SHE IS A Canadian-educated daughter of immigrant Armenian parents, who has recently attained some interweb & UN fame and fortune.
He is a gay conservative gadfly who engages and enrages feminists and social justice warriors in Britain and abroad, via Twitter, a wide range of articles, and social media. He is writing a book on the Gamergate controversy.
Only this. He just got ‘de-verified’ by an increasingly irrelevant and unprofitable Twitter, and she’s just been hired by Twitter as part of their 1984-ish council of grievance a.k.a. “trust and safety council” for ‘ensuring safe spaces’– i.e., Twitter Speech Police (their official statement). Oh goody.
Will Nanny ALL Your Twitter Things!
She: Anita Sarkeesian is a Canadian-raised feminist ‘media critic’ currently residing in the U.S. She launched her Feminist Frequency blog in Canada, but later presided over part of the #GamerGate controversy, by weighing in against critics of ethical problems & political correctness in game journalism. As a graduate of the infamously hyper-progressive York University in Toronto (an MA in ‘Social and Political Thought‘) as well as California State University, she knows all the tropes and tricks in the social justice warrior playbook, and parlayed that into a cool million dollars of income over the past several years.
The Dark Lord Milo! Most ‘Dangerous Faggot’!
He: Milo Yiannopolis is an Englishman of Greek background, a homosexual, irreverent, and chatty conservative controversialist and ‘cultural libertarian’ who appears on Twitter, Breitbart, TV shows and media platforms to disassemble feminism, defend free speech, demonstrating that hard-Leftist progressive politics and culture are not mandatory for self-identified gay men.
Now, he’s declared an all-out war on Social Justice Warriors.. in a “fun and provocative” way. Grab the popcorn.
Shut Up! They Argued
As part of his “Dangerous Faggot” 2016 World Tour (dates & details here), Milo spoke on the Rutgers University campus on February 9th, to the usual attempts to shut down his speech by aggrieved “Black Lives Matter” activists. Some protesters had smeared their faces with red paint (which they left splattered on chairs, floors, and doors for the cleaning staff to deal with, no doubt). Tantrums, mess, and incivility matter!
The speech went ahead, after the rest of the crowd started chanting back at the disruptive BLM people “Trump! Trump! Trump!”, i.e., stuff your political correctness, we’re hear to listen to Milo, agree with him or not, so shut-up.
Some Rutgers Wah-Babies, February 2016
Behold typical neo-progressive campus activism: mischievous and disruptive bomb & death-threats, pulled fire alarms, angry mobs, screaming youth, and some cancelled events have become the new normal. This is just as most campuses in Europe and North America (such as Sarkeesian’s YorkU, Toronto) have become left-leaning toxic monocultures of progressivism, anti-semitism, soft-fascism, anti-Christianity, and a remarkable touchiness about even allowing words and ideas they dislike to be spoken on campus by students or profs, let alone at big events self-described by uppity and ‘Dangerous Faggots’.
Ideas? Thoughts? Discussion? Learning? Not so much. Hence Milo’s Ezra-esque and Steynian cheerful troublesomeness.
Grab That Muzzle
Yiannopolous started out as the ‘Breitbart Tech editor‘, but his fame (and the hatred directed toward him) grew as he journalistically took apart #GamerGate and feminist claims in various venues, to the point that his enemies recently protested his ‘Verified’ status on Twitter.. so the anti-free-speech Twits obediently de-verified him. Can’t have a ‘dangerous faggot’ interfering with the one-message Progressivist signal, can we?
The direction Twitter (and FaceBook) are trending in 2016 is uniformly progressive– towards editing, blocking, deleting, de-verifying, and otherwise interfering with non-Progressive groups, messages, and individuals. Of course, Mr. Yiannopolous has not stopped twittering, but the deverification means that his many online fans don’t automatically receive his tweets in their regular news-feed.
Thus Miss Sarkeesian’s invite to the Twitter Muzzle & Ban club fits where that social media platform wants to go: less dissent, less upsetting ideas, less free speech, less contrarian troublemaking– less stupid evil Milo & company. These are sad and alarming developments: some speech is freer than others; some ideas are more equal than others.
Ever since the fact-checking and talking back to establishment radicals hit with the invention of the public internet, various kinds of speech police have been working double-overtime to stuff the genie back into the bottle. Uncontrollable thought, open discussion, debunking, actual debate and disagreement?– it must be stopped.
So Miss Sarkeesian has chosen to be the poster-girl for Big Brother and Big Muzzle, via social media giants; and a thoughtful gay pest has stood up one of the latest poster-boys for the fightback, for freedom and rational debate in media, culture, on campuses, and no sacred cows allowed. Pay attention to his reasoned ideas now, before someone shoots him.
Dare we hope some less-than-soft-fascistic Canadian university invites Milo Yiannopolous to speak here, to fight back against the creeping morbidity of mind and politics which is even now re-freezing the Canadian mind and spirit? We could invite Sarkeesian, too, but we already have thousands upon thousands of copies of her in Women’s Studies Departments, feminist groups, and in government and bureaucracy (plus the Prime Minister’s Office) to think she’d really bring anything interesting or new. We helped inflict her on the world– surely we owe the world some balanced fact-checking?
I know whose side I’m standing on. How about you?
My name is Binks WebElf, and I self-identify as a cis-gendered male elf, except on Wombat Wednesdays, and “I’m A Tree, So Hug Me” month.