When Out magazine assigned me an interview with the Breitbart.com rabble-rouser Milo Yiannopoulos, I knew it would be controversial. In the gay and liberal communities in particular, he is a provocative and loathed figure, and I knew featuring him in such a liberal publication would get negative attention. He has been repeatedly kicked off Twitter for, among other things, reportedly inciting racist, sexist bullying of “Ghostbusters” actress Leslie Jones.
Allegedly a woman. We haven’t been able to determine anything definitively.
Before interviewing Yiannopoulos, I thought he was a nasty attention-whore, but I wanted to do a neutral piece on him that simply put the facts out there.
In a gay Prozi magazine? Shouldn’t have done that, buddy. Nothing is more dangerous than defying the Party in their own Party Organ. Never defy the Cult of Prozism, and certainly not in one of their places of worship.
After the story posted online in the early hours of Sept. 21, I woke up to more than 100 Twitter notifications on my iPhone. Trolls were calling me a Nazi, death threats rolled in and a joke photo that I posed for in a burka served as “proof” that I am an Islamophobe.
Of course you’re not. We certainly believe you, and neither is Milo, by the way.
But, you see, the way things work in any fundamentalist, authoritarian cult such as Prozism, Nazism or Islam, is that if you don’t sufficiently accuse The Other of being subhuman and evil, whether you have any evidence or not, you yourself get cast out and, lo and behold, become subhuman and evil.
Yesterday you were the best guy who ever lived, a friend’s friend, a true comrade.
Then you failed to call somebody who’d been designated Enemy of the People a “Nazi” loudly enough, and now you’re the Nazi for not calling a gay, Greek, Jewish guy a Nazi. Everything you’ve ever done and said that got praise from your former “comrades” now never happened. A quick sweep of the airbrush and poof, you’re gone.
Getting called a Nazi by a bunch of Nazis for not calling a Jew a Nazi…
No wonder if you’re a bit confused. Our head already hurts and we were once IN a cult very similar to the one that just now cast you out. Only we were less fancy about our name, we just called ourselves “communists”, another derivative of the original cancer that is socialism in all its incarnations. Progressive Socialism, National Socialism, “Democratic” Socialism (talk about a contradiction in terms), “Liberal” and so on. All the same.
There follows a summary of how Chad suddenly found himself an “un-person” in the middle of the community that he’d belonged to for years, longtime friends who suddenly didn’t know him anymore.
Standard behavior for cults when they cast somebody out. Ask anybody who escaped one. And Prozis, just like the Nazis they got their methods and 95% of their ideology from, are a cult.
Not to worry, though, Chad. They were never your friends to begin with, as you now know painfully well, so you didn’t lose much.
You didn’t lose anything.
I realized that, for the first time in my adult life, I was outside of the liberal bubble and looking in. What I saw was ugly, lock step, incurious and mean-spirited.
What you saw was the truth.
And now that you’re outside the bubble of totalitarian intolerance, you’ll never be alone again. You see, those of us out here don’t require of you that you fit any particular mold, that you subscribe to any particular set of ideas or hold any particular set of opinions.
Sure, we may disagree with you occasionally, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t have a beer, and it certainly doesn’t mean that we have to be disagreeable about it.
So, once again, pull up a chair and have a cold one with this white, male, straight Christian. Or, as your former friends would call us, “a Nazi, misogynist, xenophobic, racist, theofascist, homophobic, cisgendered rapist death beast.” We think that’s all of it, but we’re sure that more will be added tomorrow or next week.
We wear them all like badges of honor. “By their enemies shall you know them”, to paraphrase a bit.