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LGBT Magazine Adds Disclaimer After MILO, Mike Pence Lead Person of the Year Poll

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LGBTQ Nation has written a disclaimer after discovering that Breitbart’s resident gay thot MILO was in the lead for their LGBT Person of the Year poll.

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December 28, 2016   Posted in: Milo Yiannopoulos  Comments Closed

Columbia Journalism Review Crowns Milo Conservatives’ Answer to Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert

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A piece from the Columbia Journalism Review says the successes of Breitbart Senior editor MILO and President-elect Donald Trump are a response to late-night comedians like Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, who are notorious for attacking opponents of progressive America. Lee Siegel of the Columbia Journalism Review suggests that Breitbart Senior editor MILO is a response to the late-night comedians who have made careers out of attacking conservatives and libertarians. Siegel adds that MILO represents the “dark, twisted underside” of the persona that Colbert adopted for his late-night program. The Columbia Journalism Review is the first mainstream outlet to declare MILO as the right’s response to satirists like Stewart and Colbert. Yes, in the darkest days of the Bush years, they were sources of therapy, catharsis, and occasional illumination. But they were mining the same vein of contempt for reality as their counterparts on the other side. Just as the far right learned some tactical lessons from the 1960s’ countercultural left, the crew at Breitbart et al. learned some lessons from the two erstwhile prophets of Comedy Central. Breitbart creation Milos Yiannopoulos’s “Dangerous Faggot” is the dark, twisted underside of Colbert’s creation of the type of bullying, autocratic persona that would be

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FBI Reopens Clinton Email Case – milo.yiannopoulos.net

FBI Director James Comey has announced that thebureau will be probing new emails related to Hillary Clinton.

Comey made the announcement in a letter released to the press Friday afternoon.

In a previous congressional testimony, I referred to the fact that the FBIhad completed its investigation of former Secretary Clintons personal email server, reads the letter. Due to recent developments, I am writing to supplement my previous testimony.

Comey alsostates that the FBIs investigative team briefed Comey on new information concerning the emails sometime yesterday. The director says he agreed that the FBI should take appropriate investigative steps.

U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan had this to say:

BREAKING NEWS The FBI is reopening its investigation into Secretary Hillary Clinton.

My full statement pic.twitter.com/LHfyg46dWk

Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) October 28, 2016

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tqPxUbOwAw4

This, of course, has not happened yet. In July, FBI Director James Comey recommended no criminal charges against Clinton based on the information uncovered at that time.

Earlier today, Watergate journalist Carl Bernstein commented that the FBI would not have reopened Clintons case unless the new evidence was a huge bombshell.

Its unthinkable that the Director of the FBI would take this action lightly, that he would put this letter forth to the Congress of the United States saying there is more information out there about classified emails and call it to the attention of congress unless it was something requiring serious investigation, said Bernstein.

Business Insider reports that stocks are plummeting on the S&P 500.

The Mexican peso has also fallen drastically; its gone down by 1.3%. The following chart shows how many Pesos can be bought for one U.S. dollar.

The devices were seized as part of an investigation into inappropriate texts Weiner sent to a 15-year-old girl.

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MILO: Navy Sides With Seamen, Not Social Justice

Iranian vessels came within 300 yards (meters) of an American destroyer, the USS Nitze, in the Strait of Hormuz, officials say
The Navy is starting to worry about microaggressions and gendered titles. It’s only a matter of time before ISIS triumphs.

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MILO Most Disinvited Speaker of 2016 As Campus Censorship Hits Record Highs

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MILO was the most disinvited speaker of 2016 as levels of campus censorship hit record highs.

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Milo Yiannopoulos, who will speak at CU Boulder, has brought …

What stunt Milo Yiannopoulos will pull during his January visit to the University of Colorado is anybody’s guess, but if his talks at other campuses are any indication, the conservative provocateur likely has something planned.

CU leaders have few options for responding if Yiannopoulos singles out students or employees here, like he has at other schools this month.

During a speech at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Dec. 13, Yiannopoulos singled out a transgender woman who had protested against a campus policy requiring that “non-conforming genitalia be covered at all times” in the recreation center’s locker rooms. The woman withdrew from the university in October, according to a campus spokesman.

Yiannopoulos, who is gay, named and showed a picture of the woman to an in-person audience of more than 300 people, plus others watching online.

“The way you know he’s failed is I can still bang him,” Yiannopoulos said, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Yiannopoulos continued to talk about the transgender woman in the days that followed the event, despite a statement condemning his comments from the Wisconsin university’s chancellor.

Similarly, during a Dec. 1 visit to West Virginia University, Yiannopoulos showed the audience a photo of a professor with the label “Fat (Expletive).” He made fun of the professor’s weight and poked fun at the professor’s field of study.

Yiannopoulos, an editor for the “alt-right” website Breitbart News who was permanently banned from Twitter for inciting racist abuse against an actress, will visit the Boulder campus on Jan. 25 as part of his “Dangerous (Expletive) Tour.” The name of his speaking tour, which also includes a stop on CU’s Colorado Springs campus, contains a gay slur.

“Alt-right” is an offshoot of conservatism that has been described as mixing racism, white nationalism and populism.

His visit to the Boulder campus, where just 20 percent of students identified as conservative in a 2014 survey, is being organized by the CU College Republicans and by the CU chapter of Turning Point USA, a conservative student activist group.

Students, faculty members and a coalition of concerned citizens have expressed concerns about the event to CU Chancellor Phil DiStefano, who has maintained that the university must uphold its commitment to free speech and that all student groups must be free to invite any speaker they want to campus.

Faculty say they are considering hosting an alternative event during Yiannopoulos’ visit, an idea the chancellor said he would back.

On Wednesday, a group called on the Boulder and Colorado Springs city councils, as well as university leaders, to acknowledge publicly that they do not support or promote Yiannopoulos’ rhetoric.

Third-party conduct

Campus spokesman Ryan Huff declined to answer questions about the university’s preparations for Yiannopoulos’ visit, including what response CU might have if Yiannopoulos singles out a CU student or employee during his talk. He said he would not discuss hypothetical situations and directed a Daily Camera reporter to past statements and news releases from the campus.

Valerie Simons, CU’s director of institutional equity and compliance, said the university’s rules prohibiting discrimination and harassment against members of protected classes apply to third parties, in addition to CU students and employees.

At CU, there are 15 protected classes: race, color, national origin, sex, pregnancy, age, disability, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status, political affiliation and political philosophy.

All protected-class discrimination and harassment cases require someone a victim, a witness or a mandatory reporting party, such as a supervisor to make a complaint to the university. Investigators in Simons’ office review the complaint to decide if a case will move forward and in what format the university has formal and informal resolution processes.

When reviewing each case, investigators consider whether someone has taken action, verbal or physical, against a member of a protected class that interferes with that person’s ability to work or study on the campus. They also consider the severity and pervasiveness of the action.

In the case of a third party, such as a campus speaker, the university has limited options for responding to protected-class harassment.

“The language (in the policy) specifically talks about whether there’s potential action that could be taken that might be responsive to prohibited conduct, which could include contract termination or property exclusion if appropriate,” Simons said. “That would be case specific. Whether it’s this speaker or another speaker or another third party, we would have to be responding to the facts that are presented.”

A property exclusion means that a person is no longer permitted on the CU campus.

It’s unclear whether the university has a contract with Yiannopoulos, who does not charge a speaking fee for campus visits, according to a post on his Facebook page.

Huff, the campus spokesman, said the two student groups organizing Yiannopoulos’ visit have not requested any university funding to cover other expenses, such as travel and campus security costs. Student groups can use student fees to cover event costs, and Huff said it’s likely that the two groups will apply for student-fee funding in January.

‘Promote inclusive environments’

The university’s institutional equity office can also deploy remedial measures after discrimination or harassment occurs, Simons said. Last fall, the university hired its first-ever director of remedial and protective measures, who is responsible for convening a group of campus officials to determine the best short- and long-term responses to an issue. That group focuses on the needs of individual victims and communities that may be affected by misconduct.

Simons said she doesn’t know if someone from her office will attend Yiannopoulos’ event. But she said the CU leadership is committed to fostering a welcoming and inclusive campus environment.

Simons pointed to a new educational campaign that will launch in January called “Don’t Ignore It.”

“We always have concerns about any event that we think might have a negative impact on our community and the values that we have,” she said. “From my office’s perspective, and certainly from the university’s perspective, we are trying to promote inclusive environments everywhere we are. If there are any kinds of activities on the campus that we do not feel like are promoting that, that’s really the job of my office to respond to those.”

