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‘Free Speech’ Dead at Berkeley: Milo Event Canceled After ‘Pressure’ from University

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UC Berkeley’s Assistant Vice Chancellor has claimed that the university was told by the Berkeley Patriot student group that the upcoming Free Speech Week has been canceled.

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MILO to Donate $10K to Create Mario Savio Free Speech Fund


Former Breitbart Senior Editor MILO announced plans to donate $10,000 to the Berkeley Patriot student organization to help with the creation of the Mario Savio Free Speech Fund.

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MILO Challenges Janet Napolitano and Berkeley Chancellor to Debate

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Former Breitbart Senior Editor MILO has challenged Janet Napolitano, the President of the University of California system, and UC Berkeley Chancellor Carol T. Christ to a debate.

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MILO Calls Out UC Berkeley Actions ‘Designed to Force a Cancellation’ of Free Speech Week

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Former Breitbart Senior Editor MILO published a video and press release Monday condemning UC Berkeley for allegedly attempting to shut down the upcoming Free Speech Week.

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Milo: UC Berkeley ‘Spreading Fear, Uncertainty’ to Undermine Free Speech Week


UC Berkeley has threatened former Breitbart Senior Editor Milo Yiannopoulos’ Free Speech Week, which is due to take place at the college later this month, claiming organizers haven’t “completed the critical steps” to host the event.

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Watch: Pamela Geller, Milo, Raheem Kassam and More Discuss The Islamic Jihad Against Free Speech in ‘Can’t We Talk About This?’


Can’t We Talk About This? The Islamic Jihad Against Free Speech is a shocking new film and follow-up video series detailing the concerted effort by international organizations to compel the U.S. and other Western countries to curtail freedom of speech and criminalize criticism of Islam. Featuring exclusive interviews with Pamela Geller, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Geert Wilders, Mark Steyn, Milo Yiannopolous, Raheem Kassam, Robert Spencer, Douglas Murray, Ezra Levant, Lars Vilks, Garland Muhammad cartoon contest winner Bosch Fawstin, and many other heroes of freedom, this web series will be the first ever to expose the war on free speech. It is certain to shock the American public and awaken many. These interviews reveal events at Garland and its aftermath that have never before been made public and demonstrate how far advanced the war on free speech really is. “In this film, we’re setting the record straight about our Garland free speech event, at which we were not only targeted by Islamic jihadis but apparently by the FBI as well,” Pamela Geller wrote at Breitbart News. “But we’re doing much more as well: we’re telling the whole, as-yet-untold truth about the war on free speech.” Breitbart readers can enter the code “BREITBART” to watch for

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Watch: Pamela Geller, Milo, Raheem Kassam and More Discuss The Islamic Jihad Against Free Speech in ‘Can’t We Talk About This?’


Can’t We Talk About This? The Islamic Jihad Against Free Speech is a shocking new film and follow-up video series detailing the concerted effort by international organizations to compel the U.S. and other Western countries to curtail freedom of speech and criminalize criticism of Islam. Featuring exclusive interviews with Pamela Geller, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Geert Wilders, Mark Steyn, Milo Yiannopolous, Raheem Kassam, Robert Spencer, Douglas Murray, Ezra Levant, Lars Vilks, Garland Muhammad cartoon contest winner Bosch Fawstin, and many other heroes of freedom, this web series will be the first ever to expose the war on free speech. It is certain to shock the American public and awaken many. These interviews reveal events at Garland and its aftermath that have never before been made public and demonstrate how far advanced the war on free speech really is. “In this film, we’re setting the record straight about our Garland free speech event, at which we were not only targeted by Islamic jihadis but apparently by the FBI as well,” Pamela Geller wrote at Breitbart News. “But we’re doing much more as well: we’re telling the whole, as-yet-untold truth about the war on free speech.” Breitbart readers can enter the code “BREITBART” to watch for

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My Worst Date: ‘He said Milo Yiannopoulos made some good points’ – iNews

I knew it was going to be a bad date when: he told me transgenderism shouldnt be normalised, the gender pay gap was a myth, Milo Yiannopoulos made some good points and Donald Trump was a better president than Hillary Clinton could ever be.

It was our: second date

We met: on Tinder

When I challenged certain opinions, he mansplainedthat he had studiedsociology extensively so was more qualified to hold opinions on these subjects

I thought he seemed: super charming and attentive on the first date, neverchecking his phone. We had a good connection, making jokes about Vladimir Putin and Kanye West.

