Remember Milo? The flamboyant “gay conservative”? Man, it was great when he was a hit.
Back in 2015-16, Milo Yiannopoulos was a supernova. The flashy homosexual conservative was his own brand, and his fans practically idolized him. Sometimes literally.
Milo gained notoriety for (ironically) railing against the LGBT community. Uttering “feminism is cancer” didn’t go over too well with coastal college students, either.
As Senior Editor of Breitbart.com, he frequently wrote pieces critical of leftist culture and policies. But, wait! He was supposed to be the Left’s golden child with how fabulously gay he was!
The Left’s Ugly Duckling
Understandbly, liberals weren’t too fond of Milo’s brash escapades.
A homosexual telling liberals that their policies were moronic? That can’t look too good.
Milo also left an indelible mark on the 2016 election with his college speaking tours against Politically Correct culture. Conservative college students felt empowered, at long last.
They learned that it was okay to share their ideas in educational institutions, of all places. And liberal students needed to just shut up and deal with it.
Today, Milo has vanished without a trace. He wasn’t out there in the 2020 election calling Biden a creepy pedo. He wasn’t calling Bernie an angsty 80-year-old teenager, either.
As of now, he’s no longer on Twitter or Facebook. Sure, he’s still on YouTube but last I checked, he has less than a million subscribers, which is paltry for someone of his stature.
Milo is now a shell of his former self. What the hell happened?
Why, Milo, Why?
After Donald Trump’s 2016 election, Milo’s career took a dramatic downturn.
In February 2017, he allegedly made comments advocating for sexual relationships between boys and men. For Breitbart to save face, they requested that he step down as Senior Editor. He then stopped producing episodes for his solo podcast.
In the months that followed, Milo built up anticipation of a comeback. He seemed pretty intent on letting his fans know about it. (“Just wait, the b!tch will be back. Yeah!”)
He eventually launched a new website/newsletter and published a new book aptly titled “Dangerous.”
Unfortunately, his comeback fizzled and his services on college campuses were longer in demand, since he only brought pandemonium. His jokes about Islam and obese women weren’t amusing to his fans anymore.
He became a pariah. Why?
A Flamer’s Self-Immolation
See, Milo not only drew a lot of negative attention to himself, he seemed to relish in it, too.
He billed himself “the most fabulous supervillain on the Internet“, and dubbed his speeches as part of the “Dangerous Faggot Tour.”
He was jarring for the sake of being jarring.
As I mentioned, he’s has been banned on Twitter. The incident that led to this was publicly excoriating actress Leslie Jones and mocking her looks. He even encouraged his supporters to keep going after her with racist taunts.
Sure, Jones has lambasted conservatives in the past, I get that. But Milo was out of line and a simple assessment of the situation makes that pretty clear.
It also wasn’t the first time Milo got in trouble with the Tweet Police. He had gotten several warnings before the website cut him loose for good.
The fact that he openly celebrated getting banned from Twitter speaks volumes. He deliberately pushed the envelope to see how far he could go with being publicly offensive.
Honestly, all of that is on him. He did what he did and said what he said. For every action, there’s a consequence.
Toomey the Troll
A couple years ago, I tried my own hand at being edgy on social media. Hehehehe…
I made jokes that certainly pushed boundaries. They were jokes involving race, sex, and gender. Hehehehe…huh?
Of course, I won’t repeat any of them here.
The important thing I learned is that, while edginess may be initially entertaining to some people, it’s going to get tiresome really fast. And I mean really fast.
People are simply going to ban or unfollow you if you keep that crap up.
Hey, I’m in favor of free speech like Milo claimed to be.
I don’t think you should be thrown into the gulags for saying the “wrong” thing, but guess what?
The laws on the books are not going to change how people respond or adapt to you. If you keep spouting objectionable material, people will get tired of it.
They’ll take measures to not see or hear you again. People prefer to have a sense of comfort while on the internet. That’s just the way it is.
Like all of you, I have the power of social media at my fingertips. Being on these platforms is a privilege. These platforms were built by people who put in the time and work to make something that benefits us all.
Let’s respect that.