Sarah Kuta: 303-473-1106, kutas@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/sarahkuta

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I have come to believe, in the course of our bizarro unfriendship, that Milo believes in almost nothing concretenot even in free speech. The same is reportedly true of Trump, of people like Ann Coulter, of Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage: They are pure antagonists unencumbered by any conviction apart from their personal entitlement to raw power and stacks of cash. Laurie Penny[1]

Milo Yiannopoulos (born 1983, sometimes known as Milo Wagner) is a conservative wingnut yellow journalist[wp] for the alt-right tabloid Breitbart.com. Yiannopoulos is also a Gamergate figurehead, MRA, Jewish Roman Catholic, openly-gay homophobe (yes, really),[2] and an all-around terrible person. Yiannopoulos formerly fronted failed UK tech blog, The Kernel. As a “journalist” for Breitbart, his intern’s blog posts almost exclusively consist of self-aggrandizement, rank hypocrisy[3], straw-men and the regurgitation of dated anti-feminist 4chan/8chan memes. Surprising absolutely no one, Yiannopoulos endorsed Donald Trump (who he refers to as “Daddy,”[4] bringing up some disturbing implications) in the 2016 US presidential election.[5]

Yiannopoulos has a deep and abiding need to be smarter than his rubes audience; so he steadily chased downwards to find a demographic befitting his intellect, finally landing on the Gamergate manufactroversy, the racist alt-right movement and the populist, anti-intellectual Breitbart.com “news” website. Given Yiannopoulos’s history of professional failure and general ignorance of technology and gaming culture[6] (along with Breitbart.com’s own sterling reputation for ethical journalism[7][8]), he was clearly the right man to head Breitbart.com’s technology and gaming culture section. Surely, journalism of only the highest intellectual caliber and ethical standards will come of such a pairing.

His greatest journalistic assets are probably his British accent and use of humour rather than humor, which his audience confuses with intelligence.

After working as a tech writer for The Telegraph, Yiannopoulos left to launch his own techsite, The Kernel, in November 2011 to “fix European technology journalism.” In 2012, Yiannopoulos decided that paying his contributors was unnecessary, resulting in former contributor Jason Hesse winning a summary judgment from an employment tribunal against parent company Sentinel Media.[9]The Kernel closed in March 2013, after Yiannopoulos admitted that the company could not cover the costs, mere days after claiming otherwise. Yiannopoulos also threatened another contributor seeking payment with releasing embarrassing details and photographs, while also accusing him of being behind the “majority of damage to The Kernel”.[10] It took the purchasing of The Kernel’s assets by venture capital group BERLIN42 in 2013 for Yiannopoulos to finally pay his debts.[11] The Kernel is now a subsite of the Daily Dot, and runs anti-Gamergate articles.[12]

Without Milo, it probably would have just fizzled out, in all honesty.

Seeing a new avenue of gullibility to exploit, Yiannopoulus was one the of the early supporters of Gamergate, criticizing what he saw as the politicization of video game culture by “an army of sociopathic feminist programmers and campaigners, abetted by achingly politically correct American tech bloggers.”[14] This was despite his previously held views on gamers as “pungent beta male bollock-scratchers and twelve-year-olds” and “a bit sad”.[15][16] In addition (and again, prior to his transparently opportunistic involvement with Gamergate), Yiannopoulos appears to have placed some of the blame for the Isla Vista murder spree on video games and gaming culture.[17]

Despite his initial claims that Breitbart.com’s tech vertical would be non-partisan (albeit pro-GamerGate),[18] Yiannopoulos dedicates the majority of the area’s original content to his own inane banal uninformed ramblings on his three favorite topics: perceived leftist encroachment in popular media, why men are better than women, and himself.[19][20] The rest of the content primarily consists of YouTube trailers for upcoming video games and wire-service stories re-branded as “by Breitbart News”.

Yiannopoulos’s journalistic ethics are what you’d expect from his publisher ethics. He is nearly unmatched in recklessness and his “sources” primarily consist of Twitter trolls and anonymously posted content from the Internet’s sewer (and that sewer’s runoff). He published an article pertaining to Gamergate (which, he openly admits, is culled from 8chan and /r/KotakuInAction[21]) that took seven edits by Breitbart’s editorial and legal staff before it could be posted. Yiannopoulos further established a relationship with Joshua Goldberg, a Gamergater and white-nationalist troll (funny how often that combination seems to occur) who, in turn, fed Yiannopoulos the original claim that Shaun King was white.[22] After Goldberg was arrested on domestic terrorism charges, Yiannopoulos furiously attempted to scrub all evidence of his links to Goldberg,[23] then pretended to have no knowledge of him when called on it,[24] to the point of claiming that the FBI’s arrest of Goldberg that day was part of a conspiracy to smear him, as payback for his releasing another hitpiece on a Gamergate victim target a few hours prior.[25] In actuality, Goldberg was arrested and charged several days before Yiannopoulos posted his article.

Yiannopoulos does not in fact write most of the words under his byline, said words being the output of forty-four interns, paid and unpaid (“A lot of these guys are young 4chan guys”), researching and drafting for him. He reassures us that “ghostwriting is too great a word” and that this practice is “completely standard.” So that’s all right, then.[26]

In 2015, following the rise of Black Lives Matter, Yiannopoulos published a hitpiece claiming BLM activist Shaun King was actually white and passing as black, akin to Rachel Dolezal.[27] This resulted in a wave of harassment and further defamation from the right wing websphere, resulting in King being forced to publicly reveal his family and personal history (short version: he was the product of an affair between his white mother and a black man other than her husband) in an attempt to quell the shit storm.[28] Yiannopoulos, of course, claimed that this vindicated his story,[29] and wrote another piece claiming that King did not know his biological father. A month later, Yiannopoulos wrote yet another story accusing King of embezzlement, citing several tweets as evidence.[30] Four of those tweets were from his own account.

In 2007, Yiannopoulos self-published a book of “poetry” called Eskimo Papoose. It became obviously clear that much of the content was lifted from various Tori Amos songs (with honourable mentions for whoever writes songs for Mariah Carey and Britney Spears, and the script of an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer) with no attribution. When confronted with this clear plagiarism, he responded that the collection was made up of other people’s words and that it was an example of “sampling” like in music.[31] Right then, that explains it.

A more likely explanation might be found in Yiannopoulos’s original poetry, which indicates he is perhaps not quite up to standard:[32]

He told me to pray That God would forgive

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

While Yiannopoulos is actually gay, it is tempting to dismiss some of his public pronouncements on the subject of his own sexuality as mere trolling; but no, he really seems to self-hate and thinks that other gay men should also.[33] Some of Yiannopoulos’s pearls of wisdom on being gay:

Yiannopoulos appears to believe that his own homosexuality (or at least his physical reciprocation of it) is a choice and little more than a manifestation of adolescent rebellion and a general dislike of non-subservient women.[39][40] Perceiving the homosexual community as too in bed with progressive politics and no longer part of the counter-culture (along with his continued belief that gays are morally debased and a detriment to society), Yiannopoulos decided to become heterosexual.[41] His tenure as heterosexual appears to have lasted approximately 6 seconds, after which he chose to be gay again.

In September 2015, Milo guest-starred on Joe Rogan’s YouTube show. During the interview, he can be heard making a number of eyebrow-raising statements. At one point, Milo claims that I lost my virginity in an interracial fivesome with a drag queen.” “How old were you?” asks Rogan. “Thirteen, maybe fourteen… it was great.[43] Later on, Rogan touches upon child abuse amongst Catholic priests; this prompts Milo to discuss a priest from his childhood. “He made you suck his dick for real?” asks Rogan. “He didn’t make me, I was enthusiastic about it.”[44]

Milo goes on to state that “he was a great priest… he’s going to get lynched now.” “How old were you at the time?” asks Rogan. “I was in my teens,” replies Milo, before going on to ask Rogan “You’ve never seen a fifteen-year-old girlat any point in your life, however, old you wereyou’ve never seen a fifteen-year-old-girl you thought was hot? When you were twenty-five, when you were thirty, you will have seen girls at fifteen you thought were hot, of course, you did.”[45] Milo then clarifies his experiences: “I was a very mature fourteen-year-old. It wasn’t molestation, it was perfectly consensual. When I was fourteen, trust me, I was the predator… I was aggressively seeking out the sexual company of adults.”[46]

At another point in the interview, Milo claims that I lived in Hollywood a while ago, briefly, and I went to… boat parties, house parties and things, and some of the things I have seen beggared belief. I don’t want to be indiscreet about specific people because I think it’s going to be dangerous, but I can tell you the truth without dropping anyone in it. Some of the boys there were very young.”[47] He does not identify the criminals, however.

It turns out that a gay man of Jewish descent who can’t stop talking about how much he loves having sex with black dudes is not universally loved by homophobic racist anti-Semites.

