Sunday, October 1, 2017

Australians: Ignore Yiannopoulos and deprive him

Milo Yiannopoulos
L'enfant terrible, Milo Yiannopoulos, will be making five stops in Australia in December. An annoying child desperate for attention.

Milo Yiannopoulos is the gay male version of Ann Coulter. It is a cynical persona lacking in depth. It provides nothing profound as it seeks relevancy through provocation and abrasiveness. The agenda is to make sure that we are shocked and disgusted.

Yiannopoulos is an old “Chatty Cathy” doll. Pull its string and out come phrases from the Alt-Right rhetoric bank. They are as thoughtful and creative as the treasure found in cheap fortune cookies. Whether or not Yiannopoulos believes any of the verbal debris is unknown and is as irrelevant as he is. At least as irrelevant has he should be. No one learns anything from listening to Milo.

Yiannopoulos' prime objective is to provoke critical thinkers to the point of visibly fuming. Knowing that he angers the people who they hate is sufficient to please his drooling constituency. It is a very low bar. After all, that same constituency is being hoodwinked by a gay man vulturous enough to know what they want to hear and then delivering the scripted lines. If Yiannopoulos wants to grovel why should we try to stop him?

The bombast is pretty simple really: This group and that group are stealing something from the faithful. It might be virtue, the innocence of their children, their sovereignty, their wealth or any of the maxims that constitute right-wing paranoia. Whether or not these proverbs are true is unimportant. The mob believe it to be true and in Milo-world that defines authenticity. They also believe that Yiannopoulos is a pervert. They choose to suspend their revulsion in order to savor some affirmation of beliefs.

In the United States of America we have given Yiannopoulos too much power through our protests. Yiannopoulos thrives on negative attention. Let the man speak. He has nothing to say that his audience does not already believe. Yiannopoulos lacks the capacity to change anything. Stripping Yiannopoulos of the ability to piss us off diminishes him. Ignore the brat and he is sent to his room without supper.

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