The Twitter ban on pro-am man-baby Milo Yiannopoulos arrived; he therefore departed. There were protests from many out there on the libertarian right; these came to nothing. Yiannopoulos will have to go elsewhere in order to whip up hatred against those he so shamelessly uses to expand his media presence. The decision has been made and will not be reversed. Most understood this. But not everyone.
(c) Doc Hackenbush 2014
In the strange parallel universe inhabited by (thankfully) former Tory MP Louise Mensch, all that needed to be done was to have a suitably vocal stampy tantrum and the people who police Twitter would see the error of their ways, restoring the deeply unpleasant Yiannopoulos to his rightful place in the social media pantheon. So off she ranted.
Sadly, Ms Mensch went wrong from the word go, as she failed to understand that Twitter is not a Government agency and can make its own rules on who participates. “In this instance, social networks should come under monopoly rules. @Nero conservative speech suspension should be looked at by Congress” she announced. No-one listened.
But … but … look over there: “#Gamergate gets harassed like this @safety and you ban @nero instead? Subhuman filth ok with you?” That was the same term - “subhuman” that she had used herself. About Yiannopoulos, before she became his bestest friend.
Still no-one listened. So she tried lecturing Twitter management. “This tweet is the real #FreeMilo scandal. @jack made @nero responsible for 300k other people. That's Twitter's job”. It was the left’s fault: “This is the kind of left wing stuff @jack and @safety routine ignore. Far worse than anything @nero said”. Anyone not agreeing is a rotten lefty!
That too did not work, so Ms Mensch changed tack and declared Yiannopoulos to be the winner. “I would like to congratulate @Nero who has allowed @jack to make him into a conservative media superstar at zero cost to himself #FreeMilo … It would have cost @nero literally millions of dollars of Twitter advertising to be the top global trend for 24 hours #FreeMilo - @jack gift” she trilled. Still no-one listened.
But someone was talking about him in the Netherlands! There was a mention of Geert Wilders (maybe not much of a recommendation)! Yiannopoulos must be important: “So @Nero is going global lol #FreeMilo”. The ones who abused Leslie Jones were someone else’s big boys who did it and ran away: “You know by now that literally none of these are Milo @nero or his mates right @jessiecath?” Still no-one listened.
Louise Mensch goes from one lost cause to another: before Yiannopoulos got himself banned from Twitter, she was flogging a rumour from a far-right conspiracy theorist about what happened during the Bataclan Theatre shootings. That went nowhere and earned her nothing but ridicule. Now she is defending Milo Yiannopoulos for the same reward. And still does not get it that Twitter has made its decision - which is not going to be changed.
The stupidity on display is breathtaking. And remember, they allowed her to become an MP.