Milo Yiannopoulos has been effectively dethroned. The self-proclaimed “dangerous faggot” of the alt-right (pictured), the darling of Brietbart’s eye, the fancy fascist who revels in ultimately-empty gender transgression which simply serves to mask his deeply boring reactionary politics — he has lost his job, his book contract, and all of his legitimacy.
His sin? Not repeatedly racially harassing black actress Leslie Jones on social media, not singling out trans women and undocumented students, when visiting college campuses — no, even with those strikes against him, he was still invited on college campuses across the nation, was still invited to be a guest on Real Time with Bill Maher, was still given a $250,000 advance by his publisher, Simon & Schuster. What was it that finally axed Yiannopoulos’s burgeoning career?
Video surfaced of Yiannopoulos advocating for pederasty, or sexual relationships between post-pubescent boys and full-grown men.
This, not the racism, the sexism, the xenophobia — this was the final straw, for the American public.
I’m not saying that pedophilia (because that’s what “pederasty” really is, let’s be real) isn’t a good place to draw a line — that’s not my criticism, here. Instead, I want to take this opportunity to laugh at everyone, every single unfettered free-speech worshipping idiot who insisted, upon their own honor, that there was no such thing as a line in the sand — that nothing, nothing Milo Yiannopoulos could say would ever be bad enough to deprive the bastard of a platform.
I’m looking at you, Bill Maher.
Milo Yiannopoulos has done us all a favor by crossing the last line, possibly the last line that exists in American culture — advocating sexual violence against little boys. (Note that advocating for sexual violence against little girls isn’t even enough to delegitimize someone — President Shitgibbon is proof of that.) Not only by doing so did he orchestrate his own disappearance, but he proved to us all how full of shit free speech libertarians are.
Contrary to what people like Maher would have us believe, obviously there are lines that can’t be crossed, obviously there are things you can’t say, things that make certain speech illegitimate. There are things that are so fucking heinous, like advocating the rape of children, that you do not allow the people who say them to have a platform. You do not debate NAMBLA. You do not give them book deals. You do not invite them on to college campuses. You pretend they don’t exist, you don’t try to debate them into somehow holding a different opinion.
Anyone who pretends there isn’t a line demarcating acceptable and unacceptable — anyone pretending that the true meaning of the First Amendment is the abolishment of all standards — they’re lying. Because there’s always a line.
The question isn’t is there a line. It’s where you draw the line.
It says something about us, as a people, that we aren’t willing to draw the line at racism, sexism, and xenophobia.
Photo by @Kmeron for LeWeb13 Conference @ Central Hall Westminster – London, via Wikipedia Commons