced, Yiannopoulos resigned from his position as editor of Breitbart Tech the following Tuesday and, in multiple statements, denounced pedophilia and claimed the videos released were, edited deceptively. Response to the swift fall from public grace of Yiannopoulos has ranged from sympathy for Yiannopoulos, who spoke of being sexually assaulted at a young age, and anger that the man famed for making insensitive comments was only rejected after such an extreme statement. The entire range of such responses was reflected among the student body at The University of Alabama. Michael Smith, a sophomore majoring in economics and finance and the director of external affairs for the College Democrats, was surprised it took so long. Im sad that it took something like this to put him down, when he said such horrible, disgusting things in the past,” Smith said. “But I think that there are some hard lines in the sand that Milo Yiannopoulos crossed. Smith also commented on Yiannopouloss common use of the First Amendment as a defense for his statements arguing that he inappropriately uses it at a shield. I am a strong believer in the first amendment, but what Milo uses the first amendment to be is a scapegoat for (his) ability to say anything he wants with no repercussions,” Smith said. “Criticizing those words is using our right of free speech to speak out against those words. Smith also condemned both CPAC and UAs College Republicans chapter for their initial support of Yiannopoulos, who spoke at the University at a College Republicans-sponsored event in October. Its sad that this is the first time conservatives have taken him seriously,” Smith said. “CPAC, and our own University of Alabama College Republicans had him speak when he made plenty of racist, sexist, misogynist, transphobic, homophobic comments over the years and these conservative institutions only react to this pedophilia. And Im glad they reacted to it, but I wish theyd reacted to the other things hes said. Many conservatives view the release of the videos to be a calculated move by his opponents on the political left. Gerald Fraas, a sophomore majoring in political science and economics who serves as chairman of the UA College Republicans, echoed this view. The sudden, calculated media expose on Mr. Yiannopoulos almost immediately after his being announced as a speaker at CPAC shows that the contents of his prior interviews was likely withheld until it was political viable,” Fraas said. Fraas also said Milo was taken out of context, but that he should have chosen his words more precisely. I view him as a man who made his fame as a senior editor by carefully choosing his words, but failed to do so in an interview pertaining to a topic too serious for humor, and is ultimately paying the price of his actions,” Fraas said. “I do not condone his comments. Cameron Mixon, a sophomore majoring in political science and history and vice chairman of the College Republicans, did not agree with the initial placement of Yiannopoulos as a speaker at CPAC to begin with. Milo Yiannopoulos should not have been a speaker at the Conservative Political Action Conference because he is not a Conservative and he himself admits that fact,” Mixon said. Mixon did not support Yiannopoulos previous to this incident and does not support him now. The American tradition of free speech is unparalleled by any other in human history and we must remember this when we hear speech we disagree with,” Mixon said.”We can not conflate speech with actions. According to multiple national outlets, Yiannopoulos is reportedly establishing his own independent media company. Yiannopoulos plans to announce the new venture within the next month.

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Is Milo Yiannopoulos a pedophile? – The Courier

