by Alex Bennett
Until a few weeks ago, I had no idea that Milo Yiannopoulos even existed. When my friend in this Public Relations Programming class wanted to partner up with me for this project, she suggested looking at the image repair strategies of this person because apparently he’s just “so interesting,” and after some cursory research into Yiannopoulos, I’d have to agree.
Not too long ago, his Twitter account was banned for breaking its abuse and harassment policies. Rather than attempting to apologize or otherwise minimize the harm of his actions, he decided to attack the accuser.
Apparently he’s been a controversial public speaker for years, speaking out against Islam, political correctness, feminism, and many other topics. He’s led a legion of faithful and strong supporters who believe he can do no wrong, but recently he said something just a bit too controversial. What he said was interpreted by many to be a condoning or endorsement of relationships between young boys and much older men, or in other words, pedophilia.
After this remarks which seemed to condone pedophilia surfaced and became widely known, two immediate consequences were the revoking of his invitation to a gathering of fellow conservatives, and the cancellation of a book deal of his.
He later responded to the remarks by claiming that he was a victim of sexual abuse when he was very young, but did not go into deeper details, and did not apologize for saying what he did.
Considering this is all only the latest of what I’m sure are a number of controversial and inflammatory statements, I’m quite interested to do more research into this person, seeing what other seemingly crazy stuff he’s done or said.
He seems like he refuses to show remorse for his attempts at image repair, which may be part of the reason why his image doesn’t seem like it’s been repaired very much. I’d have to say he’s arguably an awful human being, but a fascinating one as well.