Milo Yiannopoulos has been making bank for Breitbart Media for a while now, mostly by being controversial. Maybe they’re regretting that now.
“The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places.”
Ernest Hemingway said that, and along with a song that came out in the mid-1970’s, that’s all I have running in my head today.
Milo Yiannopoulos made me think of “Papa,” and caused me to drag out “Fame” by David Bowie, which is a steep accomplishment, albeit a dubious one. It all started with some flippant remarks about what most people call pedophilia on a podcast, and is showing the potential for complete professional ruin for the flamboyant, gay conservative media personality.
First, it’s important to point out that no matter what, suggesting that adults engaging in sexual activities with children is pedophilia. Yiannopoulos may or may not have been trying to poke fun at his own past experiences, but what he said is unacceptable. Children cannot give informed consent to sexual actions with adults, and this is a matter of law. It’s not up for debate, conjecture, or ridicule – nor should it be. If this is how Yiannopoulos is dealing with his own demons when it comes to abuse, he needs help.
If you’re truly interested in seeing the offending comments, you can find the “edited for brevity” version here:
Of course, there are consequences to making statements like this, and they include being disinvited from speaking at CPAC, and having your book with Simon & Schuster cancelled. As of this writing, Breitbart Media was only weighing the possibility of dismissing Yiannopoulos, while rumors fly that there could be a mass walk-out if they don’t.
Fame, makes a man take things over
Fame, lets him loose, hard to swallow
Fame, puts you there where things are hollow
David Bowie sang that in 1975, and now it looks like Yiannopoulos is proving the point – fame changes people, and not necessarily in a good way. It’s easy to blame him for the stupid things he’s been doing, but the fact is that he’s just giving in to the high. It didn’t take me long to learn in the political game, a politician is only as good as his handlers, when it comes to public perception. After over 20 years, I know the best handlers are extremely strict, use short leashes, and choke chains. The same goes for anything in the spotlight, and Yiannopoulos is as much a victim of his own hubris as he is the victim of extremely poor handling. Since his primary employer has been Breitbart Media, that’s not surprising. That is how you end up with video like this:
Pro-tip: If your “boy” is managing to get both Larry Wilmore and Bill Maher to tell him to go f*** himself, even on the after hours portion of an HBO production, you’re doing it wrong!
That’s mostly a statement about the fact that it takes a lot to get both of those men angry or annoyed enough to start dropping f-bombs directed at people, as opposed to for humorous effect.
Yiannopoulos is young, and he’ll undoubtedly figure out something for his future. Oddly enough, there are enough people out there who actually think that this is a witch hunt, and hypocrisy. Just a hint to the people who are trying to draw comparisons between the “Dangerous Fag” and Roman Polanski or Lena Dunham. For all the claims that Polanski is still “embraced” by Hollywood, the fact is that his last “non-foreign/art house” film was in 2005 – yet another iteration of Oliver Twist. All of his recent works seem to fit the charges against him, too. As for Dunham, HBO did cancel “Girls,” thank goodness. Sure, it’s not total infamy, but it’s definitely edging closer to the equivalent of Tinseltown Siberia. And let’s be brutally honest – of course the left wasn’t going to hang them in effigy, because that would mean giving the right points. No, it’s easier to just let the “undesirables” quietly disappear into the background.
The same probably will happen with Yiannopoulos, since the right, even if they are disgusted with him, won’t concede points to the left by banishing him. But, it will be surprising if he doesn’t just fall into the background. If Breitbart Media decides to keep him? Well, there will be no complaints from around here. Let Yiannopoulos poke a few more holes in the hull, to sink it faster!
As “Papa” Hemingway might have said about now to Yiannopoulos, “There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.” I’m not guessing he’d take that advice, but who knows? He might surprise us.