The medias distortion between journalism and hit pieces Share on Facebook Share via Email The difference between reporting objectively and creating a hit piece is a line many writers have been aggressively grinding down since the dawn of the United States. Although we can laugh at the outrageous back-and-forth scuttles between John Adams and Thomas Jefferson now, this pattern of deception has developed progressively worse as information has become more freely available. Whether its for ad dollars or to propel themselves into the spotlight, modern writers create divisions in our societys perception of what being a journalist means versus the definition of being a celebrity or political pundit. Bomb shelters of ideologies have been built like the imaginary border wall in Donald Trumps mind with the advent of the internet. Websites like Breitbart on the right and the Huffington Post on the left force people to stew in the good, the bad and their respectively skewed interpretation of life to brainwash masses and solidify their beliefs. Milo Yannopoulos, a professional provocateur and former editor at Breitbart, is an exemplary figure to explain the difference between journalist and celebrity writer, not only because of his own work but as well the reasons why he has been recently under fire by mainstream media. As he progressed from a technology writer to a conservative Jewish catholic gay figure in the political media atmosphere, his writing has become more sensational. He has evolved into a sort of comedic political pundit with the amount of provocation he has blazed across America, from his click-baiting articles to his Dangerous Faggot college tour he conducted throughout 2016. As the saying goes, you either love him or you hate him. With his college tour, he has polarized people across the political spectrum through illustrating the need for free speech. He has made comments about everything, from using a car battery to electroshock the gay out of people to pointing out professors who force their opinions down the throats of students with the threat of failing their class. This past week, Yiannopoulos has been under fire by an entire spectrum of media for comments he made on a podcast that he was a guest on over a year ago, pertaining to his own sexual past. When he was a 13, he was sexually involved with a man who was well over 18. This experience has led him to the opinion that young teenagers under the legal age of consent have the ability to mindfully consent to sex with an older male. On the podcast, he specifically stated that the current legal age is probably about right, however his experience and his interpretation of it has obviously skewed his point of view. In the podcast, he compares high school boys having sex with their female teachers to his own experience, where he was the sexual predator and how beneficial he thought it was having this encounter at an early age. Afterwards, he then talked about him beginning a 10-year-long relationship with a 29-year-old man when he was 17. Is he defending pedophilia? Yes. No one can deny he was talking about how a 13-year-old having consensual sex with an adult can be beneficial to the younger partys sexual development. That is advocating statutory rape. However, the media vilifying him is backwards due to this sort of opinion being closely related to Stockholm Syndrome behavior. The media sat on this story for over a year until the information was permeant to destroy Yiannopouloss career. Its obvious due to how as soon as he was announced to be speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) as a figure of the conservative movement, this information leaked and it ultimately dismantled multiple parts of his life. He was automatically barred from speaking at CPAC, he lost his book deal with Simon and Schuster, and he resigned from his Tech Editor position at Breitbart as to not hold his colleagues back from this bad publicity. If the media cared about catching a pedophile supporter, then why would they wait until he becomes such a big figure in the conservative movement to release the information? The media used this ammunition to detriment and belittle a victim of sexual abuse rather than help him. The media is obviously scared of Yiannopoulos due to his boisterous nature, and how powerful he has become in the conservative movement, especially with college-age new voters. His words resonate sharply in people who despise the modern left-leaning college campus. With that power in his hands, the media saw it fit that the only way to take him down was to make him fall farther than he could ever imagine by making people believe a victim of sexual abuse is a pedophile. This was a hit piece to destroy someones career, not journalism. The difference between the two is that one is keeping a person accountable for their behavior, while the other is malicious and toxic to the entire media community. To be a journalist, one must keep an objective view and display all the facts to their readers. This distortion of reality took advantage of Yiannopouloss soft spot and damaged his image through treachery, not integrity.

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I recognize that furious, screaming child that lives inside Milo Yiannopoulos – The Globe and Mail