With Gamergate’s popularity (and, presumably, his and Breitbarts’ readership) declining, Yiannopoulos chose to find a new ass to kiss in an attempt to stay relevant, settling on the burgeoning Alt-Right movement. As such, he (and/or his interns) and colleague Allum Bokhari penned a 5,000 word love-letter primer for the movement,[49] whereby Yiannopoulos and his co-author described the pseudo-intellectual voices behind the movement the bulk of whom were writers from openly anti-Semitic and racist organisations such as VDARE and American Renaissance[wp] as “dangerously bright”.[42]

The Daily Stormer responded by telling them to eff off, accusing them of completely misrepresenting the movement to better serve their own interests (The horror!), taking particular umbrage with their claims that the alt-right does what they do as a joke, and aren’t really racist at all. (So, that’s all right, then.)[49] Why Yiannopoulos, who is both gay and ethnically Jewish (but raised Roman Catholic), and Bokhari, who is part-Pakistani, both thought that trying to ally themselves with a bunch of Nazis (and tying Breitbart’s already sketchy reputation to them) was a good idea in the first place is unclear.

Despite his heritage, Yiannopoulos has embraced many of the neo-Nazi tropes about “Jews run[ning] everything” from the banks to the media, saying that “They’re right about all that stuff […] it’s a statistical fact [that] Jews are vastly disproportionately. It’s just a fact. It’s not anti-Semitic to point out statistics.”[50] During his college years, Milo also enjoyed sporting his Iron Cross around town, made jokes about the Holocaust before the alt-right was even a thing, and had a fondness for reading speeches by Adolf Hitler.[42][51]

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

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

Probably, on some cosmic level, it is hilarious that large numbers of people are like, “yeah, great, the Nazi movement has a homosexual Jew leader.” I am able to glimpse the cosmic hilarity of this at certain moments, but then I immediately return to the reality situation, which is that I hate this.[52]

Yiannopoulos’ Twitter account has been suspended repeatedly in the past for TOS violations.[53] In January of 2016, in an unconscionable act of terrorism business as usual with users who harass and behave like incorrigible adolescents, Twitter removed the “verified” badge from Yiannopoulos’ Twitter account, and sent him an email advising this had happened due to his recent violations of the Twitter Rules.[54]

Soon enough, Yiannopoulosand all True Friends of Libertybegan pushing the hashtag #JeSuisMilo, since it’s totally not hyperbolic to compare a journalist losing his little blue tick mark to other journalists literally being murdered by terrorists. Because there is no benevolent deity who has a clue, soon it was (according to Breitbart) “the #1 top trending topic in the U.K, U.S, and Canada and it trended globally at the #3 spot for several hours.”[55] In an inspiring display of civic virtue, U.S. Patriots immediately rallied and launched a petition at whitehouse.gov imploring that the Kenyan Marxist Muslim President Obama should declare his opposition to Twitter’s “war on libertarian and millennial voices.” The leader of the world’s superpower must demand: “Give Milo back his badge!”[56]

Yiannopoulos warned that this gross violation of his human rights signals that Twitter “is gearing up to purge conservatives.” His employer valiantly stood behind him, declaring the loss of Yiannopoulos’ little blue tick mark a declaration of “war on conservative media.”[57] Twitter’s refusal to specify what got Yiannopoulos’ badge taken away is troubling to some.[58] But, even given no solid information on this particular incident, it’s unlikely that Yiannopoulos’ heart-wrenching persecution is the consequence of merely expressing his generally noxious views rather than the harassment he and his followers engage in. Twitter now considers “indirect threats” as “hateful conduct”, and considers inciting harassment (say, pointing followers at another user to harass them) a violation.[59] Given those changes, Yiannopoulos’ decertification appears to be at least somewhat related to an exchange where he tweeted You deserve to be harassed you social justice loser following a users request that Yiannopoulos’ Twitter followers cease a campaign of harassment. He was decertified soon after that tweet.[60] Although the tweet was widely believed to be mean, it was actually a joke between friends. The tweet was directed at @ComfortablySmug, a fellow conservative[61] and friend of Milo.[62]

Despite Breitbart.com’s prognostication that Twitter would soon “purge” all traces of conservatism from the platform following Yiannopoulos’ decertification [63], there is no indication that such a thing occurred. Yiannopoulos’ decertification appears directly related to his behavior, and not his political beliefs.

Milo took the fight offline, surging forward in his war to regain his blue checkmark. His next target? The White House, crashing a press conference in an effort to get justice.[64] (Yes, that White House. No, we are not joking.) One might wonder why someone who is so offended that he takes his fight over a verified checkmark on Twitter to the White House thinks he has any right to laugh and jeer at so-called “SJW”‘s for being outraged over pretty much anything else.

During a series of speeches in front of (mostly Republican) student conventions, an event at DePaul university had to be canceled due to violent student protests[65][66]. Likely a counterproductive approach since Milo will get only more media attention this way.

This controversy peaked once more in June 15, 2016, when Milo’s Twitter account was temporarily suspended following an announcement by Milo of a press conference with regards to Islam and homosexuality after the Orlando shooting incident.[67][68] His account was reinstated within an hour, but not before the hashtags #FreeMilo and #FreeNero (referring to his Twitter handle) trended globally, and conspiracy theories of censorship flooded the alt-right websphere, including Donald Trump subforums on Reddit.[69] As of writing, Twitter has not commented on the suspension.

On July 18, 2016, Milo encouraged his followers to join in the harassment of actress/comedienne Leslie Jones[wp] in an attempt to drive her off Twitter. Jones was one of the stars in the recently released remake of the 1984 comedy film Ghostbusters, which had become a major source of contention in alt-right circles due to the fact that the remake meant the original was no longer available and every copy of it on whatever medium, wherever in the world it was, would be hunted down and destroyed and thus could never be viewed again changed the lead roles from four men to that of four women. Jones brought forth public attention to the abusive messages she was receiving, many of which included racist remarks or imagery such as repeatedly comparing the African-American Jones to gorillas and other apes. Ultimately, Jones decided to leave the service.[70]

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

We know many people believe we have not done enough to curb this type of behavior on Twitter. We agree. We are continuing to invest heavily in improving our tools and enforcement systems to better allow us to identify and take faster action on abuse as its happening and prevent repeat offenders. We have been in the process of reviewing our hateful conduct policy to prohibit additional types of abusive behavior and allow more types of reporting, with the goal of reducing the burden on the person being targeted. Well provide more details on those changes in the coming weeks.[71]

Milo posted a response on Breitbart, calling the suspension cowardly, and stated “Twitter has confirmed itself as a safe space for Muslim terrorists and Black Lives Matter extremists, but a no-go zone for conservatives.” Only a few days earlier, Yiannopoulos called Twitter “cowards” for not banning him.[72] Yiannopoulos all-encompassing narcissism lead him to declare that this would “[net] me more adoring fans” and that “This is the end for Twitter.”[73] His banning gained him the support of Louise Mensch,[wp] a woman who insisted that Twitter equally censor other users who had tweeted offensive things such as users describing gamers as “subhuman filth” though, of course, Mensch had previously described Milo as a “subhuman pig”.[74]

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

But then, as noted technology journalist Milo Yiannopoulos said in 2012:[75]

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

Of course, it goes without saying that the claims made by the Privilege Grant website were complete bullshit,[77][78] but a number of somewhat gullible white men fell for the scam.

The Privilege Grant collected funds by hosting a livestream of a 5 hours talk with a number of significant alt-right figures, including: Blaire White[wp], Margaret MacLennon[wp], Lauren Southern and Milo,[79] most of whom spoke out against the grant once they realised what Milo was swindling his white males out of.

Reports on how much money was collected through this stream vary, but the steam generated a substantial amount;[80] Milo told The Daily Beast that overall donations total about $100,000 and pledges about another $250,000.[81]

The grant also collected funds through the (now defunct) donation page on his personal store.[82]

The scandal, first reported by /u/enough__is___enough on /r/EnoughTrumpSpam over at Reddit, is that despite claims that applications would start in spring 2016, as of August 2016 there was no application option on the webpage.[83]

Further digging found out that Caligula Limited, the company to which donations were routed and which was owned by Milo, had been dissolved as a company.[84][85]

So where did the money go? The former director of the Privilege Grant alludes to the fact that Milo wired the money to his personal account at Silicon Valley Bank. Caligula Limited was active until May 2016 for “grant donations”, then, before having the chance to award grant money in the summer, this company was dissolved and the money seems to have dissolved with it (note again that the grant was set up in Feb 2016). In fact, the former director of the Grant has a copy of his wiring instructions implying that there was a transfer to Milo’s personal banking accounts.[86][87] The participants of the livestream as well as the former director are demanding answers. The grant never materialized, and everyone involved has been left in the dark.[88]

Milo claimed that the allegations made against him including a claim that he had spent $250,000 on drugs were “garbage” on Facebook, and dismissed allegations against him as “conspiracy theories”.[89][90] The official Privilege Grant website was forced to issue an official statement for damage control, claiming that Milo was just a little late in the whole actually paying out money malarkey,[91] because he’s just soooo popular…

Profiting off of the desire to seek a higher education. Like Daddy, like son. Additionally, The Guardian noted that this controversy shadowed the controversy over Trumps fundraising for veterans: “The GOP candidate announced in January he had raised $6m but months later many groups said they had to see any money, prompting an outcry and eventual payment by Trump.”[90]

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How would you feel if a speaker a total stranger whom youve never met came to your university and singled you out for harassment? How about if a video of that event were uploaded to YouTube, where more than200,000 people could watch the speaker repeatedly bully you, all while the audience egged him on? And what if the campus knew that this was a possibility given the speakers well-documented history of abuse and did nothing about it?

