Milo Yiannopoulos burst into the mainstream on February 20, 2017 because of an attack from Big Media and the GOPe who want to permanently marginalise him.
What happened to him needs a post because recent news about him, described below, has even reached Spain’s El País!
For the past year, Milo has toured American university campuses promoting his own quirky brand of conservativism, involving a) support of Donald Trump, b) decrying social justice warriors and c) discussing his gayness. He also gives interviews, most recently for Bill Maher, and makes his own podcasts.
Milo, 32, was born in Kent — England. His father is Greek and his mother is British. His maternal grandmother is Jewish. That is an important detail which will be explained below.
He attended Simon Langton Grammar School for Boys in Canterbury. His childhood was troubled. His parents divorced when he was young and his mother remarried. Milo and his stepfather did not get along. He went to live with his grandmother.
N.B.: Portions of the rest of this post are unsuitable for children and impressionable adolescents.
In one of the college campus videos I saw in 2016 — Rutgers — Milo said that he wanted to stay gay to shock his mother. He said that she found him in bed one morning with another young man.
In the same video, he went on to say that he considered being gay a reversible lifestyle. For him, it was a way to rebel.
He said he wants to get married — to a woman — and have children. However, for the moment, he was enjoying his black boyfriend too much.
Milo also railed against lesbians, which might be why the Left hate him so much.
Here’s the Rutgers talk from February 16, 2016:
Education and business acumen
I had not heard of Milo before the presidential primary in 2016.
However, he got his start in the UK. Although he did not graduate from either the University of Manchester or Wolfson College, Cambridge (a constituent college of the famous university), he had the nous to get a technology assignment with the Daily Telegraph in 2009. That led to his becoming a social commentator and interviews on BBC Breakfast, Sky News and the BBC’s Newsnight, where he discussed various subjects from Benedict XVI’s visit to the UK to gay marriage.
During this time, he co-founded an online tech magazine, The Kernel, which made its debut in 2011. It had its financial ups and downs. Daily Dot Media bought it in 2014.
That same year, Milo began investigating Gamergate. He intended to write a book about it. He received threatening items in the post during this time. The culmination came in 2015, when he attended a Gamergate meeting in Washington DC which received a bomb threat investigated by the FBI. Later that year, he appeared at a Society for Professional Journalists event which had to be evacuated for the same reason.
Milo aside, for a number of Millennials, Gamergate ended up being about the assault by the Left on their opponents. I do not know much of anything about Gamergate, but a number of gamers sought refuge on Reddit and are regular members of The_Donald. Gamergate had a role to play in the conservatism of American twenty-somethings.
In 2015, Milo became the technical editor for Breitbart in the US. He is now their senior editor.
Early in 2017
Milo is known for referring to Trump as ‘Daddy’. That said, he is highly articulate and expresses himself well, constructing logical arguments against the Left.
In November 2016, the Washington Post put him forward as a possible press secretary for the president-elect:
If he really wants to shake things up, Trump could install Yiannopoulos — the self-described “most fabulous supervillain on the internet” — as his press secretary.
Until recently, Milo also had a book scheduled to be published by Simon & Schuster. That is how influential he has become. More on what happened to the book below.
His appearance at USC Berkeley was cancelled earlier this month by leftist rioters, who went on the rampage, assaulting Trump supporters standing in the queue at the university waiting to be let in for the talk and, among other things, going off campus to destroy an ATM stall at a nearby bank branch. Police stood by and did nothing.
On February 3, 2017 The Daily Caller reported (emphases mine):
The left-wing group that helped organize the violent shut down of the Milo Yiannopoulos event at the University of California, Berkeley on Wednesday is backed by a progressive charity that is in turn funded by George Soros, a major labor union and several large companies.
The Alliance for Global Justice, based in Tucson, is listed as an organizer and fiscal sponsor for Refuse Fascism, a communist group that encouraged left-wingers to shut down the Yiannopoulos event.
The call to arms succeeded. Yiannopoulos’ talk was cancelled after demonstrators lit fires, vandalized businesses, and assaulted Donald Trump and Yiannopoulos supporters …
And on its Facebook page, the group asserted that the vandalism and arson were not “violence.” Instead, the group argued that Yiannopoulos and Trump perpetrate violence through the policies they support.