Understanding behaviour and condoning behaviour are two different actions. They only sound alike, and in our era of instant likes and emoji disapprovals, it can be difficult to sort out the intent from the response. To say you get why a person has done a bad thing often leaves you open for the criticism that you are endorsing said bad thing. I use this rule: I understand why a drunk driver crashes his car into a tree. Because he was drunk, and behind the wheel. I do not condone drinking and driving, because it kills people (and trees). Distasteful celebrities like former alt-right darling and professional bigot Milo Yiannopoulos, however, make this distinction more difficult to parse. Yiannopoulos is a nasty and cruel hate-monger, a vicious creature propped up by the U.S. far-right who enriched himself by selling prejudice, racism and lies. And until his spectacular fall from the conservative clouds earlier in February, Yiannopoulos was being touted as the new Ann Coulter. Again, no reasonable person could ever condone Yiannopouloss writings or the ideas he disseminated. Personally, I am unable to read more than a paragraph of his essays. I cannot bear to watch him on television. And yet, to my horror, I think I now understand what propels a person like Yiannopoulos to make a living off of hate. Yiannopoulos has been set adrift by his former comrades in the alt-right due to the ill-informed (to put it mildly) comments he made while being interviewed for a podcast. In that interview, he cited his own experience of sexual abuse as a child to then suggest that some sexual relations between adults and children could be perfectly consensual. When I first heard of these career-killing remarks, I suddenly realized how much sense his dreadful behaviour made to me. Like Yiannopoulos, I am also a survivor of child sexual abuse, and Im glad the life choices I made in my early adulthood did not turn me into a monster. And hell knows my own ground was fertile for just such a result. When you are sexually abused as a child, you grow into your adult sexuality full of rage. Your first experiences of sexuality are poisoned by distrust, anger and confusion. You have learned to hate being sexual. And yet, there you are, out in the world, horny and trying to have fun and new experiences. You are faced with an infuriating interior conflict: any act of sexual expression feels toxic, no matter how romantic or thrilling it might be at first, but you nevertheless want sex, like everybody else, like all the happy people. Subsequently, you lash out at everything that seems normal and contented. I certainly did. Sexual-abuse survivors easily drift into what a friend of mine once dubbed rageaholism. The only reaction, sometimes the only emotion that makes sense to you as a young adult is anger, mountains of anger. Anger, you know; anger is your oldest friend. I lashed out at everyone around me in my twenties. I sought out aggressive social movements and politics. I made very angry art. And every time I lashed out, directly or via my works, I felt confirmed in my actions because anger feeds on itself. And then I sought help and broke the cycle. I consider myself lucky, not smart. Now, lets state the obvious: People make choices. Yiannopoulos chose to become famous by hurting others. He chose to transform his rage into a one-man campaign of vitriol. He even turned on his own (and my) community and became an anti-gay gay. There is no way to make his behaviour acceptable. But there is a way to understand it. Perhaps that sounds too kind, too generous? But I will never apologize for trying to understand other people, even those least worthy of the gesture, because I dont want another Milo Yiannopoulos to take up where the original left off. As a victim of childhood sexual abuse, he was, in essence, trained by the abuse and its lingering aftershocks to become a spectacular monster. Thats what sexual abuse does to the adult survivor: It offers you an opportunity to become what you dislike most about yourself and then regard that persona as your correct, natural identity. Sexual abuse leads you down a hall of mirrors and rewards you with a false sense of (always temporary) calm if you decide that the most warped reflection, the most broken mirror, matches your reality. Yiannopouloss decision as he walked down that shiny hallway, the decision to not fight the lowest instincts he was taught to naturalize, and indeed to profit off his basest impulses, makes him all the more repellent. He chose the easy way out of the looking-glass nightmare, chose to keep on raging. I cannot condone his actions. But I recognize that furious, screaming child that lives inside of him. Follow us on Twitter: @globeandmail

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TMZ on MILO: ‘Sorry, Haters, I Have a Plan to Stay in the U.S.’

TMZ reports that former Breitbart Senior Editor MILO has a plan to continue living in the United States following his resignation from Breitbart News.

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Meet the 16-year-old Canadian girl who took down Milo Yiannopoulos – Vox

