Milo Yiannopoulos Nazi scum chased out of NYC bar: Did detractors go too far voicing their dislike of a right wing agitator? At what cost free speech?
It seems there is little love lost for former Breitbart editor and right-wing agitator Milo Yiannopoulos who has claimed on a Facebook post he was ‘forced out’ of a NYC bar on Sunday after being ‘shoved and screamed at’ while also being called a ‘Nazi scum’ by a large crowd.
Video posted on social media showed people (see below) chanting ‘Nazi scum get out’ at Yiannopoulos and an acquaintance standing by the bar before cheering as they were forced to leave the un-named establishment.
Gizmodo reporter Brendan O’Connor wrote on Twitter that Yiannopoulos had walked into a bar full of members of the Democratic Socialists of America’s (DSA) New York City chapter, where he was ‘heckled for five minutes’ before leaving.
Poor Milo- sometimes the pendulum does swing back too….
Newsweek cited co-chair of the Bronx DSA and editor at The Nation, Annie Shields, wrote that the group paid for Yiannopoulos’ beer ‘so he could go asap’ before singing Solidarity Forever after he left.
NYC-DSA CLC comrades just shouted Milo Yiannopoulos out of a Manhattan bar ?? pic.twitter.com/CjWR77DAh9
— Tim ? (@timtakestime) April 22, 2018
Milo Yiannopoulos Nazi scum chased out of NYC bar: The pendulum swinging back?
On his Facebook page, Yiannopoulos wrote that he was ‘blocked’ from his table and ‘it was about to escalate into something ugly.’ The self confessed agitator and provocateur said in the post that it ‘rattled me a little bit (just slightly!)’ and added that the ‘staff were really understanding and cool about it.’
But was Milo necessarily cool about it?
Added our downcast collective hero, ‘But jeez. It’s now impossible for me to safely go out for lunch in most major cities in America because I supported Trump at the last election and don’t like feminism.’
Which raises the serious question are some of us going too far inspiring disingenuous antics simply because we disagree with others points of views? No matter how many of us find it all too offensive?
Which is to wonder whatever happened to free speech, even if it comes in an over the top hairdo- sunglasses and a knowing smirk? Or are we to believe that Yiannopoulos’ views are tantamount to inciting hate and misogyny and therefore deserving of disconcert?
Yiannopoulos was an editor at right-wing website Breitbart before accusations of support for pedophilia led to a fall from grace which saw him leave the site and lose a lucrative book deal. He denies the accusations.
After what Twitter called ‘repeated warnings for similar violations,’ Yiannopoulos was banned from the social media platform when he was blamed for inciting the racist abuse faced by Leslie Jones after her role in the reboot of Ghostbusters.
The agitator in turn has defended being banned claiming he isn’t responsible for the actions of followers and had only ‘made fun of Jones’, who as a pop celebrity and public figure should understand comes with the territory. Which is to say, sometimes the wheel comes full circle and how….
And then there were these comments on the web that made this author wonder, see what you think?
‘Please don’t back down. You are a voice for a lot of people that are forced to keep their political views private.’
‘sorry that happened to you, but you need to put the names on facebook so we know what to expect when we go in there. Democrats are becoming the most violent people.’
Literally thousands of bars in NYC and you *just happened* to pick the one holding a meeting for the New York chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America. Yeeeeah sure.’
‘No one deserves to be physically assaulted or verbally harassed until they have to leave a place of business for their political beliefs. If you’re really okay with that then yeah you’re pretty damn unhinged.’
‘As a journalist and liberal, I will defend your right to say whatever you like; it’s (for the moment) a free country.’
‘As a proud New Yorker, I’m truly abhorred by how intolerant we have become to differences of opinion. It’s been a tough time for conservative New Yorkers.’
‘Screaming? Sounds like they were just exercising their first amendment right of free speech. Don’t be such a snowflake. If you can’t handle Manhattan, leave.’