In wake of an announcement that Simon and Schuster gave Milo Yiannopoulos a $250,000 advance as a part of a book deal, his fans and detractors quickly took to Twitter. Not long after, “Milo” became a trending topic on Twitter, and at one point was the number one trending topic.
Many people criticized Simon and Schuster for their decision, claiming that they are giving a platform for hate speech.
Others took a more level-headed approach to the situation, taking a side that is based more in reality, rather than reactionary feelings.
One theme that was common among tweets containing “Milo” were baseless accusations that Milo is a white supremacist. In particular, one tweet that made this claim stood out among the rest.
The author of this tweet is journalist Damien Walter. According to his Twitter bio, which has since changed during the course of writing this article, Walter noted that he has written for the Guardian, Wired UK, and others. An archive of his writing and journalism is available at Walter’s personal website.
As a journalist, one of the most important things to do is back up your claims and cite your sources, otherwise there is a risk of legal consequences. When asked for proof of Walter’s claims that Milo is a white supremacist, Walter did not reply. Rather, he felt it necessary to insult me personally.
Another formal request for comment was given to Walter, but he did not immediately respond to these requests.
Interestingly, Milo is very open his many black boyfriends. If Milo is indeed a white supremacist as his critics claim, he’s not doing a very good job at it. In fact, neo-Nazi websites, such as the Daily Stormer, have disavowed Milo, who in the past has claimed to be “alt-right.” Milo has since distanced himself from the descriptor, which was coined by Richard Spencer in 2010.
Furthermore, Spencer has made it clear that he wants to distance his “alt-right” movement from what he calls “Trump cheerleaders.” Milo, who often called Trump “daddy,” is very much a Trump cheerleader, and would actually belong in the ranks of the “alt-right.”
Milo’s book, which is titled “Dangerous,” has a release date of March 14th, 2017. It is available for pre-order on Amazon.
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