In an interview with Alex Jones, which I heard at the weekend, Milo expressed his astonishment at the melée. Speaking personally, he said that America represented the pinnacle of free speech. He was incredulous that unhinged protesters could get by with uncontrolled violence just because they disagreed with what he was going to say.
On February 8, Milo and Jones discussed a ‘Back to Berkeley’ event at which they would appear together:
Bill Maher interview
After the Berkeley talk was cancelled, Milo gave an interview to Bill Maher, who has a long-running left-of-centre political chat show on HBO. Milo, known for his rhetoric, impressed the leftists in the audience.
The show aired on Friday, February 17. I do not watch Maher, but The_Donald has more about the interview, wherein Milo criticised:
someone who panders to gays while taking money from Saudi Arabia? I’ll take Trump any f—–g day.
A panellist asked Milo if he was American. Milo replied in the negative and the panellist — a Democrat — told him to ‘f’ off.
Comments at The_Donald (same link), which judged audience reaction, were positive, such as this one:
In my opinion this interview wasn’t to actually debate or “redpill” people, the entire point of this interview was to show how Milo wasn’t some “alt right death squad neo-nazi”.
To that goal I think this interview went great and the people who thought he was a nazi or whatever now see how foolish these Berkeley people and commiefornians really are.
The Left’s outrage is ironic, given that Milo’s maternal grandmother is Jewish and his boyfriend is black.
Here are the videos:
The next day, February 18, The Hollywood Reporter featured an exclusive, ‘Milo Yiannopoulos Tapped as Keynote Speaker at Conservative Political Action Conference’.
Many were stunned to read the news:
The Washington gathering, known as CPAC, is the premier event for established conservatives. This year’s speakers include Vice President Mike Pence, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, former presidential candidate Carly Fiorina and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, as well as media personalities Sean Hannity, Lou Dobbs, Mark Levin and actor Robert Davi.
None of the 60 or so confirmed speakers, though, will have more stage time than Yiannopoulos at this year’s event, which is set to run Feb. 22-25 at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center outside Washington, D.C. The speeches will be broadcast live on C-SPAN.
Organizers of CPAC are set to officially announce on Saturday the addition of Yiannopoulos, whose Friday night appearance on Real Time With Bill Maher has been a hot topic among conservatives and liberals alike. On the show, he criticized HBO stars Amy Schumer, Sarah Silverman and Lena Dunham and addressed his well-known problem with actress Leslie Jones.
Yiannopoulos told The Hollywood Reporter his CPAC presentation will focus on his “experiences in America battling feminists, Black Lives Matter, the media, professors and the entertainment industry.”
Really? Could it be? If so, how daring! A new and crucial chapter would begin for the GOP!!
Hopes were high among Trump supporters sceptical of the Republican status quo that the party might actually be broadening its horizons.
Milo, for all his faults, really did get a lot of younger people to question the Left and Big Media. He did bring in a share of the youthful Trump vote.
Spirits at The_Donald were understandably buoyant. Here are three representative comments:
Milo is no longer counter culture, Milo is mainstream. Great work Berkeley, you stopped him!
Lol well if anyone can be a red pill it’s this guy. Hopefully some people watching change their minds.
Milo is a SUPERSTAR
However, just hours later, Milo’s employer Breitbart posted ‘Leftist and Establishment Conservatives Freak Out over Milo CPAC Speech’, showing that a Twitter row had exploded.
GOPe supporters quickly voiced their disapproval. No surprise there.
National Review — always NeverTrump — tweeted the CPAC organiser Matt Schlapp:
Jonathan Cook, another member of the NeverTrump camp and the PR man for Conservatives for Environmental Reform, said:
NeverTrumpers strike back
On Sunday, February 19, Milo gave an interview to Breitbart News Daily on Sirius XM.
As usual, he spoke the unpalatable truth:
“You listeners will know I’m not prone to self-flattery, but it might strike you as strange that one gay guy from Britain has managed to accomplish more than thirty years of other conservatives on American college campuses,” proclaimed MILO. “It’s very depressing” …
“I wonder where the rest of the conservative movement has been,” MILO continued. “I think the answer is: writing essays, investing in think tanks and magazines that nobody reads, [and] complaining about the problems rather than going and actually doing something about it.”
