A Brief Thought: Maher, Milo & Mainstreaming Islamophobia

Editor’s note: to be completely honest with you, I wasn’t going to write this post until Bill Maher attacked a lefty editor of the Intercept – to defend an ethno-nationalist piece of shit like Milo; an action that essentially forces my hand because I’m a decent human being and have no trouble distinguishing between low-key neo-nazis & “people who should be on TV.”

The simple truth is that between Milo’s teeming legion of fanboys comprised exclusively of the worst human beings on the internet and the fact that I have no desire to give such a repugnant piece of desiccated cat feces any free publicity; I actively avoid writing about Yiannapoulos at every single opportunity. In this light, please consider today’s Brief Thought to be more about packaging hate for mainstream media consumption, right wing extremist ideologies and the mountainous pile of hot fucking garbage that is Bill fucking Maher:

 

 

Note: Please remember that if you’re having trouble reading this meme, just right click on the picture and select “view this image” to pop out a larger version. Additionally, please feel free to share this image anywhere you like; there are far, far too many people convinced that Bill Maher is “just an atheist liberal” and that Milo Yiannapoulos is “just a conservative provocateur” when both of them are clearly knowing agents of a radicalized, white supremacist agenda that has way too many fathers to really be called a “plot.”

Of course, there will always be ridiculous “moderate” apologists who insist that Bill Maher isn’t a poorly disguised neo-con Islamophobe who’s only considered a Democrat because the party itself has moved so far right as to render the distinction between liberal and conservative largely irrelevant; these people are better known as “completely fucking wrong.”

By that same measure, there are a huge number of people who are psychologically unprepared to accept that Milo is an active, bigoted ethno-nationalist who is bankrolled by bigoted ethno-nationalists and is clearly employed in the act of mainstreaming an ethno-nationalist agenda; these people are not only completely fucking wrong – a great number of them happen to be neo-nazis/fascists themselves too.

Simply put, Milo might not be a full blown nazi, but he is an openly hateful little bigot who embraces nationalist propaganda and doesn’t mind being used by actual fascists – like Steve Bannon, “former” head editor of Breitbart News or hardcore ethno-nationalist David Horowitz. Oh, and he’s also a self-hating gay Catholic who uses his Jewish heritage to deflect criticism that he’s flirting with neo-nazism while spewing sexist, racist, transphobic and Islamophobic propaganda; have I mentioned the conspiracy theories, failure to pay employees and plagiarism yet? Yes friends, this dude is all kinds of charming.

Hey Milo? If you’re reading this (and I know you Google your own name daily, sport) here’s a pro tip, shitheel; when you’re trying to convince people you’re not a neo-nazi maybe don’t pose for pictures with books about Hitler and an Iron Cross while wearing an obviously identifiable, ugly-ass dollar store ring? Just a little heads up there, sparky.

 

  • Nina Illingworth

 

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