Until recently, I was blissfully unaware of Milo Yiannopoulos. But in the past couple of months the UK Guardian seems to have been running a smear campaign against him on its opinion page, Comment is Free (the most misnamed site on the internet; more like “Comment is ok if you agree with us but we’ll delete what you say if we don’t like it”).
Like so much the Guardian does, this has backfired spectacularly and given Yiannopoulos an even bigger audience; so many people commenting on the attack articles said they had only become aware of him via the Guardian and were now regularly watching his videos.
I saw Yiannopoulos on the brilliant Bill Maher’s show and I was not impressed. He seems to have adopted an over-the-top, look-at-me-I’m-gay persona that makes the desperately unfunny Graham Norton look like Arnold Schwarzenegger. He reminded me of that idiot kid at everyone’s school who thinks it’s funny to shout out swearwords in class or those teenagers who wear “edgy” clothes to upset their parents. The best way to defeat such childish nonsense is to ignore it and hope the person eventually grows up.
But Yiannopoulos hit on one incredibly accurate point in his mincing interview with Maher. So many of the modern faux-left, everything-is-offensive brigade bite every time he says something “outrageous.” They are so utterly humourless that it is a joy to wind them up by attacking their favourite “victim” groups. Later in the show Yiannopoulos deliberately used the pronoun “he” to describe Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner. He does this to annoy the “transphobia” mob. Why do they rise to the bait? I can’t help thinking what these folks think about John Cleese ranting at Eric Idle that he “can’t have babies.”
So many of the faux-left are easy to mock because their outrage is so easy to trigger (ho, ho). They have a religious devotion to their ideals that makes them think banning sombreros at a UK universities makes them fighters for justice rather than idiotic pedants. They share the same lack of humour as their Islamist bedfellows; as the late, unlamented Ayatollah Khomeini said …
“Allah did not create man so that he could have fun. The aim of creation was for mankind to be put to the test through hardship and prayer. An Islamic regime must be serious in every field. There are no jokes in Islam. There is no humour in Islam. There is no fun in Islam. There can be no fun and joy in whatever is serious.”
Take out the word “Islam” and replace it with the latest Guardian or BBC “phobia” and you have the perfect example of why Yiannopoulos is so hated.
As ever with the Guardian, attacking a narcissistic fool like Yiannopoulos is not enough. Owen Jones penned this diatribe against those who would “enable” him. Jones’ particular criticism was that Yiannopoulos has (allegedly) defended relationships between older and younger gay men. As one of the Guardian’s main pedlars of the Muslim victimhood narrative, Jones is being utterly hypocritical in this case because he would no doubt denounce anyone who pointed out the “thighing of Aisha” (look it’s up, but you need a strong stomach) or the marriage laws in Saudi Arabia as a horrible “Islamophobe.” An enabler of underage sex is an enabler of underage sex. And I would lay a pound to a penny that Jones would defend his BBC mates who protected predatory paedophiles for years.
I hope I have made my views clear. I dislike preening, completely over-the-top, attention-seekers like Yiannopoulos. But he is absolutely right that it is easy, so easy, to wind up the faux-left into righteous indignation. And I would rather have a million Yiannopoulos-style internet trolls spouting garbage online than leave freedom of speech in the hands of the BBC, the Guardian and their Islamist friends.