It’s wrong to mock someone who is down on their luck … unless that person is failed former alt-right superstar Milo Yiannopoulos.
After being forced out of Breitbart two years ago, disinvited from conferences, losing his book deal, incurring approximately $2 million in debt, being deplatformed from a crowdfunding site, and being made to return his wedding ring, Yiannopoulous now appears to have returned to his most familiar haunt: the bottom.
Take, for example, his recent rendition of a gospel song, entitled “Silver & Gold.”
Of course the video is garbage: It’s an offensive send-up of gospel culture, in which Milo proclaims the virtues of his personal fetishistic materialism. At one point, Milo shows off a $7,500 dinner bill, which is laughable, given what we know about his debt.
Stylistically, the whole thing looks like an early 2000s Powerpoint presentation with a rejected Casio keyboard demo soundtrack. It’s comedy for the worst people you knew in middle school.
It’s rare to see Milo nowadays, even though he remains on multiple social media platforms — YouTube, Instagram, and Facebook among them. He’s virtually absent from public gatherings and the rest of the social media sphere.
It’s not that he’s totally disappeared. It’s just that he’s barely here. While I’m all for ignoring Milo’s pathetic grabs for attention, it’s important to take note of how low he’s had to descend to even touch the surface of the news cycle. The last time he made news it was for his debt. And this poorly produced video is far below Milo’s already abysmally low cultural standards. It could have been edited on a Motorola Razor. It’s worse than his normal garbage. It’s visual proof that no platforming — even partial no platforming — hurts.
This, my friends, is desperate.
To be fair, it’s only a little more tragic than when he recently offered people on his Patreon “Free Milo ringtones,” Milo posters, and the chance for “Milo to call you on your birthday” in return for donations in the hundreds of dollars. After people complained, he was kicked off the platform.
So congratulations, internet, for getting one of the worst people in the public domain at least partially removed. It took years before you could even partially no-platform Milo, but here we are. In a slightly better place.