Milo Yiannopoulos, who supported the American alt-right and used to work for Breitbart, has published a rant for his followers on Facebook in which he calls his sceptical fans “entitled fucking babies” and says he has been “betrayed and abandoned by everyone he ever called… my friend”.
Yiannopoulos posted a video of him eating live baby crabs at a restaurant on Friday. In the comments one of his followers asked whether “this lifestyle is why you’re not doing your promised podcasts and losing subscribers. Where did our old Milo go?”
In the conversation that followed, he posted a lengthy rant that started “over the past three years, I have spent literally millions of dollars trying to do talks, speeches, events, rallies and protests, to say nothing of all the stuff I do behind the scenes I can never tell you about. A lot of that money was my own wealth, from before I even started in journalism. My events almost never happen.
“It’s protests, or sabotage from Republican competitors or social media outcries. Every time, it costs me tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars. And when I get dumped from conferences, BARELY ANYONE makes a sound about it — not my fellow conservative media figures and not even, in many cases, you guys. When was the last time any of you protested in the street at the treatment meted out to me or Pamela Gellar or Mike Cernovich or Alex Jones?”
Yiannopoulos has had a difficult couple of years since being a poster boy for the rise of alt-right politics in America. He was banned from Twitter in 2016, then deserted by his former employers Breitbart following one controversial interview too many in which he appeared to defend paedophilia. A major book deal fell through, and his self-published book- which had some deliciously harsh editor notes- only sold 152 copies in the UK.
After taking credit for being a “significant factor” in the election of Donald Trump as US President, he adds: “for my trouble, I have lost everything standing up for the truth in America, spent all my savings, destroyed all my friendships, and ruined my whole life. At some point, you realize it’s occasionally better to spend the money on crabs and cocktails.”
The internet has, of course, had an absolute field day.
In recent days, Milo Yiannopoulos was announced for the line-up of a political convention in Los Angeles. Another attendee withdrew her appearance as a result and, following wider public outcry, Politicon announced his withdrawal from the bill. Yiannopoulos says he only learned he was not to be appearing at the event when The Daily Beast published the festival’s statement about it.