He offered to pay for dinner (I always pay half, but the gesture was nice), walked me to the bus stop, asked if he could hold my hand and then asked if he could steal a kiss.

He got up from the table and announced he had to be sick in the toilets because he was hungover

Date two was like being with a different person. He was late, moody and left it up to me to fill the awkward gaps in conversation.

On the date: When I challenged certain opinions, he mansplainedthat he had studiedsociology extensively so was more qualified to hold opinions on these subjects.

The more he relaxed and shared his personal and political views, the more uncomfortable I grew.

The worst part was: when he got up from the table and announced he had to be sick in the toilets because he was quite badly hungover.

The date ended when: I told him I had to work early the next morning so needed to leave.

Afterwards, he sent me abusive messages telling me I had been a fucking waste of time’

After that: I messaged him and said while it was nice meeting him, I didnt think we were a good fit and it would be best not to see each other again. He was genuinely shocked.

Over the next three days he sent me abusive messages telling me I had been a fucking waste of time.

We had been talking through WhatsApp so when the abuse got too much and I blocked him, he switched to texting instead.

I even apologised if I had hurt his feelings. That seemed to fuel the rage.

If he got in touch today: I would praise the fact that technology has a block option.

These days I am: single and relieved.

In hindsight: it gives me a good story to tell on my next date.

@kt_grant

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Milo Yiannopoulos’s Dangerous New Book Isn’t Even Worth Hating – Gizmodo

Former Breitbart tech editor Milo Yiannopoulos is scheduled to publish his book Dangerous next Tuesday, on Independence Day. Ahead of that release Gizmodo has obtained a copy of the finished book, as well as the January draft previously leaked to Buzzfeed. Maybe the most controversial book of the decade was intended as a career comeback, but it reads like an epitaph.

Ugly as his beliefs may be, its inarguable that Milos built his career by knowing how to captivate an audience.By contrast, Dangerous is dreadfully dull. Beneath the regurgitated propaganda arguing against a fair, multicultural, egalitarian society is a portrait of an e-celebrity without an audience, a blogger without a publisher, and, above all, an attention-seeking troll whose playbook of goads no longer elicits any emotion whatsoever. To the detriment of the book, self-reflection is utterly absent.

Originally, the book was to be published in mid-March by Simon & Schuster. But following the discovery of an interview in which Yiannopoulos appeared to condone pedophilia by referencing his own sexual experiences with older men at the age of 13, he offered an ignominious resignation from his position with Breitbart, was disinvited from CPAC where he was slated to be a keynote speaker, and was dropped by his publisher, all in short order. Disgraced, he later made clear his intentions to sue Simon & Schuster, though no such suit has materialized.

With self-publishing his only remaining option, Yiannopoulos largely dropped out of the spotlight, presumably to finish writing Dangerous.

Milos opus clocks in at just over 68,000 words when stripped of front and backmatter, although that number is closer to 63,000 due to his compulsive penchant for padding chapters with lengthy quotes, the origins of which range from Andrew Breitbart to Hannah Arendt to Gizmodo.

In a statement to Buzzfeed, Milo claims the leaked draft had been substantially rewritten since [January]. Surprisingly, the prose does look to have been revamped somewhat. Theres a new introduction blithely titled So About That Whole Drama which addresses his disinvitation from CPAC and ensuing fall from disgrace; a subsection titled Milos College Rankings which lists a mere 16 higher learning institutions divided into two cliche tabloid-style categoriesHeroes and Zeroes; a few paragraphs now discuss the barely-remembered donglegate dustup from 2013.

The substance of the book has remained largely unchanged in the six month interim. It remains a tedious and at times bitter self-defense written by a man who claims to enjoy the negative attention he sought out. In the parlance of Twittera platform Yiannopoulos hasnt been welcome on for nearly a yearDangerous is 275 pages of Im not owned! Im not owned!

Just as was the case before, Dangerous gives away nothing of Yiannopouloss upbringing, his time at Breitbart, or scuffle with the Republican establishment which ruined him. Heres a smattering of the topics which Milo spent many months writing and rewriting: Is Pepe the frog a racist symbol? Was Twitter right to ban him? Why are feminists ignoring the plights of men? Is abortion wrong? Does rape culture exist? Is the one-in-four women statistic about sexual assault accurate? Are Muslims all terrible people? Is the Black Lives Matter movement full of shit? Should Brianna Wu, Anita Sarkeesian, and Zoe Quinn be grateful for their harassment by GamerGatea movement which hit its peak relevance nearly three years ago?

