Why I’m a Milo Yiannopoulos super fan

Mr. Yiannopoulos, who describes himself as “The Most Fabulous Super Villain on the Internet,” is a star in the Alternate Right Wing community. He is gay, a conservative journalist, and supports Donald Trump. He is an editor at Breitbart Tech and writes on issues such as, but not limited to, Third wave Feminism, “Safe Space” culture, and (my personal favorite): Social Justice Warriors.

Mr. Yiannopoulos is seen as the so called “devil” in the liberal world. Recently, Vox wrote a piece called “Milo Yiannopoulos: Breitbart’s star provocateur, Gamergater, and Trump champion, explained.” I am an unapologetic Milo Yiannopoulos super fan, and I have loved his work ever since I watched him brilliantly debate against Third Wave Feminist Nichi Hodgson.

The first reason why I am a super fan is because he supports Trump. Now if you have read my previous article,“Why I Support Donald Trump,” then you know that I am a Trump fan.  

Milo Yiannopoulos giving a speech - Creative Commons License
Milo Yiannopoulos giving a speech – Creative Commons License

Mr. Yiannopoulos’s reasons for supporting Trump are that he is a cultural candidate, meaning that Trump cares about how culture will lead to politics – more specifically, how culture will affects the realm of “Political Correctness.”

Mr. Yiannopoulos said in an interview with Dave Rubin that “the prospect of a Trump presidency terrifies not just liberals, but conservatives too. He threatens to blow apart the political consensus. Political correctness in particular…. he represents the best hope we have to smash political correctness apart.”

Mr. Yiannopoulos thinks that political correctness restricts free speech and restricts open conversations on things that seem too “taboo” to talk about. Examples of these “taboo” topics include immigration and the wage gap.

#jesuismilo - Photo from Twitter
#jesuismilo – Photo from Twitter

The second reason why I am a super fan is because of the way he handled his Twitter unverification. A twitter verification is a check mark next to someone’s twitter handle which verifies that they are who they say they are. This is usually for prominent figures. He has a distaste for the management of social media websites like Twitter and Facebook, who in most cases are on the progressive side of things.

Mr Yiannopoulos has expressed, “I have a feeling that Twitter is gearing up to purge conservatives. Unverifying me is the first step toward a permanent ban.”  Twitter “unverified” Mr. Yiannopoulos because in their words, he “had violated Twitter rules.” Mr. Yiannopoulos and his fans (including myself) responded to his verification with multiple remarks. One such remark was #JeSuisMilo, which achieved thousands of tweets.

The point of a Twitter verification is to identify prominent figures and is supposed to protect against impersonation. Mr Yiannopoulos has said in an interview, “When someone is speaking to me, as my role as a journalist, they have an expectation of privacy and legal privilege; and now people are DMing [direct messaging] people with my name [on twitter] and giving personal information about their lives… There is a reason why it’s a good idea to have public figures verified.”

Milo Yiannopoulos speaking - Photo by Edwin Gano
Milo Yiannopoulos speaking – Photo by Edwin Gano

Thirdly, Mr. Yiannopoulos’s stances on free speech are well thought. Mr Yiannopoulos has stated multiple times about his dislike of language policing and his disapproval of a  “safe space” culture. Mr Yiannopoulos has said regarding the use of certain words, “One thing I love about the progressive left is that they still believe in this stupid idea that words can change the world (for example). If you stop someone from saying “gay,” it cures them of homophobia, which is – of course – ridiculous.” Mr Yiannopoulos has gone on to talk about his distaste for language policing in many of his interviews, articles and live speeches.

Mr Yiannopoulos is also against the ridiculous idea of a “safe space” culture, as he has said. “The whole purpose of university… is that we explore and come to terms with some of the most difficult things that could happen to a person. We study history to study how things went wrong so we avoid doing it that way again. The logical end point of a safe space policy is that you stop learning about [something like] the Third Reich because it could be too “triggering” (offensive) to somebody.”

I completely agree with him, a safe space and language policing culture can lead to people refusing to study essential academic material such as World War II, simply because it could offend them.

Hopefully, this gives you another perspective on the “The Most Fabulous Super Villain on the Internet”  – Milo Yiannopoulos and maybe even makes you like him a little bit.

Author: Kai Suherwan

Kai Suherwan is a Junior and his second year writing for The Eye. He is seen as the Republican/Conservative writer in The Eye and has been at SAS since 7th grade. He is heavily involved in Republican politics, enjoys discussing current events and hopes to work in the field foreign affairs one day. He can be contacted at: Suherwan45031@sas.edu.sg

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  1. What ever your politics, it is great exhibition of free speech to express yourself about the hot topic of Milo and his politics without being shut down by the administration. Good for you!

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