Professional troll Milo Yiannopoulos is great at ruffling feathers. Largely because he deliberately says offensive and outrageous things.
He's recently come under fire for planning to publicly out undocumented students at the University of Berkeley Campus, which wouldn't be the first time the controversial media incited a witch hunt against specific individuals.
A year ago, in an attempt to further his attack against political correctness, got himself banned from Twitter for lambasting Jones on the social media platform. As a result, throngs of his followers and supporters started flooding Jones' feed with racist memes and death threats.
Jones, like many others, were upset that Milo was being rewarded by a book publisher for promoting "hate speech" and allying himself with the White Nationalist movement.
Many defend Milo as being someone who's a provocateur; the (former) Breitbart editor himself coined the term "Post Truth" politics. He also said that effective journalism in today's social climate must reel readers in with salacious, over-exaggerated, or flat-out false headlines (like when Breitbart said Climate Change isn't real). All things that were seemingly cool with publisher Simon & Schuster.
So much hot water that the Conservative Political Action Conference dropped Milo as a speaker at an upcoming event. Not only that, but Simon & Schuster announced that Milo's $250k book deal was officially down the drain.
You guys are giving him to much energy. I was done the day I blocked him & got his ass banned. Been done and moved on. He has no space here!— Leslie Jones (@Lesdoggg) February 21, 2017
People are understandably upset that Milo's previous comments on sex, gender, sexuality, race, and other complex issues did not disqualify him from such a lucrative and prestigious book deal. But Leslie's advice on taking the high road is definitely one to keep in mind, even in the face of justified anger.