Anyone with even a passing familiarity with Milos brand already knows his stances, which have been enunciated louder and more compellingly by other personalities in the right-wing mediaand debunked many times over. (Theyre also topics which Milo has already written about exhaustively in blog posts for Breitbart, which can be read for free.) Dangerous is not offensive, shocking, or thought-provoking. Had it met its original release date of mid-March, many of the topics contained within would still have felt well past their prime.

Page after page recounting years-long grudges suggest that what he sees as the soft, identity-obsessed, participation award-craving liberals Milo makes his money riling up are the very same people whose affection and understanding he desperately craves. In his own words: People often accuse me of being an attention-seeker. Theyre right, of course.

Milo also expends considerable ink griping about the lefts readiness to conflate right-leaning groups and misunderstand the language and tactics deployed by his former cohorts; meanwhile he fails to grasp and goes out of his way to undermine core concepts important to the Black Lives Matter movement, transgender people (whom he refers to as trannies), Muslims, and feminism, among others. Is it surprising to see bald hypocrisy in Dangerous? Of course not. But throughout he also refers to the political movement of which he was a figurehead as the alt-righta label which young, moderate conservatives still clinging to ideas espoused by Milo (and others) almost universally reject due to its association with white nationalism.

One of the few cogent ideological threads that can be followed through the maze of petty grievances that is Dangerous is Milos enduring belief in the power of humor. Be twice as funny as you are outrageous, because no one can resist the truth wrapped in a good joke, he suggests, correctly, though the lesson manages to evade him. Attempts at humor in the book fall flat, not for being offensive, but for being either obvious or overly shrill. Perhaps knowing this, the line Im just too smart, too funny, too popular and too successful to ignore in the January draft is omitted, substituted by a humbler appeal to the content of his character:

Im not the best because Im the funniest or the smartest or the most attractive person among conservative and libertarian celebrities. Im the best because I work harder than everyone else.

Likewise the subsection Why Im So Great no longer appears in the finished product. In the course of trying (and failing) to insult anyone and everyone, Yiannopoulos manages to liken himself to a diverse cast of characters both real and fictional that include Oscar Wilde, Freddy Mercury, Nigel Farage, Martin Luther King Jr., Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and the raptors in Jurassic Park. But the toning down of his characters signature egotism manages to make the book all the duller. Its a shame he lacked the conviction to fully inhabit the character now that its his own money on the line rather than Simon & Schusters.

Part and parcel to Milos affinity to abuse quotes like a high school student desperate to hit a page count, Dangerous is nothing if not an attempt to ingratiate himself back into any group who will have him. Positive name-drops include Ann Coulter, PayPal founder Peter Thiel, Fox Newss Tucker Carlson, Rebel Medias Lauren Southern, Lucian Wintrich of The Gateway Pundit, YouTube personalities Stephan Molyneux and Daniel Keem, James OKeefe of Project Veritas infamy, and Trump advisor and former boss Steve Bannon. (The former two even submitted blurbs for the book jacket.)

And of course, Trump himself, whom he frequently refers to as daddy.

But there are appearances to keep up, and Milo couches his subtextual contrition/job hunt with any opportunity to flaunt his credentials as a rebellious anti-establishment type, including a few toothless warnings to his own:

Like the Lefts political correctness, the Rights political correctness is collectivist and reductive in its logic. It will destroy the lives of innocent people if it goes unchecked. We must fight against it until it dies.

The majority of the bile Yiannopoulos spits towards the rightwing is directed at old-guard Republicans, embodiments of a rigged system. Had he stuck by what few principles he has and declined the invitation to speak at CPACwhich managed to tarnish his reputation in a way the media simply couldnthis 15 minutes of fame might well have extended into a legitimate political career.

All memes die. Its a fact of the internet Milo inhabits. And Milo, the memetic avatar designed to drive oversensitive liberals into apoplectic rage, has reached the end of its internet shelf life. His schtick has been done better by others, and the reactionary cruelty which elicited horror now only registers as a grating hum. Ironically, in helping elect Trump, Milo and those like him made themselves obsolete: America now faces greater problems than the mean-spirited shitposts of a preening hack.