For Adelaide Kramer, those questions arent hypothetical. Kramer unwittingly found herself the subject of a speech delivered by Milo Yiannopoulos, a notorious Twitter troll who last Tuesday brought his Dangerous Faggot tour to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Kramer, a transgender student who identifies as nonbinary, lobbied the university to gain access to the womens locker room, stating that Title IX protections under the Education Amendments Act of 1972 banned discrimination in schools on the basis of gender identity. Kramer was successful in doing so. In May, Justice and Education Departments sent a letter to schools advising that the law, which initially provided protections on the basis of race, religion, and gender, extended to trans students.

According to Yiannopoulos, Kramer forced his way into womens locker rooms.

Yiannopoulos said while a photo of Kramer was projected on stage for audience ridicule: He got into the womens room the way liberals always operate, using the government and the courts to weasel their way where they dont belong. Title IXis used to put men into womens bathrooms. I have known some passing trannies in my life. Trannies . . . youre not allowed to say that. Ive known some passing trannies, which is to say transgender people who pass as the gender they would like to be considered.

He added that he didnt find Kramer passable enough. The way that you know hes failing is Id almost still bang him, Yiannopoulos said to audience laughter. Kramer herself was in the audience.

The 33-year-old Yiannopoulos, who was a little-known tech writer before meticulously rebranding himself as an alt-right enfant terrible, is being hosted by free speech groups across the country. He panders, however, to a conservative fantasy of speaking truth to political correctness whileactually promoting harassment and violence against marginalized groups who are then blamed for the bigotry he promotes. Critics might argue that his detractors are merely special snowflakes who wish to be protected from ideas they disagree with, but its Yiannopoulos whom students need protected from.

Yiannopoulos, who is openly gay, has referred to himself as the most fabulous supervillain on the Internet, like Cruella de Vil in hot pink short shorts. That description makes him sound a lot more interesting than he he is. The bleach blond Brit has ridden the coattails of a national backlash against PC culture, epitomized by the election of Donald Trump to the presidency, to promote bigotry in the name of intellectual freedom. His ideas are incendiaryand about as deep as a Sunday brunch mimosa.

Like the demagogue-elect whom Yiannopoulos worships, he knows how to get attention. When Milo who is the only Breitbart writer recognizable enough to use his first name as a byline appeared at Chicagos DePaul University in May, he antagonized the people of color who protested his lecture: Ive worked out why there are so many black girls here. Its because I fucked their brothers, he said.

Yiannopoulos further bragged that his talk, which was organized by DePaul College Republicans, would lead to the arrests of people of color on campus. I give it 20 minutes, he added. The statistics of black incarceration are about to go up.

In the interest of full disclosure: I attended DePaul University both as an undergraduate and graduate student, where I received my masters degree in media and cinema studies. But before transferring to DePaul, I spent a year at the University of Cincinnati, where a fundamentalist zealot would frequently preach hate to students from the safety of the quad. The area he occupied was known as the Free Speech Zone, which meant he was at liberty to rail against gays, feminists and all manner of contemporary evil with impunity.

But students in the know warned others not to take the bait: His mission was to get attacked so asto drum up support for religious extremism. By successfully painting himself as the victim, a warrior of God assaulted by the heathens of the New Left, he could successfully solicit donations from the faithful with a little extra coin to spare. Fear is a great marketing campaign.

Thats more or less what took place at DePaul. After Yiannopoulos painted people of color as criminals and sex objects, students of color stormed the stage, taking the microphone from his hands. DePaul College Republicans complained that they were being silenced by the Orwellian forces of the safe space brigade. As a result, the universitys president, the Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider personally apologized to campus conservatives in a press release. Holtschneider claimed that he was ashamed for DePaul University.

Media coverage largely depicted the protesting students as news outlets so often do following such controversies as coddled crybabies who yell trigger warning! at the first sign of a threat to their liberal bubble. Thats sometimes true. Undergrads, many of whomgrappling with concepts of social justice for the first time, frequently let youthful idealism cloud a nuanced understanding of how the world functions. Isnt that what college is for?

The hysteria over collegiate oversensitivity eclipsed the grave impact of Yiannopoulos speech, which set off a firestorm of racial hate on DePauls campus.

Following his lecture, ThinkProgress reported that DePaul students discovered nooses strewn around campus. While conservatives had chalked the sidewalks with pro-Trump slogans in the days leading up to the event, they replaced them with a more permanent rejoinder: Fuck Mexico was painted in black outside the schools quad. When The Daily Caller, a popular right-wing blog, reported that Ada Cheng, a womens studies professor, resigned in protest over Yiannopoulos speech, she received death threats. Internet trolls even targeted her page on Rate My Professor.

This is what Yiannopoulos does, and he is extraordinarily successful at it. When Twitter revoked his verified badge in January, the alt-right figurehead claimed that the social media platform had targeted him for being a Republican. Effectively they have privileged progressive opinions over mine and reduced my power and influence in the marketplace, he told Fusion in an email. Thats a real thing. By crying persecution, Yiannopoulos became an conservative cause clbre, trending under the hashtag #JeSuisMilo.

He was blocked, though, for the same reason that DePaul declined to invite him back, while colleges like New York University, University of Miami and Florida Atlantic University have disinvited him from their campuses: Yiannopoulos threatens the safety and dignity of minority groups.

Although Twitter has not said why Milo was unverified, many have pointed to a tweet in which Yiannopoulos told one of his liberal critics that he deserves to be harassed. Months later, he put that wish into action, inciting his cadre of trolls to harass comedian Leslie Jones, one of the stars of Paul Feigs Ghostbusters reboot. Jones was referred to as an ape on Twitter, while receiving photos of herself with semen all over her face. Trolls hacked her website, posting nude photos uploaded from her personal iCloud account to the page. When it comes to Milos treatment of women, particularly queer women and rape victims, thats par for the course.

For his role in the controversy, Yiannopoulos was permanently banned from the microblogging site which, of course, has made him more popular than ever. He is scheduled to speak at Washington State University, theUniversity of Colorado Boulder, theUniversity of New Mexicoand the University of California, Los Angeles in the coming months. Viewed as one of the leading young conservative voices, hes a regular on networks like CNBC, ABC and Fox News.

That feedback loop wont stop until colleges and other institutions that host Milo in the name of free speech follow Twitters lead and stop giving him a platformsothatmore students wont find themselves in Adelaide Kramers shoes.

Whats particularly troubling is that Yiannopoulos has continued harassing the trans student who is in no way a public figure at other stops on his tour. At an appearance in Minnesota, he boasted that Kramer dropped out of school because of the harassment she experienced. This young man was desperate for a bit of tit and minge, Yiannopoulos said. But it turns out, hes going to quit the university. (Kramer confirmed this in an interview with Mic but her decision came in response to the colleges handling of the situation, not Yiannopoulos.)

Dont let the feather boa fool you. Yiannopoulos, a rebel whose cause is himself, doesnt really care about the ideals of unfettered personal expression to which he gleefully panders. He wants what any troll wants: attention, no matter whose life is destroyed in the process.

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MILO: Christmas Is Capitalist, And That’s Great

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It was capitalism and Ebenezer Scrooge’s wealth that allowed him to pay for Tiny Tim’s medical treatment in the end of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.

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LGBT Magazine Adds Disclaimer After MILO, Mike Pence Lead Person of the Year Poll

LGBTQ Nation has written a disclaimer after discovering that Breitbart’s resident gay thot MILO was in the lead for their LGBT Person of the Year poll.

