Presenting Milo Yiannopoulos As A No-Talent Clown Doesn’t Work If You Don’t Actually Do It

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screencap of Bill Maher and Milo Yiannopoulos on 'Real Time' 02/17/2017
Bill Maher and Milo Yiannopoulos on ‘Real Time’ 02/17/2017

Milo Yiannopoulos is an Internet troll who gained ‘fame’ for being a gay Howard Stern. He has many fascist fan boys and men’s rights cry babies in a swoon because he says nasty things about minorities. He has had several appearances at colleges shut down due to protests or security fears. Milo Yiannopoulos as a no-talent clown but to tell liberals to not worry doesn’t work since another no-talent clown was put in the White House.

Yiannopoulos had the biggest stage of his short career when he was booked as a guest on “Real Time with Bill Maher” on Friday night. Maher doesn’t like it when liberals refuse to give a platform to trolls like Yiannopoulos. Maher claims to support free speech.

“Liberals will continue to lose elections as long as they follow the example of people like Mr. Scahill whose views veer into fantasy and away from bedrock liberal principles like equality of women, respect for minorities, separation of religion and state, and free speech. If Mr. Yiannopoulos is indeed the monster Scahill claims — and he might be — nothing could serve the liberal cause better than having him exposed on Friday night.” – Statement from Bill Maher

He seems to have the idea that free speech is only defended by more free speech. The problem is if you are going to invite a troll on your show to challenge his awful views then you need to actually do it. Don’t do what Bill did.

In the one-on-one interview outside the usual panel, Maher made a half-assed attempt to hit back at the worse parts of Milo’s act and at the end of the segment he thinks he did his job of exposing how little talent Yiannopoulos has.

“What some don’t understand, is that if you don’t show up to debate, you lose,” said Yiannopoulos, to rare applause. Maher agreed. “Stop taking the bait, liberals,” yelled Maher, calling them school girls. Maher seemed to get Yiannoupoulos’ schtick, but said he should “get off the Trump train,” because of President Donald Trump’s recent attempted controls on free speech. “For a guy who loves free speech, you’ve picked a weird boyfriend,” said Maher, to wild applause and laughter.”

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During the website portion of the show, Maher spent more time agreeing with Yiannopoulos then countering him.

“Maher started off with a strong question about Milo’s doxing of a transgender woman on stage at the University of Wisconsin. Milo quickly started by calling the woman “he” and continued using male pronouns throughout the segment and defending his actions by saying he was only outing the student to “protect” women and children from this “confused” person.

Maher quickly replied that Milo’s protection of women and children was “not unreasonable” and turned to his other guest, Republican Rep. Jack Kingston to ask how he felt about “weirdos peeing.”

Maher, a self-proclaimed liberal, though he tends to dwell more in the libertarian realm, once again threw transgender men and women under the bus. His validation of Milo’s tactics and use of transphobic language really sealed the deal.

When Larry Wilmore, another guest on the show tried to hold Milo accountable, Milo shot back saying that trans people “disproportionately” accounted for the world’s sexual predators, Maher did nothing to combat this statement. Wilmore tried but to little avail. Milo said it was proven and Maher did nothing to counter.”

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The thing is most of Milo’s fans will be viewing the Overtime segment and will dismiss the interview segment. It’s as if Maher doesn’t get that Milo is an Internet troll who gets his power from the man-babies who use the Internet. If he wanted to expose Milo he should have done it during the Overdrive segment.

In normal times, Yiannopoulos would be a one trick pony who flames out in a very short time. Maher giving Milo a favored slot on his show and treating him like he does Ann Coulter doesn’t lead to a flame out and gets all that nasty troll ooze all over the host. But Bill has had it happen before.


Also published on Medium.


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  • Carla Blake

    Overtime, not overdrive.

    • Thanks for the correction. I have updated the post.