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‘Free Speech’ Dead at Berkeley: Milo Event Canceled After ‘Pressure’ from University

UC Berkeley’s Assistant Vice Chancellor has claimed that the university was told by the Berkeley Patriot student group that the upcoming Free Speech Week has been canceled.

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MILO to Donate $10K to Create Mario Savio Free Speech Fund

Former Breitbart Senior Editor MILO announced plans to donate $10,000 to the Berkeley Patriot student organization to help with the creation of the Mario Savio Free Speech Fund.

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MILO Challenges Janet Napolitano and Berkeley Chancellor to Debate

Former Breitbart Senior Editor MILO has challenged Janet Napolitano, the President of the University of California system, and UC Berkeley Chancellor Carol T. Christ to a debate.

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MILO Calls Out UC Berkeley Actions ‘Designed to Force a Cancellation’ of Free Speech Week

Former Breitbart Senior Editor MILO published a video and press release Monday condemning UC Berkeley for allegedly attempting to shut down the upcoming Free Speech Week.

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Milo: UC Berkeley ‘Spreading Fear, Uncertainty’ to Undermine Free Speech Week

UC Berkeley has threatened former Breitbart Senior Editor Milo Yiannopoulos’ Free Speech Week, which is due to take place at the college later this month, claiming organizers haven’t “completed the critical steps” to host the event.

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Watch: Pamela Geller, Milo, Raheem Kassam and More Discuss The Islamic Jihad Against Free Speech in ‘Can’t We Talk About This?’

Can’t We Talk About This? The Islamic Jihad Against Free Speech is a shocking new film and follow-up video series detailing the concerted effort by international organizations to compel the U.S. and other Western countries to curtail freedom of speech and criminalize criticism of Islam. Featuring exclusive interviews with Pamela Geller, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Geert Wilders, Mark Steyn, Milo Yiannopolous, Raheem Kassam, Robert Spencer, Douglas Murray, Ezra Levant, Lars Vilks, Garland Muhammad cartoon contest winner Bosch Fawstin, and many other heroes of freedom, this web series will be the first ever to expose the war on free speech. It is certain to shock the American public and awaken many. These interviews reveal events at Garland and its aftermath that have never before been made public and demonstrate how far advanced the war on free speech really is. “In this film, we’re setting the record straight about our Garland free speech event, at which we were not only targeted by Islamic jihadis but apparently by the FBI as well,” Pamela Geller wrote at Breitbart News. “But we’re doing much more as well: we’re telling the whole, as-yet-untold truth about the war on free speech.” Breitbart readers can enter the code “BREITBART” to watch for

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Watch: Pamela Geller, Milo, Raheem Kassam and More Discuss The Islamic Jihad Against Free Speech in ‘Can’t We Talk About This?’

Can’t We Talk About This? The Islamic Jihad Against Free Speech is a shocking new film and follow-up video series detailing the concerted effort by international organizations to compel the U.S. and other Western countries to curtail freedom of speech and criminalize criticism of Islam. Featuring exclusive interviews with Pamela Geller, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Geert Wilders, Mark Steyn, Milo Yiannopolous, Raheem Kassam, Robert Spencer, Douglas Murray, Ezra Levant, Lars Vilks, Garland Muhammad cartoon contest winner Bosch Fawstin, and many other heroes of freedom, this web series will be the first ever to expose the war on free speech. It is certain to shock the American public and awaken many. These interviews reveal events at Garland and its aftermath that have never before been made public and demonstrate how far advanced the war on free speech really is. “In this film, we’re setting the record straight about our Garland free speech event, at which we were not only targeted by Islamic jihadis but apparently by the FBI as well,” Pamela Geller wrote at Breitbart News. “But we’re doing much more as well: we’re telling the whole, as-yet-untold truth about the war on free speech.” Breitbart readers can enter the code “BREITBART” to watch for

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My Worst Date: ‘He said Milo Yiannopoulos made some good points’ – iNews