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Columbia Journalism Review Crowns Milo Conservatives’ Answer to Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert

A piece from the Columbia Journalism Review says the successes of Breitbart Senior editor MILO and President-elect Donald Trump are a response to late-night comedians like Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, who are notorious for attacking opponents of progressive America. Lee Siegel of the Columbia Journalism Review suggests that Breitbart Senior editor MILO is a response to the late-night comedians who have made careers out of attacking conservatives and libertarians. Siegel adds that MILO represents the “dark, twisted underside” of the persona that Colbert adopted for his late-night program. The Columbia Journalism Review is the first mainstream outlet to declare MILO as the right’s response to satirists like Stewart and Colbert. Yes, in the darkest days of the Bush years, they were sources of therapy, catharsis, and occasional illumination. But they were mining the same vein of contempt for reality as their counterparts on the other side. Just as the far right learned some tactical lessons from the 1960s’ countercultural left, the crew at Breitbart et al. learned some lessons from the two erstwhile prophets of Comedy Central. Breitbart creation Milos Yiannopoulos’s “Dangerous Faggot” is the dark, twisted underside of Colbert’s creation of the type of bullying, autocratic persona that would be

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FBI Reopens Clinton Email Case – milo.yiannopoulos.net

FBI Director James Comey has announced that thebureau will be probing new emails related to Hillary Clinton. Comey made the announcement in a letter released to the press Friday afternoon. In a previous congressional testimony, I referred to the fact that the FBIhad completed its investigation of former Secretary Clintons personal email server, reads the letter. Due to recent developments, I am writing to supplement my previous testimony. Comey alsostates that the FBIs investigative team briefed Comey on new information concerning the emails sometime yesterday. The director says he agreed that the FBI should take appropriate investigative steps. U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan had this to say: BREAKING NEWS The FBI is reopening its investigation into Secretary Hillary Clinton. My full statement pic.twitter.com/LHfyg46dWk Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) October 28, 2016 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tqPxUbOwAw4 This, of course, has not happened yet. In July, FBI Director James Comey recommended no criminal charges against Clinton based on the information uncovered at that time. Earlier today, Watergate journalist Carl Bernstein commented that the FBI would not have reopened Clintons case unless the new evidence was a huge bombshell. Its unthinkable that the Director of the FBI would take this action lightly, that he would put this letter forth to the Congress of the United States saying there is more information out there about classified emails and call it to the attention of congress unless it was something requiring serious investigation, said Bernstein. Business Insider reports that stocks are plummeting on the S&P 500. The Mexican peso has also fallen drastically; its gone down by 1.3%. The following chart shows how many Pesos can be bought for one U.S. dollar. The devices were seized as part of an investigation into inappropriate texts Weiner sent to a 15-year-old girl. Sources: CNNBusiness InsiderGateway PunditScribd

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MILO: Navy Sides With Seamen, Not Social Justice

The Navy is starting to worry about microaggressions and gendered titles. It’s only a matter of time before ISIS triumphs.

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MILO Most Disinvited Speaker of 2016 As Campus Censorship Hits Record Highs

MILO was the most disinvited speaker of 2016 as levels of campus censorship hit record highs.

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Milo Yiannopoulos, who will speak at CU Boulder, has brought …

What stunt Milo Yiannopoulos will pull during his January visit to the University of Colorado is anybody’s guess, but if his talks at other campuses are any indication, the conservative provocateur likely has something planned. CU leaders have few options for responding if Yiannopoulos singles out students or employees here, like he has at other schools this month. During a speech at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Dec. 13, Yiannopoulos singled out a transgender woman who had protested against a campus policy requiring that “non-conforming genitalia be covered at all times” in the recreation center’s locker rooms. The woman withdrew from the university in October, according to a campus spokesman. Yiannopoulos, who is gay, named and showed a picture of the woman to an in-person audience of more than 300 people, plus others watching online. “The way you know he’s failed is I can still bang him,” Yiannopoulos said, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Yiannopoulos continued to talk about the transgender woman in the days that followed the event, despite a statement condemning his comments from the Wisconsin university’s chancellor. Similarly, during a Dec. 1 visit to West Virginia University, Yiannopoulos showed the audience a photo of a professor with the label “Fat (Expletive).” He made fun of the professor’s weight and poked fun at the professor’s field of study. Yiannopoulos, an editor for the “alt-right” website Breitbart News who was permanently banned from Twitter for inciting racist abuse against an actress, will visit the Boulder campus on Jan. 25 as part of his “Dangerous (Expletive) Tour.” The name of his speaking tour, which also includes a stop on CU’s Colorado Springs campus, contains a gay slur. “Alt-right” is an offshoot of conservatism that has been described as mixing racism, white nationalism and populism. His visit to the Boulder campus, where just 20 percent of students identified as conservative in a 2014 survey, is being organized by the CU College Republicans and by the CU chapter of Turning Point USA, a conservative student activist group. Students, faculty members and a coalition of concerned citizens have expressed concerns about the event to CU Chancellor Phil DiStefano, who has maintained that the university must uphold its commitment to free speech and that all student groups must be free to invite any speaker they want to campus. Faculty say they are considering hosting an alternative event during Yiannopoulos’ visit, an idea the chancellor said he would back. On Wednesday, a group called on the Boulder and Colorado Springs city councils, as well as university leaders, to acknowledge publicly that they do not support or promote Yiannopoulos’ rhetoric. Third-party conduct Campus spokesman Ryan Huff declined to answer questions about the university’s preparations for Yiannopoulos’ visit, including what response CU might have if Yiannopoulos singles out a CU student or employee during his talk. He said he would not discuss hypothetical situations and directed a Daily Camera reporter to past statements and news releases from the campus. Valerie Simons, CU’s director of institutional equity and compliance, said the university’s rules prohibiting discrimination and harassment against members of protected classes apply to third parties, in addition to CU students and employees. At CU, there are 15 protected classes: race, color, national origin, sex, pregnancy, age, disability, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status, political affiliation and political philosophy. All protected-class discrimination and harassment cases require someone a victim, a witness or a mandatory reporting party, such as a supervisor to make a complaint to the university. Investigators in Simons’ office review the complaint to decide if a case will move forward and in what format the university has formal and informal resolution processes. When reviewing each case, investigators consider whether someone has taken action, verbal or physical, against a member of a protected class that interferes with that person’s ability to work or study on the campus. They also consider the severity and pervasiveness of the action. In the case of a third party, such as a campus speaker, the university has limited options for responding to protected-class harassment. “The language (in the policy) specifically talks about whether there’s potential action that could be taken that might be responsive to prohibited conduct, which could include contract termination or property exclusion if appropriate,” Simons said. “That would be case specific. Whether it’s this speaker or another speaker or another third party, we would have to be responding to the facts that are presented.” A property exclusion means that a person is no longer permitted on the CU campus. It’s unclear whether the university has a contract with Yiannopoulos, who does not charge a speaking fee for campus visits, according to a post on his Facebook page. Huff, the campus spokesman, said the two student groups organizing Yiannopoulos’ visit have not requested any university funding to cover other expenses, such as travel and campus security costs. Student groups can use student fees to cover event costs, and Huff said it’s likely that the two groups will apply for student-fee funding in January. ‘Promote inclusive environments’ The university’s institutional equity office can also deploy remedial measures after discrimination or harassment occurs, Simons said. Last fall, the university hired its first-ever director of remedial and protective measures, who is responsible for convening a group of campus officials to determine the best short- and long-term responses to an issue. That group focuses on the needs of individual victims and communities that may be affected by misconduct. Simons said she doesn’t know if someone from her office will attend Yiannopoulos’ event. But she said the CU leadership is committed to fostering a welcoming and inclusive campus environment. Simons pointed to a new educational campaign that will launch in January called “Don’t Ignore It.” “We always have concerns about any event that we think might have a negative impact on our community and the values that we have,” she said. “From my office’s perspective, and certainly from the university’s perspective, we are trying to promote inclusive environments everywhere we are. If there are any kinds of activities on the campus that we do not feel like are promoting that, that’s really the job of my office to respond to those.” Sarah Kuta: 303-473-1106, kutas@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/sarahkuta

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Milo Yiannopoulos – RationalWiki

