Terry Moran of ABC’s Nightline didn’t mince words with the man who has become known to most for being banned from Twitter after repeatedly attacking actress Leslie Jones of the new Ghostbusters movie.
Milo Yiannopoulos was asked by Moran if he would have said such ugly things to Jones’ face the way he posted them on Twitter.
Yiannopoulos said yes, to which Moran responded, “Then you are an idiot.”
Milo Yiannopoulos taunted Jones about her body and had his minions join in. After Yiannopoulos was banned from Twitter, his followers continued, but Yiannopoulos says he is not responsible for what others do.
Mediaite says that Terry Moran of Nightline wanted to understand what would make Milo Yiannopoulos act so ugly and think that criticizing someone’s body was a good way to make a point about their thoughts on political or social issues, but Yiannopoulos made no headway with Moran, who asked him why this was the case.
“You’re gonna go after somebody’s body to denigrate their ideas?” Moran asked, to which Yiannopoulos responded “Absolutely!”
Moran could not believe what he was hearing, saying, “What grade are you in? Seriously. Are you a 13-year-old boy?” That said, ABC has been considered by some to have “tunnel vision” when it comes to ideas more in line with the “Make America Great Again” movement.
Milo Yiannopoulos has been clear that trolling women is doing God’s work, and he makes no apologies for personal views.
Terry Moran of ABC described Yiannopoulos as a troll, says the Advocate. Although in that interview, many commentators suggested that Moran was the one who came off looking like an “idiot.”
“Milo Yiannopoulos represents the tip of the iceberg in a rising tide of hate and abuse in social media,one he clearly sees as a noble purpose.”
But Yiannopoulos believes he has been charged with a cause.
“I like to think of myself as a virtuous troll. Of course, I do say things in a way that is going to elicit a response from people.”
Yiannopoulos called Leslie Jones a “dude” and “a gorilla,” and takes pride in bashing women over their appearance. Terry Moran repeatedly tried to get something remotely sympathetic out of Yiannopoulos with no success.
“Because somebody doesn’t have a weight that you think is proper? That’s revolting.”
But Yiannopoulos would not back down.
“What’s revolting is the body-positivity movement. What’s revolting is this idea now that you can tell women they’ll be happy and healthy at any size. Why? Because it tells women that you can be fat and you can be unattractive and you can be happy anyway. That’s a lie.”
Even Glenn Beck is scratching his head, saying that Milo Yiannopoulos is just “a hurt 13-year-old boy” and “a bully.” Beck wrote and published an open letter saying that Yiannopoulos is “becoming the monster he is running from,” according to Mediaite. Yiannopoulos, who was banned from Twitter for life after antagonizing Leslie Jones and calling her a gorilla, is now railing against social media for suppressing him.
Beck was responding to Yiannopoulos’ interview with Terry Moran and wanted to let him know that there was a difference between not accepting PC culture and throwing out all social decorum.
“Yes, society is screwed up. Yes, political correctness is out of control and people do have the right to say what they want.
“But the question is: ‘SHOULD WE?’ Not, ‘can we?’
“By you can hide behind anything that helps you sleep, and I am sure Steve Bannon helps you sleep, but at some point, you will come to the realization that you have become the bully that hurt you so deeply in the past.”
Glenn Beck publicly despises Donald Trump, and Yiannopoulos loves him for his blatant nationalism (oddly, Yiannoloulos is not an American citizen), and Beck lumps both into the camp of wounded little boys.
“I feel bad for those who are in or drawn to this circle as they must surely be deeply wounded. The sexism, racism, hatred for anyone that opposes their line of thinking is, time after time, presented as something a desperate 10 or 13-year-old boy would do.”
Do you think that Milo Yiannopoulos believes what he says, or is he just seeking attention by making outrageous statements? And do you think it is acceptable for people who don’t agree with his point of view to silence him?
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