I knew it was going to be a bad date when: he told me transgenderism shouldnt be normalised, the gender pay gap was a myth, Milo Yiannopoulos made some good points and Donald Trump was a better president than Hillary Clinton could ever be. It was our: second date We met: on Tinder When I challenged certain opinions, he mansplainedthat he had studiedsociology extensively so was more qualified to hold opinions on these subjects I thought he seemed: super charming and attentive on the first date, neverchecking his phone. We had a good connection, making jokes about Vladimir Putin and Kanye West. He offered to pay for dinner (I always pay half, but the gesture was nice), walked me to the bus stop, asked if he could hold my hand and then asked if he could steal a kiss. He got up from the table and announced he had to be sick in the toilets because he was hungover Date two was like being with a different person. He was late, moody and left it up to me to fill the awkward gaps in conversation. On the date: When I challenged certain opinions, he mansplainedthat he had studiedsociology extensively so was more qualified to hold opinions on these subjects. The more he relaxed and shared his personal and political views, the more uncomfortable I grew. The worst part was: when he got up from the table and announced he had to be sick in the toilets because he was quite badly hungover. The date ended when: I told him I had to work early the next morning so needed to leave. Afterwards, he sent me abusive messages telling me I had been a fucking waste of time’ After that: I messaged him and said while it was nice meeting him, I didnt think we were a good fit and it would be best not to see each other again. He was genuinely shocked. Over the next three days he sent me abusive messages telling me I had been a fucking waste of time. We had been talking through WhatsApp so when the abuse got too much and I blocked him, he switched to texting instead. I even apologised if I had hurt his feelings. That seemed to fuel the rage. If he got in touch today: I would praise the fact that technology has a block option. These days I am: single and relieved. In hindsight: it gives me a good story to tell on my next date. @kt_grant If you have a disastrous Worst Dateyoud like to get off your chest please email a brief synopsis of your experience to [emailprotected]

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Milo Yiannopoulos’s Dangerous New Book Isn’t Even Worth Hating – Gizmodo

