Milo Yiannopoulos was banned from Twitter for hate speech. But that hasn’t stopped the media from interviewing him.
If something, Yiannopoulos is receiving much more press than ever.
The gay conservative tech editor from Breitbart was banned after he directed a racist Twitter swarm toward Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones. Yiannopoulos kicked things off with his assessment of the movie, calling Jones “a black character worthy of a minstrel show.” He responded to 1 of her tweets, calling the actress and comedian “barely literate.” He referred to as her a man, considering it funny. What he stated was currently racist and sexist, and then his Twitter followers attacked, comparing her to an ape, amongst other racist epithets.
For that and a extended history of bullying on-line, Yiannopoulos was “permanently suspended” from Twitter — a uncommon punishment.
That hasn’t stopped him from appearing in media, though. He’s been interviewed because by CNN, CNBC, The Hollywood Reporter, Company Insider, Vice, and more. A reporter for New York magazine apparently followed his every move for the duration of what Breitbart described later as a “madcap flurry of interviews.”
The New York story directly addresses the question of whether or not Yiannopoulos was rightfully banned for racism. An aggressive interview by CNN confronts him with what he mentioned.
CNBC began with some queries about becoming “mean” on Twitter. But some interviews concentrate only on the huge image of whether or not any person should be banned from Twitter, largely ignoring what was said. He went largely unchallenged on CNBC when claiming, “There’s certainly no suggestion whatsoever that I was involved in any kind of racist or sexist harassment of Leslie Jones — what I did was dislike her movie.”
Vice published an report Tuesday referred to as “I Tried to Get Milo Yiannopoulos to Convert Me to a Gay Trump Supporter.” The agitator had joined a rally outdoors the Republican National Convention in favor of Trump, which got him some attention. Vice took a photo of a too-cool-looking Yiannopoulos wearing shades and ran a query-and-answer interview, which it conducted after the Twitter suspension. The interview doesn’t mention Twitter or racism. And the reporter says there was no debate with editors about whether or not to scuttle the piece in light of Yiannopoulos’s ban.
“I asked him his thoughts on Indiana governor Mike Pence, who was about to take the mic appropriate down the block,” wrote journalist Allie Conti, who is out. “I inform him I’m not possible to offend, and he actually takes my word for it, going on a actually beautiful and quite laudatory rant that I would rather not reprint.”
So at least Vice didn’t give Yiannopoulos a platform to say just any hateful thing?
But he did get a platform to say items like “It’s grow to be dangerous to be gay in America for 1 simple purpose, and that cause is Islam.” The site had to interrupt the Q&A with an editor’s note about a Pew survey to counter that xenophobic whopper. Yiannopoulos regularly tends to make anti-Muslim comments. Now Breitbart announced it really is canceling Yiannopoulos’s so-known as gay pride parade through a Muslim neighborhood in Sweden over safety issues.
In the Vice interview, Yiannopoulos also complained about a “pivot to transgender pronouns,” whatever that means. He argues the T should be dropped from “LGBT.” And yes, he defended Trump’s pick for vice president. “Mike Pence doesn’t hate gay men and women,” he stated. “He’s a family members values and states’ rights guy, and I am fine with that.”