The story of Milo Yiannopouloss fall from conservative grace ended when a conservative blog posted video footage of him making comments that seemed to rationalize pedophilia. But it started when a 16-year-old high school student in Canada decided Yiannopoulos was embraced much too closely by mainstream conservatives. The teen was moved to dig up footage on Yiannopoulos when she heard that hed been invited to speak at the highest profile gathering of conservatives each year in America, the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). She defines herself as very socially liberal, but leans right on economics and foreign policy. Yiannopoulos, who has built his personal brand on anti-Muslim, anti-feminism, and general bigotry, exemplifies the place where she doesnt believe the conservative movement should go. I see Milo as this embodiment of the awfulness you see over the past few years with the general tilt of millennial conservatism, said the teen. Its diverged from this traditional conservatism so much. Youve seen it essentially become full of awfulness and all about attacking the left and not about actual principles. It has nothing to do with conservative ideology so much as it has with opposing the leftists, SJWs, and so on and so forth. Within days of his old statements coming to light, Yiannopoulos lost his spot at CPAC, his book deal, and his job at the ultra-conservative website Breitbart. I am keeping the teens name and social media accounts out of the story because of her and her parents request to protect her safety, and will only refer to her as Julia. But we have confirmed her identity and her communications with the conservative blog that resurfaced the Yiannopoulos tape for a wide audience. Many critics have tried and failed to take Yiannopoulos down, from feminists to other liberals who despise his bigoted messages. But those efforts only buoyed his appeal among his fan base on the far right, rocketing his profile among movements like the alt-right, a far-right fringe movement that spouts white nationalist ideals and opposes social liberalism. But this 16-year-old helped take Yiannopoulos down by managing to get not just the left angry at him, but the right as well. Julia closely follows political news from her home in Canada, with a deep interest in American politics. She has been particularly alarmed by the recent rise of Yiannopoulos and others like him. So as soon as she heard Yiannopoulos would speak at CPAC, she was appalled. Then an old moment popped in her head. She remembered hearing an obscure podcast, the Drunken Peasants, in which Yiannopoulos, responding to a video by YouTube pundit Kevin Logan, defended the idea of 13-year-olds having sex with older men, arguing that child molestation provided a sort of coming of age relationship for teenagers. Her memory was right. She found the July 2016 clip. She didnt think shed have much luck spreading the news herself with her small Twitter following, so she contacted a conservative outlet to get the story out. She figured a liberal outlet would have less credibility among CPAC followers. She landed on the previously not-very-well-known conservative blog Reagan Battalion, which, after a bit of back and forth, tweeted out the video leading not just to CPAC canceling Yiannopouloss speech, but to Simon & Schuster pulling his already controversial book deal and his resignation from Breitbart. I thought it would only get, like, 200 retweets, Julia said. I had no idea that it would blow up to the extent that it did. It ended up at thousands of retweets. Reagan Battalion confirmed that screenshots of Julias conversation with the blog were legit. As the screenshots show and as she relayed to Vox, she first saw the Reagan Battalion tweet out other videos showing Yiannopoulos making offensive comments. She told Reagan Battalion that theres more damaging stuff out there. In private messages, she linked the video to them, with specific timestamps for Yiannopouloss prochild molestation comments. The teens mom couldnt have been more proud of her kid, initially contacting Vox because she said her daughters story deserves more attention. She told me that the Canadian family is more libertarian than anything, but theyre nonetheless devastated to see that Orange Julius win. And in particular, theyre dismayed by reactionaries taking over the conservative movement and especially the alt-right, a movement that Yiannopoulos had become a leader for through his provocative, extreme work at Breitbart. Julia and her mom have taken part in some activism before, including at a Womens March last month. But when Yiannopoulos was invited to talk at CPAC, this Canadian teenager saw an opening. She worked to get his speech canceled and she won. The Canadian 16-year-old had a concise way of describing Yiannopoulos: Hed be more accurately described as anti-liberal than he would be conservative. This is an accurate description of the reactionary movement Yiannopoulos is a part of. Its not necessarily that they support any specific conservative policies or political ideals; they by and large just oppose social liberalism multiculturalism, cosmopolitanism, equality for people of all races, religions, and genders, and so on. One of the reasons Yiannopoulos blended in so well with reactionary conservatives despite being an openly gay man is because he spouted the anti-feminist, anti-Muslim, and otherwise bigoted messages that the fringe movement trumpets. To them, his bigoted comments have become an example of Yiannopoulos