The Internet is an amazing innovation, but it can also amplify a very brutal and ugly world. It’s a place where people go to say things, often to complete strangers, that are absolutely reprehensible and things they’d never have the courage to say in person. Instead, these “trolls” hide behind keyboards harassing, belittling, bullying and sometimes outright threatening people who’ve they’ve never even met and will likely never meet.
As someone who covers politics, I am definitely no stranger to trolls.
However, not all Internet trolls are created equal. In fact, some of these vile people are quite infamous.
For example, Breitbart’s tech editor Milo Yiannopoulos, a bottom-feeding parasite who was recently banned from Twitter after it was determined that he encouraged his followers to harass Ghostbusters actress Leslie Jones.
Well, Yiannopoulos was absolutely crushed by ABC News’ Terry Moran during an interview where the Nightline reporter mocked the immaturity of one of Bretibart’s top employees.
“If Leslie Jones were right here, would you say, ‘You look like a dude’?” Moran asked.
“Yeah, probably,” Yiannopoulos replied.
“You would say that to her,” Moran said.
“I probably would,” Yiannopoulos stated.
“Then you’re an idiot,” Moran replied.
Yiannopoulos then tried to claim that he’s not responsible for what his “fans” do, only what he does personally.
“Does Justin Bieber have an obligation to his fans?” he asked Moran. “I’m sorry for being popular. But I am not responsible for what 350,000 people on the Internet say. I’m responsible for what I say.”
Except, that’s not entirely true. You can’t go around encouraging people to harass others on social media. While Yiannopoulos and his supporters have claimed that Twitter is violating his “freedom of speech,” sites like Facebook and Twitter do not have to abide by any sort of Constitutional laws pertaining to freedom of speech. These are companies that have set their own guidelines for behavior and can suspend anyone from operating on their sites if they so choose.
Moran then hammered Yiannopoulos for his disgusting sexism and overall attitude toward women.
“You’re going to go after somebody’s body to denigrate their ideas? What grade are you in?” Moran asked. “Are you a 13-year-old boy? Because somebody doesn’t have a weight that you think is proper? That’s revolting.”
“I’ll tell you what’s revolting,” Yiannopoulos replied. “What’s revolting is the body positivity movement. What’s revolting is this idea now that you can tell women that they’ll be healthy at any size.”
I’m sorry, but I find it hard to take any guy who still frosts his hair seriously. Before Yiannopoulos talks about anyone’s looks, he might want to update his style from the rejected Backstreet Boys backup dancer that he currently seems to be sporting. Even when that look was “in” — it really wasn’t.
Keep in mind, as reprehensible as Yiannopoulos is, he’s a bit of a “hero” among millions of so-called “Christian conservatives.” You know, the type of people who claim to love Jesus Christ, then support a pile of trash who openly brags about his enjoyment of harassing and belittling people he doesn’t know.
The interview is definitely worth taking a few minutes to watch just so you can fully grasp what kind of lowlife Yiannopoulos is. It’s remarkably enjoyable watching ABC’s Terry Moran call out his disgusting behavior directly to his face.
Watch the interview below via ABC News:
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