The Los Angeles Times profiles Milo Yiannopoulos, international sex symbol and editor of Breitbart Tech, exploring his often churlish and just damn fun campaign against anti-speech activists dressed up as virtuous crusaders against harassment.
From the L.A. Times:
To his detractors, Milo Yiannopoulos is a glorified Internet troll whose overblown rhetoric can be dangerous. But Yiannopoulos, 31, casts himself as a heroic defender of online free speech.
“I enjoy upsetting the right people,” Yiannopoulos said, as he sipped tea during a recent stop in Los Angeles. “I love poking fun at earnest censors. I want to push the bounds of what can be said on the Internet.”
This week’s decision by South by Southwest festival organizers to cancel two video game panels at next year’s event has reignited last year’s fiery debate over gender and diversity in video games.
Many feminist gamers argue that video games are brazenly sexist, routinely depicting women as scantily clad sex objects and often targeting them for violence. In response, a group identifying itself as gamergate emerged last year contending that feminists and others are trying to make games adhere to their narrow agenda.
He’s offended not just feminists, but has criticized the group Black Lives Matter for perpetuating “grievance culture” and has pilloried diversity quotas in the tech sector, saying that “there’s just no good, sane reason why we should socially engineer artificial gender splits.”
He’s even attacked the minority group he is a member of — gays — saying, “it’s a shame that gays who ought to be pushing boundaries have been domesticated and tamed and turned into pets by the progressive left.”
Yiannopoulos claims that he too has been harassed, with bomb threats and even a dead animal in the mail. He said he doesn’t take these threats seriously.
“Of all the threats to free speech in history,” he explained, “the one the media give the most credibility to without question is the feminist movement, which is trying to rebrand public debate as harassment.”
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