I have come to believe, in the course of our bizarro unfriendship, that Milo believes in almost nothing concretenot even in free speech. The same is reportedly true of Trump, of people like Ann Coulter, of Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage: They are pure antagonists unencumbered by any conviction apart from their personal entitlement to raw power and stacks of cash. Laurie Penny[1] Milo Yiannopoulos (born 1983, sometimes known as Milo Wagner) is a conservative wingnut yellow journalist[wp] for the alt-right tabloid Breitbart.com. Yiannopoulos is also a Gamergate figurehead, MRA, Jewish Roman Catholic, openly-gay homophobe (yes, really),[2] and an all-around terrible person. Yiannopoulos formerly fronted failed UK tech blog, The Kernel. As a “journalist” for Breitbart, his intern’s blog posts almost exclusively consist of self-aggrandizement, rank hypocrisy[3], straw-men and the regurgitation of dated anti-feminist 4chan/8chan memes. Surprising absolutely no one, Yiannopoulos endorsed Donald Trump (who he refers to as “Daddy,”[4] bringing up some disturbing implications) in the 2016 US presidential election.[5] Yiannopoulos has a deep and abiding need to be smarter than his rubes audience; so he steadily chased downwards to find a demographic befitting his intellect, finally landing on the Gamergate manufactroversy, the racist alt-right movement and the populist, anti-intellectual Breitbart.com “news” website. Given Yiannopoulos’s history of professional failure and general ignorance of technology and gaming culture[6] (along with Breitbart.com’s own sterling reputation for ethical journalism[7][8]), he was clearly the right man to head Breitbart.com’s technology and gaming culture section. Surely, journalism of only the highest intellectual caliber and ethical standards will come of such a pairing. His greatest journalistic assets are probably his British accent and use of humour rather than humor, which his audience confuses with intelligence. After working as a tech writer for The Telegraph, Yiannopoulos left to launch his own techsite, The Kernel, in November 2011 to “fix European technology journalism.” In 2012, Yiannopoulos decided that paying his contributors was unnecessary, resulting in former contributor Jason Hesse winning a summary judgment from an employment tribunal against parent company Sentinel Media.[9]The Kernel closed in March 2013, after Yiannopoulos admitted that the company could not cover the costs, mere days after claiming otherwise. Yiannopoulos also threatened another contributor seeking payment with releasing embarrassing details and photographs, while also accusing him of being behind the “majority of damage to The Kernel”.[10] It took the purchasing of The Kernel’s assets by venture capital group BERLIN42 in 2013 for Yiannopoulos to finally pay his debts.[11] The Kernel is now a subsite of the Daily Dot, and runs anti-Gamergate articles.[12] Without Milo, it probably would have just fizzled out, in all honesty. Seeing a new avenue of gullibility to exploit, Yiannopoulus was one the of the early supporters of Gamergate, criticizing what he saw as the politicization of video game culture by “an army of sociopathic feminist programmers and campaigners, abetted by achingly politically correct American tech bloggers.”[14] This was despite his previously held views on gamers as “pungent beta male bollock-scratchers and twelve-year-olds” and “a bit sad”.[15][16] In addition (and again, prior to his transparently opportunistic involvement with Gamergate), Yiannopoulos appears to have placed some of the blame for the Isla Vista murder spree on video games and gaming culture.[17] Despite his initial claims that Breitbart.com’s tech vertical would be non-partisan (albeit pro-GamerGate),[18] Yiannopoulos dedicates the majority of the area’s original content to his own inane banal uninformed ramblings on his three favorite topics: perceived leftist encroachment in popular media, why men are better than women, and himself.[19][20] The rest of the content primarily consists of YouTube trailers for upcoming video games and wire-service stories re-branded as “by Breitbart News”. Yiannopoulos’s journalistic ethics are what you’d expect from his publisher ethics. He is nearly unmatched in recklessness and his “sources” primarily consist of Twitter trolls and anonymously posted content from the Internet’s sewer (and that sewer’s runoff). He published an article pertaining to Gamergate (which, he openly admits, is culled from 8chan and /r/KotakuInAction[21]) that took seven edits by Breitbart’s editorial and legal staff before it could be posted. Yiannopoulos further established a relationship with Joshua Goldberg, a Gamergater and white-nationalist troll (funny how often that combination seems to occur) who, in turn, fed Yiannopoulos the original claim that Shaun King was white.[22] After Goldberg was arrested on domestic terrorism charges, Yiannopoulos furiously attempted to scrub all evidence of his links to Goldberg,[23] then pretended to have no knowledge of him when called on it,[24] to the point of claiming that the FBI’s arrest of Goldberg that day was part of a conspiracy to smear him, as payback for his releasing another hitpiece on a Gamergate victim target a few hours prior.[25] In actuality, Goldberg was arrested and charged several days before Yiannopoulos posted his article. Yiannopoulos does not in fact write most of the words under his byline, said words being the output of forty-four interns, paid and unpaid (“A lot of these guys are young 4chan guys”), researching and drafting for him. He reassures us that “ghostwriting is too great a word” and that this practice is “completely standard.” So that’s all right, then.[26] In 2015, following the rise of Black Lives Matter, Yiannopoulos published a hitpiece claiming BLM activist Shaun King was actually white and passing as black, akin to Rachel Dolezal.[27] This resulted in a wave of harassment and further defamation from the right wing websphere, resulting in King being forced to publicly reveal his family and personal history (short version: he was the product of an affair between his white mother and a black man other than her husband) in an attempt to quell the shit storm.[28] Yiannopoulos, of course, claimed that this vindicated his story,[29] and wrote another piece claiming that King did not know his biological father. A month later, Yiannopoulos wrote yet another story accusing King of embezzlement, citing several tweets as evidence.[30] Four of those tweets were from his own account. In 2007, Yiannopoulos self-published a book of “poetry” called Eskimo Papoose. It became obviously clear that much of the content was lifted from various Tori Amos songs (with honourable mentions for whoever writes songs for Mariah Carey and Britney Spears, and the script of an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer) with no attribution. When confronted with this clear plagiarism, he responded that the collection was made up of other people’s words and that it was an example of “sampling” like in music.[31] Right then, that explains it. A more likely explanation might be found in Yiannopoulos’s original poetry, which indicates he is perhaps not quite up to standard:[32] He told me to pray That God would forgive But would God forgive him For what he did In my mouth? While Yiannopoulos is actually gay, it is tempting to dismiss some of his public pronouncements on the subject of his own sexuality as mere trolling; but no, he really seems to self-hate and thinks that other gay men should also.[33] Some of Yiannopoulos’s pearls of wisdom on being gay: Yiannopoulos appears to believe that his own homosexuality (or at least his physical reciprocation of it) is a choice and little more than a manifestation of adolescent rebellion and a general dislike of non-subservient women.[39][40] Perceiving the homosexual community as too in bed with progressive politics and no longer part of the counter-culture (along with his continued belief that gays are morally debased and a detriment to society), Yiannopoulos decided to become heterosexual.[41] His tenure as heterosexual appears to have lasted approximately 6 seconds, after which he chose to be gay again. In September 2015, Milo guest-starred on Joe Rogan’s YouTube show. During the interview, he can be heard making a number of eyebrow-raising statements. At one point, Milo claims that I lost my virginity in an interracial fivesome with a drag queen.” “How old were you?” asks Rogan. “Thirteen, maybe fourteen… it was great.[43] Later on, Rogan touches upon child abuse amongst Catholic priests; this prompts Milo to discuss a priest from his childhood. “He made you suck his dick for real?” asks Rogan. “He didn’t make me, I was enthusiastic about it.”[44] Milo goes on to state that “he was a great priest… he’s going to get lynched now.” “How old were you at the time?” asks Rogan. “I was in my teens,” replies Milo, before going on to ask Rogan “You’ve never seen a fifteen-year-old girlat any point in your life, however, old you wereyou’ve never seen a fifteen-year-old-girl you thought was hot? When you were twenty-five, when you were thirty, you will have seen girls at fifteen you thought were hot, of course, you did.”[45] Milo then clarifies his experiences: “I was a very mature fourteen-year-old. It wasn’t molestation, it was perfectly consensual. When I was fourteen, trust me, I was the predator… I was aggressively seeking out the sexual company of adults.”[46] At another point in the interview, Milo claims that I lived in Hollywood a while ago, briefly, and I went to… boat parties, house parties and things, and some of the things I have seen beggared belief. I don’t want to be indiscreet about specific people because I think it’s going to be dangerous, but I can tell you the truth without dropping anyone in it. Some of the boys there were very young.”[47] He does not identify the criminals, however. It turns out that a gay man of Jewish descent who can’t stop talking about how much he loves having sex with black dudes is not universally loved by homophobic racist anti-Semites. With Gamergate’s popularity (and, presumably, his and Breitbarts’ readership) declining, Yiannopoulos chose to find a new ass to kiss in an attempt to stay relevant, settling on the burgeoning Alt-Right movement. As such, he (and/or his interns) and colleague Allum Bokhari penned a 5,000 word love-letter primer for the movement,[49] whereby Yiannopoulos and his co-author described the pseudo-intellectual voices behind the movement the bulk of whom were writers from openly anti-Semitic and racist organisations such as VDARE and American Renaissance[wp] as “dangerously bright”.[42] The Daily Stormer responded by telling them to eff off, accusing them of completely misrepresenting the movement to better serve their own interests (The horror!), taking particular umbrage with their claims that the alt-right does what they do as a joke, and aren’t really racist at all. (So, that’s all right, then.)