Former Breitbart tech editor Milo Yiannopoulos is scheduled to publish his book Dangerous next Tuesday, on Independence Day. Ahead of that release Gizmodo has obtained a copy of the finished book, as well as the January draft previously leaked to Buzzfeed. Maybe the most controversial book of the decade was intended as a career comeback, but it reads like an epitaph. Ugly as his beliefs may be, its inarguable that Milos built his career by knowing how to captivate an audience.By contrast, Dangerous is dreadfully dull. Beneath the regurgitated propaganda arguing against a fair, multicultural, egalitarian society is a portrait of an e-celebrity without an audience, a blogger without a publisher, and, above all, an attention-seeking troll whose playbook of goads no longer elicits any emotion whatsoever. To the detriment of the book, self-reflection is utterly absent. Originally, the book was to be published in mid-March by Simon & Schuster. But following the discovery of an interview in which Yiannopoulos appeared to condone pedophilia by referencing his own sexual experiences with older men at the age of 13, he offered an ignominious resignation from his position with Breitbart, was disinvited from CPAC where he was slated to be a keynote speaker, and was dropped by his publisher, all in short order. Disgraced, he later made clear his intentions to sue Simon & Schuster, though no such suit has materialized. With self-publishing his only remaining option, Yiannopoulos largely dropped out of the spotlight, presumably to finish writing Dangerous. Milos opus clocks in at just over 68,000 words when stripped of front and backmatter, although that number is closer to 63,000 due to his compulsive penchant for padding chapters with lengthy quotes, the origins of which range from Andrew Breitbart to Hannah Arendt to Gizmodo. In a statement to Buzzfeed, Milo claims the leaked draft had been substantially rewritten since [January]. Surprisingly, the prose does look to have been revamped somewhat. Theres a new introduction blithely titled So About That Whole Drama which addresses his disinvitation from CPAC and ensuing fall from disgrace; a subsection titled Milos College Rankings which lists a mere 16 higher learning institutions divided into two cliche tabloid-style categoriesHeroes and Zeroes; a few paragraphs now discuss the barely-remembered donglegate dustup from 2013. The substance of the book has remained largely unchanged in the six month interim. It remains a tedious and at times bitter self-defense written by a man who claims to enjoy the negative attention he sought out. In the parlance of Twittera platform Yiannopoulos hasnt been welcome on for nearly a yearDangerous is 275 pages of Im not owned! Im not owned! Just as was the case before, Dangerous gives away nothing of Yiannopouloss upbringing, his time at Breitbart, or scuffle with the Republican establishment which ruined him. Heres a smattering of the topics which Milo spent many months writing and rewriting: Is Pepe the frog a racist symbol? Was Twitter right to ban him? Why are feminists ignoring the plights of men? Is abortion wrong? Does rape culture exist? Is the one-in-four women statistic about sexual assault accurate? Are Muslims all terrible people? Is the Black Lives Matter movement full of shit? Should Brianna Wu, Anita Sarkeesian, and Zoe Quinn be grateful for their harassment by GamerGatea movement which hit its peak relevance nearly three years ago? Anyone with even a passing familiarity with Milos brand already knows his stances, which have been enunciated louder and more compellingly by other personalities in the right-wing mediaand debunked many times over. (Theyre also topics which Milo has already written about exhaustively in blog posts for Breitbart, which can be read for free.) Dangerous is not offensive, shocking, or thought-provoking. Had it met its original release date of mid-March, many of the topics contained within would still have felt well past their prime. Page after page recounting years-long grudges suggest that what he sees as the soft, identity-obsessed, participation award-craving liberals Milo makes his money riling up are the very same people whose affection and understanding he desperately craves. In his own words: People often accuse me of being an attention-seeker. Theyre right, of course. Milo also expends considerable ink griping about the lefts readiness to conflate right-leaning groups and misunderstand the language and tactics deployed by his former cohorts; meanwhile he fails to grasp and goes out of his way to undermine core concepts important to the Black Lives Matter movement, transgender people (whom he refers to as trannies), Muslims, and feminism, among others. Is it surprising to see bald hypocrisy in Dangerous? Of course not. But throughout he also refers to the political movement of which he was a figurehead as the alt-righta label which young, moderate conservatives still clinging to ideas espoused by Milo (and others) almost universally reject due to its association with white nationalism. One of the few cogent ideological threads that can be followed through the maze of petty grievances that is Dangerous is Milos enduring belief in the power of humor. Be twice as funny as you are outrageous, because no one can resist the truth wrapped in a good joke, he suggests, correctly, though the lesson manages to evade him. Attempts at humor in the book fall flat, not for being offensive, but for being either obvious or overly shrill. Perhaps knowing this, the line Im just too smart, too funny, too popular and too successful to ignore in the January draft is omitted, substituted by a humbler appeal to the content of his character: Im not the best because Im the funniest or the smartest or the most attractive person among conservative and libertarian celebrities. Im the best because I work harder than everyone else. Likewise the subsection Why Im So Great no longer appears in the finished product. In the course of trying (and failing) to insult anyone and everyone, Yiannopoulos manages to liken himself to a diverse cast of characters both real and fictional that include Oscar Wilde, Freddy Mercury, Nigel Farage, Martin Luther King Jr., Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and the raptors in Jurassic Park. But the toning down of his characters signature egotism manages to make the book all the duller. Its a shame he lacked the conviction to fully inhabit the character now that its his own money on the line rather than Simon & Schusters. Part and parcel to Milos affinity to abuse quotes like a high school student desperate to hit a page count, Dangerous is nothing if not an attempt to ingratiate himself back into any group who will have him. Positive name-drops include Ann Coulter, PayPal founder Peter Thiel, Fox Newss Tucker Carlson, Rebel Medias Lauren Southern, Lucian Wintrich of The Gateway Pundit, YouTube personalities Stephan Molyneux and Daniel Keem, James OKeefe of Project Veritas infamy, and Trump advisor and former boss Steve Bannon. (The former two even submitted blurbs for the book jacket.) And of course, Trump himself, whom he frequently refers to as daddy. But there are appearances to keep up, and Milo couches his subtextual contrition/job hunt with any opportunity to flaunt his credentials as a rebellious anti-establishment type, including a few toothless warnings to his own: Like the Lefts political correctness, the Rights political correctness is collectivist and reductive in its logic. It will destroy the lives of innocent people if it goes unchecked. We must fight against it until it dies. The majority of the bile Yiannopoulos spits towards the rightwing is directed at old-guard Republicans, embodiments of a rigged system. Had he stuck by what few principles he has and declined the invitation to speak at CPACwhich managed to tarnish his reputation in a way the media simply couldnthis 15 minutes of fame might well have extended into a legitimate political career. All memes die. Its a fact of the internet Milo inhabits. And Milo, the memetic avatar designed to drive oversensitive liberals into apoplectic rage, has reached the end of its internet shelf life. His schtick has been done better by others, and the reactionary cruelty which elicited horror now only registers as a grating hum. Ironically, in helping elect Trump, Milo and those like him made themselves obsolete: America now faces greater problems than the mean-spirited shitposts of a preening hack.

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