After a week like this — in which the country’s National Security Advisor resigned because of ties to the Kremlin, someone nicknamed “the foreclosure king” was put in charge of the economy and the president did something so shameful to a black reporter it’s actually too depressing to type it out — it’s borderline quaint to argue about someone like Milo Yiannopoulos…
For many in the queer community, fighting Milo has been a grating and exhausting long-term battle. The former Breitbart columnist who commandeered the troll troops to attack Leslie Jones and claimed that “Islam is the real rape culture” has still managed to find his way to the public eye — first, by appearing in a glowing Out Magazine puff piece, then by touring college campuses nationwide.
Now, it’s by showing up on Bill Maher.
Every time he makes a public appearance that’s not on his Facebook page, he triggers the same outrage cycle:
- People on Twitter rise up in protest, threaten to boycott “XYZ” and destroy it forever.
- Someone writes a viral hot take arguing that, “Blablabla, you may not agree with him . . . but free speech!”
- The internet then goes after the hot-taker, who proceeds to compose a middling tweet along the lines of, “Why can’t we just agree to disagree?”
- Someone from the show issues a watered down statement that is literally impossible to decipher, 10 news organizations repost that exact same statement and call it a story.
- Milo appears anyway. He builds his fan base. The cycle begins again.
Bill Maher Doesn’t Understand How Milo Yiannopoulos Works