When Milo Yiannopolous appeared on Real Time with Bill Maher and called President Trump “not really a Republican like most people think” I knew he would raise some hackles. Once word broke that MILO would speak at CPAC, a conference full of conservative speakers, something told me a hit job was about to go down.
I didn’t think it would happen as fast as it did. Almost overnight a group called the “Reagan Battalion,” a Twitter feed claiming to be a blog for conservative news and thought, released a two minute, highly edited video of MILO claiming to endorse sex with boys. The Regan Battalion’s clip, taken at face value, practically made MILO the keynote speaker for NAMBLA, not CPAC.
Once people noticed the clip contained mashed up footage from the Rubin Report and the Joe Rogan Experience, plus a clip from another source, the Regan Battalion got called out on their shit really quickly. The response was to release the “unedited” clip from another source, a YouTube show called the “Drunken Peasants,” where MILO goes to great length discussing in his typical shock and awe fashion aspects of gay culture that could be seen, in a certain light, as condoning sexual relationships between men and underage boys.
He does advocate for precision in language during that video, though, and makes it very clear that he is not advocating pedophilia, nor does he think sexual relations between grown men and young boys are okay at all. Still, the shock and gallows humor the “Dangerous Faggot” brings to the table every time he makes an appearance was a touch too far this time.
CPAC promptly disinvited MILO from their speaker list. Simon and Schuster dropped publication of “Dangerous” after weeks of standing by Yiannopolous and calls for boycotts of the imprint. Numerous thinkpieces quickly sprang to judgment over how the party of family values had been taken in by an impish, click bait driven troll. After all, if you can trust any political affiliation to police themselves, it’s conservatives, and one thing they don’t like en masse are kid touchers.
I wasn’t ready to rush to judgment when all this started coming out, because it smelled like a hit job. One of my acquaintances remarked “A casual stroll will suffice.” When I finally did take a few minutes to watch the video, I didn’t see a thing that advocated pedophilia and remarked to my acquaintance MILO actually seemed to discuss certain aspects of gay culture I didn’t understand, so I couldn’t rush to judgment on whether it advocated for criminal activity or not.
The world found where MILO stood at three PM yesterday. He did everything one would expect a person in his position to do. There was an explanation of his position on the videos. He discussed his experiences as a victim of child abuse, and how it affected his life. He expressed great regret for his imprecision in language, and acknowledged that his word choice could be construed to at least “condone” child abuse, which he deeply regretted.
Then came time for public atonement. He stepped down from Breitbart, stating he didn’t want any spectacle around him to detract from the great work they were doing. “Dangerous” would still see publication this year, and ten percent of all book royalties would go to child abuse charities. And MILO would now focus his efforts on a new media company, speaking tour, and “education and entertainment” as a performer.
At the conclusion of his remarks, MILO pointed the attention at the people and motivation behind what was going on with this latest ginned up outrage.
But let’s be clear what is happening here. This is a cynical media witch hunt from people who don’t care about children. They care about destroying me and my career, and by extension my allies. They know that although I made some outrageous statements, I’ve never actually done anything wrong. These videos have been out there for more than a year. The media held this story back because they don’t care about victims, they only care about bringing me down. They will fail.
And he’s right, in a lot of respects. Once the conservative press heard him call the President “not a real Republican” it was time for MILO’s downfall. Something had to be done to stop him, and if it meant faking allegations of endorsing pedophilia then so be it. The “provocateur” had to go, because the party of “family values” couldn’t take a gay Jewish Brit with a fondness for black dudes getting more attention than their chosen figureheads.
Will this be the end of MILO? Some of my friends and acquaintances think he won’t bounce back from this debacle. I think he’s got a bit more left in him than most people think, and that his fanbase will rally behind him stronger than ever before now that he’s “come out” as a child abuse victim. It will take time, and it will certainly cost a lot of money and energy on his end, but Milo Yiannopolous will come back.
And the “establishment Republicans” who felt it necessary to throw Milo under the bus need to take a long, hard look in the mirror and figure out why this character assassination attempt was necessary. Yes, he’s a self promoting ass, but he managed to hand you more of the LGBTQ vote than many others had. His college talks brought the millennial vote out in droves for your party, because Milo told them “If you want to piss people off, if you want to be cool…you have to be conservative.”
The Left is the party that got really good at throwing people under the bus, and they specialize in hit jobs like this. Don’t go to the Left’s playbook when you’re considering ways to get someone you don’t like out of an influence sphere.