Milo Yiannopoulos faces day of reckoning
By D’ANNE WITKOWSKI
Remember when Simon & Schuster was going to publish a book by Milo Yiannopoulos and people were all, “But he’s a racist/misogynist/anti-trans hate monger!” And Simon & Schuster was like, “Yeah, but dollars.” But then a recording of Yiannopoulos saying nice things about pedophilia surfaced and Simon & Schuster was all of a sudden like, “No, cuz morals.”
Either he was joking, or he used poor phrasing or the remarks were manipulated by selective editing. But it really doesn’t matter why Yiannopoulos said, among other things, that a priest who abused him as a boy is the reason he gives good oral sex today. What matters is that Yiannopoulos has thrown fuel on the “gays are pedophiles” fire that opponents of gay rights drag out at every opportunity. Because sex with kids is bad and people who hurt kids are the worst, therefore gays are monsters.
Monsters are, of course, not human, and dehumanizing an entire group of people is a great way to justify systematic oppression and hatred of said group.
We’ve never had more antigay folks in the federal government. Let’s not forget that Steve Bannon is who hired Yiannopoulos at Breitbart. And that Bannon is Trump’s right-hand man. So when Yiannopoulos says that Trump is the most progay president ever, don’t fucking kid yourself.
So conservatives can clutch their pearls all they want over what they suddenly find so shocking about Yiannopoulos and his views, but he isn’t saying anything they haven’t been saying for ages. Which is exactly why he has been embraced by hatemongers everywhere. Finally, a gay man who says the same hateful shit about gay people that they do! Never mind that the vast majority of gays aren’t like Yiannopoulos and think he’s a garbage bag filled with internal organs. Yiannopoulos, for conservatives, is the True Gay. All the rest must just be fake gay news.