Milo Yiannopoulos defends ‘free speech’ but ‘idiot sportsman’ Kaepernick’s protest is a ‘hissy fit’
Breitbart.com tech editor and alt-right darling Milo Yiannopoulos appeared on CSNBC’s Power Lunch to complain about San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s political protest, to cast aspersions at Twitter.com and peddle his ongoing agenda of promoting the softer, fluffier, “fun” side of fascism and racist bullying.
“What do you think about Colin Kaepernick?” asked co-host Tyler Mathisen.
“Oh god, I’m so bored about hearing about this silly grandstanding,” Yiannopoulos grandstanded. “You know, those moments where you have the national anthem and everyone comes together despite their political differences, race, gender, whatever, those are the moments when you’re supposed to be respectful of your fellow players, of the audience, of everybody around you, come together for that moment, and say ‘Okay, these are the things we believe in, let’s go and do this guys.’”
Mathisen noted, “But that seems to run against you” and the alt-right’s “anti-PC” beliefs.
Michelle Caruso Cabrera — CNBC Chief International Correspondent — asked, “Doesn’t that run against your thought that we should be less respectful?”
“Oh no, I think we should be hugely respectful of free speech and freedom of expression,” Yiannopoulos said. “No, I don’t want to get too uptight about it because I don’t care about some sportsman, as I started out to say. I don’t care about some sportsman having a little hissy fit spectacle, okay?”
“Of course, I just think he’s an idiot,” he said.
He spoke about his experience getting banned from Twitter for participating in a racist bullying campaign against Saturday Night Live comedian and Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones. Yiannopoulos was permanently banned from the social media outlet after he tweeted at Jones that she looks like a “black guy” while his fans gleefully compared her to Harambe the Gorilla.
Jones — like many women and LGBT people — left Twitter because the torrent of harassment and abuse outweighed the benefits of using the app. She returned after a break and went on to act as one of NBC’s most entertaining Olympic correspondents, first on Twitter and then on the scene in Rio de Janeiro.
Yiannopoulos maintains that all of the teasing, name-calling and trolling is in within bounds, that society is too protective of famous women and “could use a bit of meanness.” A world run by the alt-right, he said on Thursday, would be more “fun.”
“It would be so much more fun!” he effused. “It’d be full of mischief and laughter and memes, ‘Pepe’ in the White House, it would be fantastic!”
Yiannopoulos has come under federal scrutiny over his “scholarship” program for white male college students. His followers donated $100,000 towards a “privilege grant” meant to offset the number of women and minority students coming to university campuses via scholarships.
The money was never distributed to students and in fact has reportedly disappeared into Yiannopoulos’ personal account, according to the Daily Beast.
Yiannopoulos failed the register the scholarship program as a nonprofit, which is generally required prior to fundraising activities by U.S. charities. When the Daily Beast asked if Yiannopoulos’ lawyers had sent in an application to the Internal Revenue Service for tax-exempt status, he feebly replied, “I’ll check.”
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