Jewish Journal of Los Angeles, July 3, 2019
There might as well have been a red carpet leading to the Hopfingerbräu Beer Hall near the German parliament, where about 150 supporters of Germany’s populist Alternative for Deutschland (AfD) waited eagerly for the fashionably late guest speaker, Milo Yiannopoulos. These days, as one of America’s most controversial, censored media pundits, he’d be lucky to get any welcome at all to most parties, conferences and government halls in the United States.
Germans, unless they are conservative political junkies, may not have heard of the British-born “Milo,” as he’s known. The former tech editor of the pro-Trump outlet Breitbart, told the enthusiastic Hopfingerbräu crowd, “I’ve been called a racist, an anti-Semite, a misogynist, a white supremacist, a homophobe, a pedophile apologist and a transphobe. Only Islamaphobe is true.”
It’s that kind of in-your-face style talk that got the flamboyantly gay, platinum blonde banned from Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, PayPal, EventBrite, Shopify, Patreon, Mailchimp and Tumblr (to name a few).
As a Jew married to a black man, Yiannopoulos says he is amused by being called a homophobe, anti-Semite, and racist. The 34-year-old credits himself with being a game-changer during the 2016 presidential election when he famously called then President-elect Donald Trump, “Daddy.” The then sought-after speaker defied stereotypes of stodgy Republicans, coopting the entertaining language of the left to advocate for conservative issues and personalities.
But his big mouth got him into trouble among conservatives, too.
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