standing up for free speech and against political correctness by plainly saying what many of them believe despite opposition from the left. Yiannopoulos, for example, said that he went gay so he didnt have to deal with nutty broads. He suggested that gay and transgender people are disordered. He set up the Yiannopoulos Privilege Grant, a college scholarship available only to white men to put them on equal footing with their female, queer and ethnic minority classmates. And he flashed his sexuality as a gay man in ways that he knew would offend liberals, like when he wrote an article headlined My Grindr Profile Says ‘No Whites’ Am I Racist? in which he exoticized and stereotyped black men. As my colleague Zack Beauchamp explained, Yiannopouloss entire shtick is to say something inflammatory, anger a whole lot of people (particularly on the left), get widespread media attention, refuse to back down, and say he did it all to stand up for free speech because no one can control what he says. Yiannopoulos pushes the boundaries just enough to force this chain of events, which conveniently prop him up as a hero. Reactionary movements like the alt-right and Gamergate love this. As they see it, political correctness has stifled discourse, particularly on college campuses. So when someone like Yiannopoulos purposely says offensive things, they celebrate it as a brave defense of free speech. Indeed, this is why CPAC said it invited him to speak. As American Conservative Union Chair Matt Schlapp said, We initially extended the invitation knowing that the free speech issue on college campuses is a battlefield where we need brave, conservative standard-bearers. But as many people are quick to point out, much of this just seems like an excuse to say horrible things. Yiannopoulos isnt pushing the boundaries of free speech to make salient political arguments; hes just said provocative things that denigrate minorities, women, and especially feminists and even defended child molestation. All of this is meant to anger liberals, but theres really not much substance there. Still, reactionaries such as Yiannopoulos and the alt-right, despite initially remaining on the fringes of conservatism, have made an impact most recently helping Trump get elected. They loved that Trump was essentially willing to do and say whatever he wanted, from decrying political correctness repeatedly on the campaign trail to proposing outright bigoted policies like banning Muslims from entering the US. This was the kind of candidate people like Yiannopoulos, who took to calling Trump daddy, had long hoped for. This terrified a lot of liberals and conservatives, including the Canadian teenager who helped bring down Yiannopoulos. With Trump and his support from reactionaries, they were worried that we were seeing the mainstreaming of a fringe of the far, far right and that could have horrible consequences for the Republican Party, America, and the world. America is a global power, and it affects the entire world, Julia said. Whatever Trump says now in terms of foreign policy does change the course of world history and does alter not just Americas position in the world but it will also affect Western civilizations position in the world stage. To this end, she added, Theres not a politician in American politics today that would be worse than Donald Trump. Still, that an anonymous Canadian 16-year-old had the ability to take down Yiannopoulos by teaming up with a conservative blog like the Reagan Battalion shows the resistance against Trump and reactionaries more broadly really can work. Consider CPACs position: They thought they would get away with inviting someone as inflammatory as Yiannopoulos, despite his past bigoted remarks. In doing this, they were pushing the boundaries of the acceptable potentially letting a hateful man speak in detail about his ideas on a mainstream conservative stage, supposedly in the defense of free speech. Then it all backfired. And CPAC, along with Yiannopouloss publishers and Breitbart, disowned him. If youre an organization like CPAC looking at all of this, it will probably make you think twice about giving someone like Yiannopoulos a platform. Maybe these reactionaries really are a dangerous kind of breed of conservatism, and they should be treated as such. The Canadian teenager said she hopes this is the lesson conservatives draw from the Yiannopoulos debacle. And more broadly, she hopes that her actions will push groups like CPAC to stand up for traditionally conservative values instead of embracing provocative figures just because they attack the left. You shouldnt have to feel intimidated to stand up for what you believe in, she said. Hopefully theyll realize that you cant keep being this reactionary movement if you can even call it that. You cant just keep looking for enemies to attack and pointing the finger. Eventually, you have to stand up for something.

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Bill for Yiannopoulos’ Poly security keeps rising: SLO covered $9000 in police costs – The San Luis Obispo Tribune

The San Luis Obispo Tribune Bill for Yiannopoulos ' Poly security keeps rising: SLO covered $9000 in police costs The San Luis Obispo Tribune University officials said a heightened police presence was necessary given past incidents of violence, arrests and injuries at other campuses where the right-wing provocateur spoke on his Dangerous Faggot tour. Yiannopoulos , who's known for his …

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