Milo Yiannopoulos

I appreciate the folks asking my opinion of Milo. As someone who defends free speech, I find him to be an interesting case… I will warn you now, that my view may not be your view, since a lot of mainstream views today, are not original and are a fragment of what I like to call, the societal group-think complex.

But I find Milo to be interesting because of his approach. I will start by saying that I am not a fan of Milo. I disagree with him on a number of issues and he seems to come from a place that is unable to reason with at times. Much like a bunch of Alt-right(y) and Trump style individuals in the media, debating with him is like debating an alien. It would defeat the purpose if you would be defending your view and he, would be defending a view seemingly, out of the realm of your debate.

It’s hard to find common ground when it seems that same ground is not sound on the same planet of the debate itself. (If that makes sense)

I do however, think that Milo has an exceptional world view that is based in relative intelligence. He is talented in showmanship, he’s remarkably aware of limiting societal norms, and his point of view is one that, I think, is valid enough to give credit.

But why am I not a fan?

Because he is using his intelligence and wit for the wrong reasons. Early last year, he called Leslie Jones a gorilla, for no apparent reason. He chose a battle without any proper reason to do so. He also says tremendously offensive things out of the mere joy of getting a reaction out of people. (And Milo has admitted this before). He thinks that approach is how you gain notoriety in this day of age. Which some could argue is accurate, but I think it compromises his validity.

It is my opinion that he is wasting his talent out of his obscene behavior that he acknowledges in himself but probably has no intention on ending anytime soon.

A perfect example is his recent appearance on Bill Maher where he more-or-less ruined what started as a productive and frankly, entertaining panel-discussion, by calling Bill’s guests idiots to their faces.

I thought Bill Maher knocked it out of the park when he told Milo right then and there, “see, this is the kinda thing that you gotta stop”. Him meaning, that he thought Milo was tolerable but uses his young immature antics as a facade that discredits his good qualities.

Let me add, that this moment inspired me greatly, because Bill Maher took that role of compassion. Instead of telling Milo to “fuck off”, he approached the situation as if Milo was his own sibling; by criticizing him, followed by giving advice instead of throwing hate at the offensive stranger.

My point being, that Milo has good qualities when it comes to some of the truth that he professes, especially about the restricted liberal view on free speech which he effortlessly exposes by the extreme measures of his fired-up opposition. But he is sacrificing class and respect in order to speak truth and I think there needs to be some balance as well as a hard look at himself in the mirror.

Listen, I am not a fan of seeing people’s careers crash and burn. I support most people as I would hope most people supported me. Many people want Milo to just go away forever whereas I would prefer to see him learn from his mistakes, turn around and make a difference.

Don’t let polarity of the mind convince you that some people deserve the worst type of luck. It is not in your place to wish anyone a hard life.

But I also think there’s a fine line with free speech. Yes, everyone should be able to say anything. If people get offended by harsh truths, that’s on them and their fragile beliefs. But if he is hurting a lot of people with damaging words, with no truth involved, by supporting him, is like letting a bully be a bully.

So I support his right to free speech but I hope that what he is enduring at this time, is a lesson for him to simmer down his rhetoric and to get his shit together.

And I think if we all looked at each other as siblings, we’d be more inclined to help each other instead of throwing hateful shade.

Just a thought.

About The Author

Djovan Henriques is a writer and activist based in NYC. You can connect with him on Twitter, and YouTube.