Breitbart journalist and popular Internet sensation Milo Yiannopoulos managed to outrage the entire liberal internet today when it was announced he would be releasing his first novel, entitled “Dangerous” in March of 2017 with Simon & Schuster as the publisher. The announcement was met with the usual mania which happens any time something liberals-in-the-public-eye don’t like. Threats to boycott Simon & Schuster followed, immediately, outraged people threw words such as “racist, sexist, misogynistic Nazi” at a homosexual Jewish man in who dates and prefers black men.
I think what makes me laugh the most about the outrage is the whole “Nazi” thing. I mean, didn’t Nazis promote and condone censorship and the burning of books? And isn’t that kind of what these outraged and offended people are doing when they basically sit there on social media and claim that Milo has no right to have his book published? In my honest opinion, I don’t think most of the people that dislike Milo Yiannopoulos have ever read one of his articles, attended on of his campus events during his “Dangerous Faggot Tour,” or listened to him on a podcast or during an interview. I think a lot of them have just bandwagoned on the idea that “he is an enemy of the liberals, another liberal told me so” hive mentality. To me it seems most of his detractors are outraged solely for the sake of “being outraged” which is probably why I enjoy and respect Milo’s work as much as I do, as I “get it,” as it’s pretty much what I’ve always set out for in my writing and my projects as well – it’s a matter of “frankly, I don’t really care if you’re offended because that’s not my problem.”
Yiannopoulos is no stranger to controversy as he had a prominent role in GamerGate, and also got a lot of traction when he insulted the new Ghostbusters reboot, and got suspended by Twitter, who blamed Milo’s comments for the influx of negative and derogatory tweets aimed at Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones (whom had been on the receiving end of negative tweets long before Milo interjected and had replied to the people trolling her with much harsher language and hopes for their deaths) – as a result Twitter itself got exposed as a place which is unfriendly to those whom do not fit a social justice narrative and in its wake new social media sites like Gab, of which Milo is a user and proponent of, have risen up.
Milo got even more coverage when Breitbart’s Steve Bannon aligned himself with the campaign of then-presidential candidate Donald Trump, as Trump’s opponent during the election Ursula the Sea Witch… err… Hillary Clinton began to read Breitbart headlines at some of her campaign speeches denouncing Breitbart and citing them as reasons to not support Trump – among them included some of Milo’s top headlines for his articles featured on the site including “Would You Rather Your Child Had Feminism or Cancer?,” and “The Solution to Online Harassment is Simple; Women Should Log Off.” Unfortunately, most of the people “offended” by the headlines aren’t open-minded enough to read the articles they claim they are offended by and simply based their judgments on said headlines and the fact that Hillary Clinton denouncing them was enough for them. But can you really be offended without reading what you’re supposedly offended by?
And therein lies the problem with trying to ban Milo’s book. It hasn’t even been published yet and therefore the people angry about it have no actual idea what it even contains or what he’s going to say. And really, does it matter anyway? Plenty of people are going to write books you don’t like. Don’t read them if you don’t like it – but you have no real right to tell other people they can’t or shouldn’t either because that is their prerogative. These people aren’t offended by Milo so much as they are simply sad people who need something to be mad at. And these people and their outrage does nothing to hurt Yiannopoulos nor for that matter is Simon & Schuster going to pull support because at the end of the day controversy does in fact create cash, and all the outrage is doing is serving as one giant commercial for Milo’s book in much the same way all the people offended by Donald Trump and demanding that NOBODY VOTE FOR DONALD TRUMP caused people to vote for Donald Trump. People don’t like the words “can’t, don’t, shouldn’t” etc.
The more you tell people these negative comments and phrases the more likely they are to do the exact opposite because people simply want to do things on their terms instead of have another individual attempt to police and enforce what they’re allowed to read, write, play, watch and support. The first amendment still means something – and that means that “if you don’t want to buy Milo’s book, don’t buy it, but I’m going to buy Milo’s book because I WANT to buy and read it.” That does not make me a bigot, a racist, a white supremacist, or any of those things. Nor does it make anyone else any of those things, and continuing to label people as such only continues to ensure that they tune you out because you’ve already got such a miserable and negative opinion of them as a person based SOLELY on the fact they did something you don’t like. Well, that’s life. People are going to say and do things you don’t necessarily like and agree with. Other people aren’t here to appease you, nor do other people living their lives really give a shit if you are offended. That’s your journey and they have theirs. Milo Yiannopoulos made his name on touring college campuses across America explaining to us all why “politically correct culture” is a detriment to society and one of his reasons is because it is a form of censorship so all this outrage and this giant call to boycott a book that hasn’t even been released yet is simply proving the exact point he’s been making for years. Good job, Team Tolerance! Apparently “Tolerance” is only acceptable when it fits YOUR agenda.
Milo has a right to write. He has a right to a book. Simon & Schuster has a right to publish the book, and at the end of the day, capitalism is still more important to them than your hurt feelings. Don’t like it? Nobody is making YOU read the book, and you’re probably not going to, so maybe you should simply go about your day instead of being offended. I personally will be buying a copy of the book and I eagerly hope that Milo writes more books after the initial one is successful. You can pre-order Milo’s book, “Dangerous,” via Amazon using the link above.