For a brief moment Milo Yiannopoulos received attention for bullying, deflecting criticism hiding behind the U.S.’s First Amendment or (supposed) humor, but under the spotlight that 2017’s political climate brought he eventually got what every bully deserves: getting kicked off the playground. The blogosphere and news-outlets that gave particular attention to Milo’s special brand of rabble-rousing reported Milo’s quick and deserved decline, but then the opinion pieces came out that celebrated his fall. These celebrations have amounted more to their own version of bullying – throwing rocks at the bully as he’s forced off the playground – and it is time to stop.
The grave-dancing on Milo, should there be truth to his story of being sexually abused by a priest, demonstrates that others’ calls for help, either lashing-out, drugs, or self-harm, will be glossed-over in favor of the preferred narrative. Milo himself has gone back and forth if he was 14 or 17 at the time of abuse, and even took the blame for his own abuse. It is clear from Milo’s interview on ‘Real Time with Bill Maher’ that he is just lashing-out because of his angry-pain, and is still dealing with ramifications rooted in the abuse he suffered.