“Now I know some conservatives find my style a little abrasive and my message a little coarse, but they’re working, and they’re working in the same way that Donald Trump is,” he concluded. “He’s not refined… but he gets the job done, and I think I’m doing something of the same on college campuses. So [at CPAC I will point out] a few observations about where I think the conservative movement has perhaps been getting it slightly wrong and what I think you guys should focus on in the next ten years.”
Breitbart readers were, rightly, over the moon.
However, dark clouds loomed on the horizon. NeverTrumper Glenn Beck — a formerly informative person when on Fox News but much different afterwards on his site The Blaze — was deeply unhappy.
One of Beck’s journalists had a root around Milo’s extensive videos and posted ‘Video surfaces of Milo Yiannopoulos defending pedophilia, ACU board reportedly not consulted on CPAC invite’. The article excerpted interviews Milo gave in 2015 and 2016, concerning the aforementioned Father Michael who molested him — and paedophilia in general. The article concludes with a Blaze observation on CPAC and President Trump:
Last year’s keynote speaker was conservative radio host Glenn Beck, who many criticized in 2016 for being an outspoken critic of then-candidate Donald Trump. Beck didn’t support Trump because he didn’t think Trump was conservative enough.
Milo marginalised for now
Glenn Beck can pat himself on the back.
He succeeded in not only getting Milo off CPAC altogether but also managed to stymie his book contract with Simon & Schuster.
NeverTrumpers are cheering.
Before I describe what happened, I am of two minds about Milo. First, I applaud his common sense and the sterling work he did with young university-age voters. Secondly, it’s a shame he is so crude. Thirdly, I wish he weren’t gay and would just start a family.
Now back to the story. Here is a composite of messages (created by someone at The_Donald) about Milo’s downfall as seen from the NeverTrump perspective. The small print in the cream coloured box is the lead post to an exchange on 4chan/pol/ (strong language warning, although there is much truth in what people wrote).
The 4chan/pol/ post was created early in the morning of Monday, February 20. It began:
FYI the MSM has a huge … media onslaught that is set to go live Monday to scorch earth Milo and destroy him via the pedophile label …
The poster says that a) left-wing media people are angry Milo got air time on Bill Maher’s show; b) they are similarly angry Milo has a book deal with a major publishing house and c) they are trying to discredit Donald Trump and his adviser Breitbart‘s Steve Bannon.
Here is another salient point:
Expect a steady drumbeat of “Milo is a pedophile” and “Milo must be dropped from CPAC”. The latter is especially important, in terms of the divide and conquer long game the press is playing: the press wants a civil war with the McCain/Graham wing of the GOP and the Trump/Ryan wing so as to weaken the Republicans in 2018. The overall plan is to make the Republicans fear social shaming from the media and the left more than they do their actual constituents who love Trump, in hopes of regaining the House and enough Senate seats to pull off an impeachment of Trump.
Later that day, the left-wing Daily Beast had the whole story, beginning with this:
Milo Yiannopoulos, the conservative provocateur and face of the alt-right, has been disinvited from the Conservative Political Action Conference after a recording surfaced where he appeared to defend pedophilia.
“Due to the revelation of an offensive video in the past 24 hours condoning pedophilia, the American Conservative Union has decided to rescind the invitation of Milo Yiannopoulos to speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference,” American Conservative Union Chairman Matt Schlapp said in a statement.
“We realize that Mr. Yiannopoulous [sic] has responded on Facebook, but it is insufficient,” the statement continued.
This is Milo’s Facebook statement.
The Daily Beast article reports the outrage from Republicans involved in the event and lists more of Milo’s past sins:
Yiannopoulos rose to prominence as an editor at Breitbart where he used his Twitter account as a platform for harassment. He was inevitably suspended for remarks he made about actress Leslie Jones. Additionally, Yiannopoulos created a grant program for white students to attend college and, as The Daily Beast reported, initially pocketed $100,000 for himself.
Hours after the CPAC announcement appeared, Publishers Weekly reported that Simon & Schuster backed away from Milo’s book:
After enduring withering criticism since it was revealed in late December that it planned to publish a book by controversial Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos, Simon & Schuster said late Monday that it has canceled the book.
