Breitbart tech editor Milo Yiannopoulos was permanently banned from Twitter for his alleged involvement in fanning and encouraging a wave of hateful tweets directed at Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones.
Supporters of Yiannopoulos started a Twitter tag #FreeMilo, with many alleging that the writer did not spearhead the outpouring of negativity; he merely sent a few off-color tweets, none of which were actually racist or sexist, according to his supporters.
The Washington Post reports that Twitter’s banning policy is shrouded in mystery. We only know that the permanent suspension given to Milo Yiannopoulos is Twitter’s “strongest response against those who break its abuse and harassment policies.”
“We know very little about how Twitter decides when to use it… Twitter declined to provide [online publication] the Intersect with additional information on which policy violations have triggered permanent suspensions in the past, or the frequency with which Twitter hands them out for abuse and harassment violations.”
— emily m (@maitlis) July 22, 2016
Mediaite reports that Milo regrets nothing and has vowed that he will continue to be “as offensive as possible.” The PC-hating anti-feminist argued that his presence in the public sphere is vital as long as people continue to believe that emotional injury is as bad as physical injury.
“So long as there are people who think that offense-taking… is equivalent to some kind of injury, I am still necessary… I will continue to be as offensive as possible.”
Milo Yiannopoulos on why Modern Feminism is Cancer https://t.co/KSsFq95657
— Mats Dimander (@matsdimander) July 21, 2016
Yiannopoulos argued that he should not be held responsible for the “disgusting” things said by others on Twitter, even if they are his followers. Milo argues that he was made a scapegoat and hit with the Twitter ban just because he’s “popular.”
The Breitbart editor argues that “‘It’s not racist to point out that a movie f***ing sucks.” Milo called Twitter’s suspension of him “cowardly.”
Milo’s tweets to Leslie Jones included one reminding the actress that “EVERYONE GETS HATE MAIL FFS.” Milo called Jones “barely literate” in another tweet. He was also guilty of sharing fake screenshots that made it look like Leslie Jones was sending out profane tweets.
Poynter has claimed that Twitter was within their rights banning Milo Yiannopoulos. An “ethicist” told the publication that it is “perfectly legal to discriminate against mean people.”
“Twitter can do whatever it wants, as long as it doesn’t discriminate against a protected class. It is perfectly legal to discriminate against mean people.”
The gay conservative provocateur is a supporter of Donald Trump and famously refers to Trump as “daddy.”
Milo has called the gender wage gap a “myth” and mocked the intersectionalist, third-wave feminist obsession with calling out male behavior using terms like “manspreading” (men asserting their power by spreading their legs wide and claiming more space eg. on public transport) and “mansplaining” (a man responding to a woman’s statements in a condescending manner that fails to take into account that he is in a privileged position and should listen rather than dictate).
“Women are not an oppressed class in the West. There is no wage gap in the West.”
Milo accused Leslie Jones of “playing the victim” during their clash and called the Ghostbusters actress “sad.”
The writer says that he is able to take a detached view on the issue of feminism because, as a gay man, his personal involvement with women is limited.
“I don’t care if you’re thin or fat as a woman, I don’t want to f*** you either way. I don’t care! I want people to be happy.”
Yiannopoulos has in the past compared feminism to cancer. Daily Bruin published a response accusing Yiannopoulos of being confused about the feminist movement, as well as overestimating its reach in the mainstream population. The writer also blasted Milo for comparing feminism to a life-threatening disease.
“He may even need a lesson or two on how to make appropriate analogies before he compares a life-threatening disease to a gender equality movement. Additionally, the feminism he thinks is spreading among the masses is actually only prevalent in a minority of the population.”
Two feminists from The Tab interviewed Milo and reported that “he’s charming if you don’t focus on the words he’s saying.”
“Entering Milo Yiannopoulos’ hotel room, his noted energy is already evident in his movement…
“‘Just watching Daddy!’ he chirps. Daddy, of course, is Donald Trump, one of Yiannopoulos’ noted idols.”
Milo has a sense of humor about abuse directed towards gay men. The columnist attempted to reclaim the words “gay” and “faggot” as pejoratives during his 2016 Dangerous Faggot tour, according to Gorilla Radio.
“The Dangerous Faggot” tour has a goal in mind that I find particularly exciting. Milo aims to reclaim the words “gay” and “Faggot” back into our everyday discourse as a pejorative. He’s disgusted that the regressive left has essentially banned these words and Milo aims to bring them back in an effort to reclaim free speech from multiculturalist communists.
Milo was previously kicked out of Amber Rose’s “SlutWalk,” a movement that attempted to reclaim the word “slut” and take away its power.
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