Neo nazi trollmaster Milo Yiannopoulis has come a long way from his days of social media domination. Once upon a time, he was the golden boy of the alt right, favored for his poison pen, sarcastic tongue, and uncanny ability to claim multiple minority statues while actively advocating for the hate of said minorities.
In his heyday, Yiannopoulos could command armies to harass SNL actress Leslie Jones, and was known to hold forth extensively on such scintillating subject matter as "Why Black Lives Don't Matter." In late 2017, however, Yiannopoulos' hateful house of cards came tumbling down when it emerged that the white supremacist firebrand had made comments seeming to endorse pedophilia.
In the aftermath, all but his most loyal legions fled, he lost his invitation to speak at conservative conference CPAC, as well as a $250,000 book deal with Simon and Schuster.
But where did Yiannopoulos come from?
The answer, as with most things on the internet, starts with Gamergate.
Here is the uncut 5 minute video of Milo Yiannopoulos advocating for Pederasty involving "13 Year old" and "older m… https://t.co/FDaOesanoo— Reagan Battalion (@Reagan Battalion)1487553293.0
I went to the New York county clerk’s website and found this filing. It includes the entire manuscript with allllll… https://t.co/LJy54cv31f— Sarah Mei (@Sarah Mei)1514461715.0
Will immediately start using “if you want to make a case for [fucking ridiculous thing], you’re going to have to em… https://t.co/5O4DjpwZiF— Sarah Mei (@Sarah Mei)1514464964.0
The best self-own of 2017 has got to be that Milo Yiannopoulos’s book was SO bad, it counted as breach of contract,… https://t.co/XgeiSdE5w7— Jules Suzdaltsev (@Jules Suzdaltsev)1514509581.0
“The use of phrases like ‘two-faced backstabbing bitches’ diminishes your overall point," reads one comment. “Too important a point to end in a crude quip" is another. “Unclear, unfunny, delete," reads another. The early sections of a chapter on feminism prompt the note: “Don’t start chapter with accusation that feminists = fat. It destroys any seriousness of purpose."
Most (good) editors are aware of how sensitive this back-and-forth can be, and while they don’t hold back on their criticisms, they do choose language that’s meant to be constructive instead of insulting. So an editor saying something like “DELETE UGH"—which Yiannopoulos’ editor does when addressing his thoughts about feminism—is basically him saying “FUCK YOU, YO MAMA, AND THE HORSE Y’ALL RODE IN ON!"Indeed.