[49] Why Yiannopoulos, who is both gay and ethnically Jewish (but raised Roman Catholic), and Bokhari, who is part-Pakistani, both thought that trying to ally themselves with a bunch of Nazis (and tying Breitbart’s already sketchy reputation to them) was a good idea in the first place is unclear. Despite his heritage, Yiannopoulos has embraced many of the neo-Nazi tropes about “Jews run[ning] everything” from the banks to the media, saying that “They’re right about all that stuff it’s a statistical fact [that] Jews are vastly disproportionately. It’s just a fact. It’s not anti-Semitic to point out statistics.”[50] During his college years, Milo also enjoyed sporting his Iron Cross around town, made jokes about the Holocaust before the alt-right was even a thing, and had a fondness for reading speeches by Adolf Hitler.[42][51] Andrew Anglin of The Daily Stormer an openly neo-Nazi website from the alt-right said this, following Milo’s suspension from Twitter: Repeatedly, the dick-loving kike and self-appointed leader of the Neo-Nazi movement has been messed with by Twitter, but now it appears he is permanently banned. This “suspension” comes after he engaged in the trolling campaign against the gorilla-like star of the new feminist Ghostbusters film. This was funny credit where credit is due. Actually, Milo has done a few funny things, just none to justify his attempt to normalize man-on-man anal sex with Blacks in the Nazi movement. Probably, on some cosmic level, it is hilarious that large numbers of people are like, “yeah, great, the Nazi movement has a homosexual Jew leader.” I am able to glimpse the cosmic hilarity of this at certain moments, but then I immediately return to the reality situation, which is that I hate this.[52] Yiannopoulos’ Twitter account has been suspended repeatedly in the past for TOS violations.[53] In January of 2016, in an unconscionable act of terrorism business as usual with users who harass and behave like incorrigible adolescents, Twitter removed the “verified” badge from Yiannopoulos’ Twitter account, and sent him an email advising this had happened due to his recent violations of the Twitter Rules.[54] Soon enough, Yiannopoulosand all True Friends of Libertybegan pushing the hashtag #JeSuisMilo, since it’s totally not hyperbolic to compare a journalist losing his little blue tick mark to other journalists literally being murdered by terrorists. Because there is no benevolent deity who has a clue, soon it was (according to Breitbart) “the #1 top trending topic in the U.K, U.S, and Canada and it trended globally at the #3 spot for several hours.”[55] In an inspiring display of civic virtue, U.S. Patriots immediately rallied and launched a petition at whitehouse.gov imploring that the Kenyan Marxist Muslim President Obama should declare his opposition to Twitter’s “war on libertarian and millennial voices.” The leader of the world’s superpower must demand: “Give Milo back his badge!”[56] Yiannopoulos warned that this gross violation of his human rights signals that Twitter “is gearing up to purge conservatives.” His employer valiantly stood behind him, declaring the loss of Yiannopoulos’ little blue tick mark a declaration of “war on conservative media.”[57] Twitter’s refusal to specify what got Yiannopoulos’ badge taken away is troubling to some.[58] But, even given no solid information on this particular incident, it’s unlikely that Yiannopoulos’ heart-wrenching persecution is the consequence of merely expressing his generally noxious views rather than the harassment he and his followers engage in. Twitter now considers “indirect threats” as “hateful conduct”, and considers inciting harassment (say, pointing followers at another user to harass them) a violation.[59] Given those changes, Yiannopoulos’ decertification appears to be at least somewhat related to an exchange where he tweeted You deserve to be harassed you social justice loser following a users request that Yiannopoulos’ Twitter followers cease a campaign of harassment. He was decertified soon after that tweet.[60] Although the tweet was widely believed to be mean, it was actually a joke between friends. The tweet was directed at @ComfortablySmug, a fellow conservative[61] and friend of Milo.[62] Despite Breitbart.com’s prognostication that Twitter would soon “purge” all traces of conservatism from the platform following Yiannopoulos’ decertification [63], there is no indication that such a thing occurred. Yiannopoulos’ decertification appears directly related to his behavior, and not his political beliefs. Milo took the fight offline, surging forward in his war to regain his blue checkmark. His next target? The White House, crashing a press conference in an effort to get justice.[64] (Yes, that White House. No, we are not joking.) One might wonder why someone who is so offended that he takes his fight over a verified checkmark on Twitter to the White House thinks he has any right to laugh and jeer at so-called “SJW”‘s for being outraged over pretty much anything else. During a series of speeches in front of (mostly Republican) student conventions, an event at DePaul university had to be canceled due to violent student protests[65][66]. Likely a counterproductive approach since Milo will get only more media attention this way. This controversy peaked once more in June 15, 2016, when Milo’s Twitter account was temporarily suspended following an announcement by Milo of a press conference with regards to Islam and homosexuality after the Orlando shooting incident.[67][68] His account was reinstated within an hour, but not before the hashtags #FreeMilo and #FreeNero (referring to his Twitter handle) trended globally, and conspiracy theories of censorship flooded the alt-right websphere, including Donald Trump subforums on Reddit.[69] As of writing, Twitter has not commented on the suspension. On July 18, 2016, Milo encouraged his followers to join in the harassment of actress/comedienne Leslie Jones[wp] in an attempt to drive her off Twitter. Jones was one of the stars in the recently released remake of the 1984 comedy film Ghostbusters, which had become a major source of contention in alt-right circles due to the fact that the remake meant the original was no longer available and every copy of it on whatever medium, wherever in the world it was, would be hunted down and destroyed and thus could never be viewed again changed the lead roles from four men to that of four women. Jones brought forth public attention to the abusive messages she was receiving, many of which included racist remarks or imagery such as repeatedly comparing the African-American Jones to gorillas and other apes. Ultimately, Jones decided to leave the service.[70] In the wake of numerous complaints and the media attention that the harassment campaign was generating, Twitter finally decided on July 19, 2016, to permanently suspend Milo’s account and released the following statement: We know many people believe we have not done enough to curb this type of behavior on Twitter. We agree. We are continuing to invest heavily in improving our tools and enforcement systems to better allow us to identify and take faster action on abuse as its happening and prevent repeat offenders. We have been in the process of reviewing our hateful conduct policy to prohibit additional types of abusive behavior and allow more types of reporting, with the goal of reducing the burden on the person being targeted. Well provide more details on those changes in the coming weeks.[71] Milo posted a response on Breitbart, calling the suspension cowardly, and stated “Twitter has confirmed itself as a safe space for Muslim terrorists and Black Lives Matter extremists, but a no-go zone for conservatives.” Only a few days earlier, Yiannopoulos called Twitter “cowards” for not banning him.[72] Yiannopoulos all-encompassing narcissism lead him to declare that this would “[net] me more adoring fans” and that “This is the end for Twitter.”[73] His banning gained him the support of Louise Mensch,[wp] a woman who insisted that Twitter equally censor other users who had tweeted offensive things such as users describing gamers as “subhuman filth” though, of course, Mensch had previously described Milo as a “subhuman pig”.[74] His fans created a Fake Tweet Generator that manufactured, well, fake tweets and attributed them to Leslie Jones; this is libel, and this is one of the several acts of expression that is not protected under free speech. Milo retweeted two of these fake tweets, thereby contributing to the libel. But then, as noted technology journalist Milo Yiannopoulos said in 2012:[75] In 2016, Milo registered the Yiannopoulos Privilege Grant (originally started as a joke to troll perceived SJWs) as part of an reverse-affirmative action programme for young white males, as they claim affirmative action is unfair to white males: Of course, it goes without saying that the claims made by the Privilege Grant website were complete bullshit,[77][78] but a number of somewhat gullible white men fell for the scam. The Privilege Grant collected funds by hosting a livestream of a 5 hours talk with a number of significant alt-right figures, including: Blaire White[wp], Margaret MacLennon[wp], Lauren Southern and Milo,[79] most of whom spoke out against the grant once they realised what Milo was swindling his white males out of. Reports on how much money was collected through this stream vary, but the steam generated a substantial amount;[80] Milo told The Daily Beast that overall donations total about $100,000 and pledges about another $250,000.[81] The grant also collected funds through the (now defunct) donation page on his personal store.[82] The scandal, first reported by /u/enough__is___enough on /r/EnoughTrumpSpam over at Reddit, is that despite claims that applications would start in spring 2016, as of August 2016 there was no application option on the webpage.[83] Further digging found out that Caligula Limited, the company to which donations were routed and which was owned by Milo, had been dissolved as a company.[84][85] So where did the money go? The former director of the Privilege Grant alludes to the fact that Milo wired the money to his personal account at Silicon Valley Bank. Caligula Limited was active until May 2016 for “grant donations”, then, before having the chance to award grant money in the summer, this company was dissolved and the money seems to have dissolved with it (note again that the grant was set up in Feb 2016). In fact, the former director of the Grant has a copy of his wiring instructions implying that there was a transfer to Milo’s personal banking accounts.[86][87] The participants of the livestream as well as the former director are demanding answers. The grant never materialized, and everyone involved has been left in the dark.[88] Milo claimed that the allegations made against him including a claim that he had spent $250,000 on drugs were “garbage” on Facebook, and dismissed allegations against him as “conspiracy theories”.[89][90] The official Privilege Grant website was forced to issue an official statement for damage control, claiming that Milo was just a little late in the whole actually paying out money malarkey,[91] because he’s just soooo popular… Profiting off of the desire to seek a higher education. Like Daddy, like son. Additionally, The Guardian noted that this controversy shadowed the controversy over Trumps fundraising for veterans: “The GOP candidate announced in January he had raised $6m but months later many groups said they had to see any money, prompting an outcry and eventual payment by Trump.”[90]

