Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Thoughts of the Day - Milo

Bad joke? Endorsement of pedophilia? Political hit job? Character assassination? Deep state?

There are many angles to analyze what happened to Milo Yiannopoulos. First, the infamous 4chan /pol/ board predicted the Milo scandal hours before it happens. When the videos surface, like clockwork, CPAC withdrawals Milo's Keynote Speaker invitation, Simon and Schuster cancels the publication of Milo's book, and Milo resigns from Breitbart.

We learn that Reagan Battalion was the group who took down Milo. This group endorsed Evan McMullin for President. So this group is part of the Never Trumper crowd. Milo was one of Trump's big supporters.

A week ago General Flynn, another big Trump supporter, resigned as National Security Advisor. Between the Flynn resignation and the Milo story, WSJ publishes a hit piece on PewDiePie, YouTube's biggest star. While PewDiePie is not political, he does have a large young audience. He's a man of great influence to the hearts and minds of the youth. Quite the coincidence all these events happened within the same week.

And now the reactions to the events that unfolded. First, the man himself.

Milo's Statement
Milo's Press Conference

Next, the social media giants give their take.

Sargon of Akkad Gives His Reaction (26 min)
Stefan Molyneux Gives His Reaction (46 min)
Mike Cernovich Gives His Reaction
American Comrade Gives His Reaction
Vox Day Gives His Reaction

My reaction? It was a classic media smear job. Look how quickly events unfolded. Lost in all this is the fact that Milo was a victim of child rape. This is the real tragedy. He was raped when he was 13. As American Comrade points out, Milo re-frames the traumatic experience as a tale of survival. Unfortunately as Mike Cernovich points out, the public did not know about this backstory. His joking manner about the subject of child sexual abuse just sounds wrong without the backstory. And even with the backstory, it is a poor way of dealing with the abuse.

I'm putting on my amateur psychology glasses. Here are some common victim behaviors of survivors of sexual abuse. Oftentimes, the victim will deny the incident because of humiliation, shame and fear. In Milo's case, he spins it. In an attempt at self preservation, he views the abuse as a positive. He feels responsible for the abuse and if the abuse is bad, then he is bad. Stefan Molyneux says similar things but in much more detail in his analysis.

Milo makes the fatal mistake of casting a general view of child sexual abuse based on his experiences. Because of that people can easily say that Milo excuses child sexual abuse. And that's exactly what the media smear campaign does. Because he does not immediately condemn the act after making jokes and positive comments about it, he's left himself open to attack.

I don't think he still fully understands just how destructive child sexual abuse can be. He himself says in his press conference, "I fell into alcohol and nihilistic partying that lasted well into my late 20s." But he doesn't mention anything else about the harmful effects of child sexual abuse afterwards in his press conference. Too much rationalizing, not enough true reflection.

And now for some Leftists who have said similar things Milo has said. And they just fine in the media's eyes.

George Takei
"I was at summer camp, 14 years old, and there was a blond camp counselor who was very tanned and good looking. His t-shirt was rolled up, and the hair on his forearm glistened gold. I made comment, and that was enough to cause him to visit me in the cabin. Oh myyy..."

Sarah Silverman
"Hey, is it considered molestation if the child makes the first move?"
Bill Maher
Says 2 things. He'd rather get molested by Michael Jackson than beat up by school bullies. And he makes the distinction that Jackson serviced them, not the other way around. As if that makes it all better.
Lena Dunham
Dunham describes using her little sister at times essentially as a sexual outlet, bribing her to kiss her for prolonged periods and even masturbating while she is in the bed beside her.
Salon Here Here And here

And the finale, Elijah Wood and Corey Feldman talk about how child sexual abuse is the biggest problem in Hollywood. Using Leftist logic, any celebrity that knows about the pedophilia going on but says nothing is guilty.

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