Milo Yiannopoulos’s Trash Talking Tanks
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I believe free speech not only has its limits, but that it also has a level of responsibility to promote civil discourse for the welfare of others, and reject hate speech which is a precursor to violence.
Milo Yiannopoulos, vulgarian, alt-right’s telegenic token gay and Breitbart’s polemical senior editor, last appearance on a national stage may have finally come. And, the bridge too far for even his audience wasn’t Yiannopoulos’s misogyny, xenophobia, racism, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia or homophobia, to name a few, but rather his flippant and snarky remarks condoning if not giving a sly and coquettish nod to pedophilia and pederasty in a January 2016 clip of his interview on “Drunken Peasants.”
“I’m grateful for Father Michael,” Yiannopoulos told his audience defending his molestation. “I wouldn’t give nearly such good [oral sex] if it wasn’t for him.” In a moment of contrition or perhaps a last-ditch effort to salvage his job, after a tsunami of criticism from even his co-workers at Brietbart, Yiannopoulos went on Facebook and uncharacteristically took responsibility for his faux pas.
“I'm partly to blame. My own experiences as a victim led me to believe I could say anything I wanted to on this subject, no matter how outrageous,” Yiannopoulos wrote.
“I am certainly guilty of imprecise language, which I regret.” For too long Yiannopoulos felt he was unstoppable when it came to his unfettered free speech as an exercise of his First Amendment right. And why should Yiannopoulos not with a $250,000 book advance for his memoir “Dangerous,” an exploration of the issues of “political correctness" and free speech with Threshold Editions, an imprint of Simon & Schuster as the grand prize for trash talking. Simon & Schuster has now canceled Yiannopoulos’s “Dangerous.”
Before Yiannopoulos became alt-right’s perfect poster-boy- gay and Jewish- who denounces identity politics and “political correctness” a backlash from the Tea Party movement had been afoot for over a decade. But Tea Party and now alt-right folks are not alone expressing how “political correctness” infringes on their life, like the war on Christmas. The controversy first shows its face every early December with the inanity over the new design of Starbucks holiday cups that don’t have a Christmas theme or the greeting “Merry Christmas.” The ongoing feuding back and forth revealed in a July 2016 Pew Research Poll that 59 percent of American’s agree that “too many people are easily offended these days over the language that others use.