Breitbart tech editor Milo Yiannopoulos announced his resignation from the far-right news website Tuesday after a firestorm over his comments in which he appeared to condone pedophilia.
Prior to the latest developments I was more a casual Milo observer than a ‘fan’, but since this witch hunt kicked off I’ve become a fan and fully intend to buy his book and attend an event. The whole situation is overflowing with hypocrisy — the American right is filled with pedos and boy touchers, and the left — in the midst of its glee over this controversy seems to have totally forgotten its longtime ‘listen to the victim’ schtick. In short, everyones a fuckin asshole…except me.
Milo recently addressed the outrage over the clips — which if you haven’t seen them were edited and taken wildly out of context.
Among his more salient points were the fact that Milo who is himself a victim of sexual abuse, uses dark ‘gallows’ humor to address this chapter of his life, and has been responsible for the arrest of several child sex offenders. But why let facts get in the way of a good witch hunt? People have spent the last year or so trying to silence Milo, because in 2017 when someone says something that we disagree with we go out of our way to ruin their career and reputation. Never mind beating them on the battlefield of ideas the way Bill Maher set out to do in last week’s Overtime.
Nope, in 2017 if you say the wrong thing about the wrong people — in Milo’s case that would be Islam and feminism — you may as well slap a big fat bullseye on your own back. The mob will not be silenced until you are! It’s so disgusting that it seems un-American to do so.
And please, spare me the dribble about how ‘the first amendment doesn’t protect you from the consequences of your speech.’ While that may be entirely true in the most technical sense, it’s little more than a convenient way to socially manipulate the spirit of free speech and free expression that we’re supposed to value in this country. It’s also part of the reason that we have found ourselves with an Orange skinned jackass in the oval office. People became so tired of being told what was socially acceptable to think or say that they eventually shut up and did their talking on election day, and surprise surprise they voted for the guy who used every debate, tweet, and campaign event as an opportunity to roast his opponents in the most crass manner possible.
Or as Milo put it:
Don’t think for a moment that this will stop me being as offensive, provocative and outrageously funny as I want on any subject I want. America has a colossal free speech problem. The land of the First Amendment has some of the most oppressive social restrictions on free expression anywhere in the western world. I’m proud to be a warrior for free speech and creative expression.
I want everyone in America, the greatest country in the history of human civilisation, to be able to be, do, read and say anything. I will never stop fighting for your right to do that.
If you have the time his full press conference is worth checking out.