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Trolling in the name of free speech: How Milo Yiannopoulos …

How would you feel if a speaker a total stranger whom youve never met came to your university and singled you out for harassment? How about if a video of that event were uploaded to YouTube, where more than200,000 people could watch the speaker repeatedly bully you, all while the audience egged him on? And what if the campus knew that this was a possibility given the speakers well-documented history of abuse and did nothing about it? For Adelaide Kramer, those questions arent hypothetical. Kramer unwittingly found herself the subject of a speech delivered by Milo Yiannopoulos, a notorious Twitter troll who last Tuesday brought his Dangerous Faggot tour to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Kramer, a transgender student who identifies as nonbinary, lobbied the university to gain access to the womens locker room, stating that Title IX protections under the Education Amendments Act of 1972 banned discrimination in schools on the basis of gender identity. Kramer was successful in doing so. In May, Justice and Education Departments sent a letter to schools advising that the law, which initially provided protections on the basis of race, religion, and gender, extended to trans students. According to Yiannopoulos, Kramer forced his way into womens locker rooms. Yiannopoulos said while a photo of Kramer was projected on stage for audience ridicule: He got into the womens room the way liberals always operate, using the government and the courts to weasel their way where they dont belong. Title IXis used to put men into womens bathrooms. I have known some passing trannies in my life. Trannies . . . youre not allowed to say that. Ive known some passing trannies, which is to say transgender people who pass as the gender they would like to be considered. He added that he didnt find Kramer passable enough. The way that you know hes failing is Id almost still bang him, Yiannopoulos said to audience laughter. Kramer herself was in the audience. The 33-year-old Yiannopoulos, who was a little-known tech writer before meticulously rebranding himself as an alt-right enfant terrible, is being hosted by free speech groups across the country. He panders, however, to a conservative fantasy of speaking truth to political correctness whileactually promoting harassment and violence against marginalized groups who are then blamed for the bigotry he promotes. Critics might argue that his detractors are merely special snowflakes who wish to be protected from ideas they disagree with, but its Yiannopoulos whom students need protected from. Yiannopoulos, who is openly gay, has referred to himself as the most fabulous supervillain on the Internet, like Cruella de Vil in hot pink short shorts. That description makes him sound a lot more interesting than he he is. The bleach blond Brit has ridden the coattails of a national backlash against PC culture, epitomized by the election of Donald Trump to the presidency, to promote bigotry in the name of intellectual freedom. His ideas are incendiaryand about as deep as a Sunday brunch mimosa. Like the demagogue-elect whom Yiannopoulos worships, he knows how to get attention. When Milo who is the only Breitbart writer recognizable enough to use his first name as a byline appeared at Chicagos DePaul University in May, he antagonized the people of color who protested his lecture: Ive worked out why there are so many black girls here. Its because I fucked their brothers, he said. Yiannopoulos further bragged that his talk, which was organized by DePaul College Republicans, would lead to the arrests of people of color on campus. I give it 20 minutes, he added. The statistics of black incarceration are about to go up. In the interest of full disclosure: I attended DePaul University both as an undergraduate and graduate student, where I received my masters degree in media and cinema studies. But before transferring to DePaul, I spent a year at the University of Cincinnati, where a fundamentalist zealot would frequently preach hate to students from the safety of the quad. The area he occupied was known as the Free Speech Zone, which meant he was at liberty to rail against gays, feminists and all manner of contemporary evil with impunity. But students in the know warned others not to take the bait: His mission was to get attacked so asto drum up support for religious extremism. By successfully painting himself as the victim, a warrior of God assaulted by the heathens of the New Left, he could successfully solicit donations from the faithful with a little extra coin to spare. Fear is a great marketing campaign. Thats more or less what took place at DePaul. After Yiannopoulos painted people of color as criminals and sex objects, students of color stormed the stage, taking the microphone from his hands. DePaul College Republicans complained that they were being silenced by the Orwellian forces of the safe space brigade. As a result, the universitys president, the Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider personally apologized to campus conservatives in a press release. Holtschneider claimed that he was ashamed for DePaul University. Media coverage largely depicted the protesting students as news outlets so often do following such controversies as coddled crybabies who yell trigger warning! at the first sign of a threat to their liberal bubble. Thats sometimes true. Undergrads, many of whomgrappling with concepts of social justice for the first time, frequently let youthful idealism cloud a nuanced understanding of how the world functions. Isnt that what college is for? The hysteria over collegiate oversensitivity eclipsed the grave impact of Yiannopoulos speech, which set off a firestorm of racial hate on DePauls campus. Following his lecture, ThinkProgress reported that DePaul students discovered nooses strewn around campus. While conservatives had chalked the sidewalks with pro-Trump slogans in the days leading up to the event, they replaced them with a more permanent rejoinder: Fuck Mexico was painted in black outside the schools quad. When The Daily Caller, a popular right-wing blog, reported that Ada Cheng, a womens studies professor, resigned in protest over Yiannopoulos speech, she received death threats. Internet trolls even targeted her page on Rate My Professor. This is what Yiannopoulos does, and he is extraordinarily successful at it. When Twitter revoked his verified badge in January, the alt-right figurehead claimed that the social media platform had targeted him for being a Republican. Effectively they have privileged progressive opinions over mine and reduced my power and influence in the marketplace, he told Fusion in an email. Thats a real thing. By crying persecution, Yiannopoulos became an conservative cause clbre, trending under the hashtag #JeSuisMilo. He was blocked, though, for the same reason that DePaul declined to invite him back, while colleges like New York University, University of Miami and Florida Atlantic University have disinvited him from their campuses: Yiannopoulos threatens the safety and dignity of minority groups. Although Twitter has not said why Milo was unverified, many have pointed to a tweet in which Yiannopoulos told one of his liberal critics that he deserves to be harassed. Months later, he put that wish into action, inciting his cadre of trolls to harass comedian Leslie Jones, one of the stars of Paul Feigs Ghostbusters reboot. Jones was referred to as an ape on Twitter, while receiving photos of herself with semen all over her face. Trolls hacked her website, posting nude photos uploaded from her personal iCloud account to the page. When it comes to Milos treatment of women, particularly queer women and rape victims, thats par for the course. For his role in the controversy, Yiannopoulos was permanently banned from the microblogging site which, of course, has made him more popular than ever. He is scheduled to speak at Washington State University, theUniversity of Colorado Boulder, theUniversity of New Mexicoand the University of California, Los Angeles in the coming months. Viewed as one of the leading young conservative voices, hes a regular on networks like CNBC, ABC and Fox News. That feedback loop wont stop until colleges and other institutions that host Milo in the name of free speech follow Twitters lead and stop giving him a platformsothatmore students wont find themselves in Adelaide Kramers shoes. Whats particularly troubling is that Yiannopoulos has continued harassing the trans student who is in no way a public figure at other stops on his tour. At an appearance in Minnesota, he boasted that Kramer dropped out of school because of the harassment she experienced. This young man was desperate for a bit of tit and minge, Yiannopoulos said. But it turns out, hes going to quit the university. (Kramer confirmed this in an interview with Mic but her decision came in response to the colleges handling of the situation, not Yiannopoulos.) Dont let the feather boa fool you. Yiannopoulos, a rebel whose cause is himself, doesnt really care about the ideals of unfettered personal expression to which he gleefully panders. He wants what any troll wants: attention, no matter whose life is destroyed in the process.

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MILO: Christmas Is Capitalist, And That’s Great

It was capitalism and Ebenezer Scrooge’s wealth that allowed him to pay for Tiny Tim’s medical treatment in the end of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.

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December 16, 2016   Posted in: Milo Yiannopoulos  Comments Closed


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