A brief statement released by the company read: “After careful consideration, Simon & Schuster and its Threshold Editions imprint have cancelled publication of Dangerous by Milo Yiannopoulos.”
While S&S has stayed behind its decision to publish the book for almost two months, the last straw may have come over the weekend when organizers of the Conservative Political Action Conference disinvited Yiannopoulos after a video interview emerged of him appearing to condone pedophilia. Yiannopoulos denied that he condoned pedophilia and that the video had been edited. Nevertheless Matt Schlapp, chairman of the American Conservative Union which is organizing the meeting, issued a statement early on Monday saying they had canceled his appearance. S&S’s statement followed a few hours later.
Vox Day, a Christian blogger who writes socio-political commentary under a pseudonym, analysed the Milo controversy in ‘Operation Destroy Milo’.
Vox Day is a youngish Trump supporter himself and sees that this isn’t so much about Milo as it is Trump, his advisers and the new alt-right journalists and commentators, who are every bit as talented as those on the Left:
In case you didn’t realize that the concerted effort to take down Milo was a designated media hit that is aimed to divide and conquer Republicans …
They are particularly frightened of the Alt-Right, of course, because only the Alt-Right has the courage to actually attack them …
Keep that in mind if you feel inclined to wax indignant and turn your back in huffy righteousness on Milo, Gavin [McInnes], Steve, Laura [Ingraham], Ann [Coulter], or Anthony [Cumia]. Or, eventually, Mike Cernovich, Stefan Molyneux, and me. You are being played by the Left. You are, quite literally, serving their interests.
Some of Vox Day’s readers think that Milo is emblematic of a new counterculture, not dissimilar to the Beats of the 1950s (Kerouac, Kesey, Ginsberg) and the youth movement of the 1960s (Summer of Love, antiwar movement). Could be. We’ll see.
What happened to Milo is a perfect illustration of how the interests of the Left, including the media, and the GOPe — the NeverTrumpers — intersect. All are globalists.
Note what happened on February 14 with General Flynn — just under a week ago. This is salami-slicing to diminish support for Trump, bit by bit.
Even though Trump has never met Milo, the objective here is to get to Steve Bannon, the president’s closest adviser in many ways. Stay tuned.
UPDATE — Tuesday, February 21, 2017
The Daily Mail published an article, ‘”Witch-hunt”: Milo quits Breitbart over paedophilia storm’.
Milo held a press conference today in New York, accusing media and political adversaries of conducting a ‘witch-hunt’ against him, however, he maintained he would not be silenced.
He again apologised for previous language he used that could have been construed wrongly. He reiterated that he does not approve of child abuse and stated again that he was a victim of it.
Milo also resigned from Breitbart.
He said he has an 01-B visa, which the Mail says, is granted to foreigners of ‘extraordinary ability’, therefore, he is likely to be able to continue to live and work in the United States.
The article states that Milo said that Steve Bannon made him ‘a star’.
However, the current editor-in-chief of Breitbart, Alex Marlow, told the media outfit’s radio show that Milo’s views on sexuality were:
‘indefensible’, ‘troubling’ and ‘upsetting’ — and ‘a total surprise’ to his employers.
Really? Everyone else knew for at least a year. Breitbart must have known something for longer.
Breitbart, his employer, had however stood by him. At his press conference he said that he would not be deterred from carving out a career as a conservative and libertarian provocateur.
In the end, Milo left graciously:
In quitting Breitbart, he said he did not want to distract from the site’s work. In a statement, he said: ‘Breitbart news has stood by me when others caved.
‘They have allowed me to carry conservative and libertarian ideas to communities that would otherwise never have heard them.
‘They have been a significant factor in my success. I’m grateful for that freedom and for the friendships I forged there.
‘I would be wrong to allow my poor choice of words to detract from my colleagues’ important reporting, so today I am resigning from Breitbart, effective immediately.
‘This decision is mine alone.’
He added: ‘When your friends have done right by you, you do right by them. For me, now, that means stepping aside so my colleagues at Breitbart can get back to the great work they do.’
We can be sure this is not the last we have heard from Milo Yiannopoulos.