A recent highlight in the world of fringe politics was the permanent Twitter ban handed out to blubbering Breitbart man-baby Milo Yiannopoulos, an event which was not only richly deserved, but that had been coming for some time. Yiannopoulos, an appallingly immodest individual with much to be modest about, had already lost his Twitter “blue tick”, but his combination of bravado and stupidity meant he was unable to take the hint.
The real Milo Yiannopoulos: a mere vapid creep
Yiannopoulos was momentarily down, but not out for long, and back he came with a weekly podcast imaginatively and modestly titled “The Milo Show”. Despite his suggestion that Twitter was sliding into irrelevance, the podcast was duly advertised using, er, a Twitter account. But this campaign to return via the back door has turned out not necessarily to Yiannopoulos’ advantage: Twitter has banned this account too.
After affording themselves a brief moment of celebration, all those people who rejoiced at Yiannopoulos’ original ban, while wishing it had happened a lot earlier, found themselves regaled by The Man Himself via the platform provided for him by the batshit collective otherwise known as Breitbart, where readers were told “The twitter account for Milo Yiannopoulos’s weekly podcast has been suspended, as Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey continues to wage war against conservative media”.
Baloney. It’s not been just suspended, but banned, and it has sweet stuff all to do with political orientation. But do go on. “The podcast has been a massive success since its launch, with Milo talking to high-profile guests including conservative commentator Ann Coulter, pharmaceutical tycoon Martin Skhreli, and TIME journalist Joel Stein. The show debuted as the 21st-most popular podcast on iTunes”.
Wow. Ann Coulter! Like no other right-wing meathead ever got her on his show. And 21st most popular podcast! Just behind “Why chartered accountancy is not boring” by Arthur Putey, perhaps. Someone is clutching at straws here. But the most guffaw-inducing part of the whole saga is Yiannopoulos’ sad attempt to inflate his own importance.
This is from his excuse note: “Twitter is clearly stupid as well as biased. As election day nears, they’re doubling down on attempts to influence the result … there is no escape for Twitter on the question of political bias now … I suspect this ban is like the last one — part of the company’s desperate attempts to appease left-wing celebrities … It’s the end of the road for Twitter”. Sob! Sniff!! Blub!!! IT’S NOT FAIR!!!!
Breitbart continues the pretence that there is some cachet attached to Yiannopoulos, telling readers “We will update this article as the story develops”, but there is not going to be any development. Milo Yiannopoulos’ Twitter career is over. It’s dead. Morte. As for his increasingly desperate attempts to grab the limelight, those too are now fading away.