Jet boy jet girl
Gonna take you round the world
Jet boy, I’m gonna make ’em penetrateI’m gonna make you be a girl
Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh
Jet boy jet girl
— ELTON MOTELLO: “Jet Boy Jet Girl” written by Alan Ward, 1978
“Never post anything to the internet that you wouldn’t tell a judge.”
After a 2015 conversation between comedian Joe Rogan and flamboyantly gay far right Breitbart editor and racist, sexist, transphobic internet supertroll Milo Yiannopoulos surfaced, the shit really hit the fan while it was at its highest setting. The conversation was damning: Yiannopoulos praised Father Michael, the name he gave for the priest he says molested him as a schoolboy. He also talked fondly of Hollywood parties attended by heavy-hitters in the entertainment industry at which there were underage boys doing drugs and having sex with older men. Immediately after it became public, Milo’s contract with Simon and Schuster for his book Dangerous was scrapped. He was also disinvited from the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference shortly before its commencement, and with a number of his furious colleagues at Breitbart threatening to walk unless he be fired, he was forced to resign his post.
In between, Milo made a number of statements trying desperately in vain to save face, via Facebook and YouTube. For example:
“I do not support pedophilia. Period. It is a vile and disgusting crime, perhaps the very worst. There are selectively edited videos doing the rounds, as part of a co-ordinated effort to discredit me from establishment Republicans, that suggest I am soft on the subject.
“If it somehow comes across (through my own sloppy phrasing or through deceptive editing) that I meant any of the ugly things alleged, let me set the record straight: I am completely disgusted by the abuse of children.”
Unfortunately, in the video making the rounds, Milo says:
“…if it weren’t for Father Michael, I would have given far less good head… He didn’t make me. I was quite enthusiastic about it… I fucked my English teacher, too. He was quite young, quite hot.”
He also admits:
“I was a very mature 14-year-old… It wasn’t molestation! It wasn’t molestation, it was perfectly consensual… When I was 14, trust me, I was the predator. I was the predator at 14. I was the instigator. I was chasing everybody. I was aggressively seeking out sexual company of adults because I knew it would horrify people, because I wanted, sort of, power over them, it was my way of rebelling. I was the predator at 14, let me tell you.”
And worst of all:
“You know, I lived in Hollywood awhile ago, briefly, and I went to [parties hosted by] other people who I won’t name of a similar stature in Hollywood as [X-Men director Bryan Singer], I went to their boat parties and to their house parties and things I have seen have beggared belief… I don’t want to be indiscreet about specific people, because I think it’s going to be… yeah… dangerous, but I can tell you the truth without dropping anyone in it. I mean, some of the boys there were very young. Very young. I don’t remember…[this was] I don’t know, about eight years ago… I don’t remember whether I ever met Bryan Singer or whether I even knew who he was then, but I knew other people of similar stature as I say, and there were some very young boys around at that time. There was a lot of drugs and a lot of twinks taking drugs and having unsafe sex with older men, and some of these boys were very young.”
As far as the video having been “selectively edited,” right at the beginning of the excerpt, Milo Yiannopoulous asks Joe Rogan, who went to Catholic school himself, whether anybody fiddled with him during that time. The playful manner in which the question is posed demonstrates that Milo does not take the tender subject of childhood sexual abuse as seriously as he alleges in his Facebook post dating from February 19 at 6:04pm.
“I have outed THREE pedophiles in my career as a journalist. That’s three more than any of my critics and a peculiar strategy for a supposed pedophile apologist.
“(b) Nicholas Nyberg, anti-GamerGate activist who self-described as a pedophile and white nationalist
“(c) Chris Leydon, a London photographer who has a rape trial starting March 13 thanks to my reporting.”
In the case of Luke Bozier, it’s hard to come down hard on him if he becomes sexually aroused by a photo of a girl above his jurisdiction’s legal age of consent wearing a bikini. The police who justifiably let him off the hook with an official caution certainly understood that. In the case of Sarah Nyberg, known as Nicholas before her gender transition, it’s impossible to put her inappropriate talk about children and linking to photos of nude children into any kind of acceptable context. In the case of Chris Leydon, if he is found guilty beyond the shadow of reasonable doubt in his upcoming rape trial, justice ought to prevail, and hopefully, for the benefit of the latter, evidence ought not to be ignored or otherwise compromised.
Despite all that, in light of the incriminating Joe Rogan interview segment, Milo’s efforts to expose people with criminally unhealthy sexual interests, while commendable by default at face value, comes across as opportunistic, virtue-signalling gestures with no real conviction behind them.
“I have never defended and would never defend child abusers, as my reporting history shows. The world is messy and complicated, and I recognize it as such, as this furore demonstrates. But that is a red line for any decent person.”
Then why the hell did he not publicly name the prominent Hollywood figures at those parties at which he witnessed “a lot of twinks taking drugs and having unsafe sex with older men, and some of these boys were very young”? By protecting their anonymity, he is BY DEFINITION defending child abusers!
“The videos do not show what people say they show. I *did* joke about giving better head as a result of clerical sexual abuse committed against me when I was a teen. If I choose to deal in an edgy way on an internet livestream with a crime I was the victim of that’s my prerogative. It’s no different to gallows humor from AIDS sufferers.”
This is a false equivalency, and here’s why. Jokes about terminal disease and impending death can help the sufferers cope gracefully without effectively rewarding a predatory, sociopathic pervert, since the latter is not part of the equation. On the other hand, joking about child molestation in such a way that the abuser is praised is by no means a helpful or healthy coping mechanism because there is no way of making the sexual abuse of children acceptable.
In fact, the only historical figure that could every really pull off making light of pedophilia is Mr. Wiggles. However, he only ever existed on paper, and he’s been inactive since 2012. Moreover, using shocking humor to ridicule oppressors rather than their victims is far more humorous, far more virtuous and therefore far more effective, as has been proven by Lenny Bruce, George Carlin, Tony Hendra, Rudy Ray Moore, Richard Pryor, Douglas C. Kenney, Monty Python, Carroll O’Connor, Billy Connolly, Alexei Sayle, Rik Mayall and Stephen Fry.
“This rush to judgment from establishment conservatives who hate Trump as much as they hate me, before I have had any chance to provide context or a response, is one of the big reasons gays vote Democrat.”
Oh, boo fucking hoo. Somebody play the world’s saddest song on the world’s smallest violin so you can cry me a river, Man Coulter. It didn’t hurt you while you sat on their laps and spewed the same poison at those just like you.
“In case there is any lingering doubt, here’s me, in the same interview the other footage is taken from, affirming that the current legal age of consent is about right: ‘And I think the law is probably about right. It’s probably roughly the right age. I think it’s probably about ok. But there are certainly people who are capable of giving consent at a younger age. I certainly consider myself to be one of them, people who were sexually active younger. I think it particularly happens in the gay world, by the way.’”
To use fuzzy language like “probably about right” and “roughly the right age” does not indicate a hard and fast agreement with age of consent laws. Milo also further hedges his bets by saying that “there are certainly people who are capable of giving consent at a younger age.” Taken alongside his giggly confession of being “a very mature 14-year-old,” it seems fair to infer that Milo considers the age of sexual consent negotiable.
Essentially, Milo Yiannopoulos built his career on vapid, ill-conceived, Charge-of-the-Light-Brigade shock value and intellectual dishonesty. What could have possibly gone wrong? Who would have ever figured that it would have inevitably worked against him?