I believe it is important to dispel the notion that Breitbart journalist Milo Yiannopoulos is a dedicated conservative.
In no sense has Milo displayed a devotion to conservative values. He has proven to be nothing more than a far-right provocateur. Milo has repeatedly performed grandiose stunts and delivered provocative speeches on college campuses with the intent of warranting a reaction from the left.
While witnessing the excessive reactions from the academic left and their proponents has been humorous, Milo’s actions are of little intellectual value. Such stunts are not designed to pose a dissenting opinion nor issue a philosophical challenge as they largely lack substance. What substance one may find amongst Milo’s array of speeches is consistently in line with a national populist agenda, with some labeling his views as alt-right.
The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) recently announced that Milo was to be a keynote speaker at CPAC. Due to inappropriate comments regarding adults engaging in inappropriate relationships with minors, CPAC cancelled his appearance and Milo resigned from Breitbart.
CPAC has long-been the rally for the conservative movement, showcasing speakers such as Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) and 2nd Amendment advocate Dana Loesch. Given the conservative precedence that exists for speakers at CPAC, it is unclear why Yiannopoulos was originally included in this years lineup. Likely, we are witnessing a distortion of traditional conservatism with national populism, a phenomenon that may be observed in the current administration.
If we aim to be ideologically consistent, we cannot continue to support the right-wing, populist rhetoric of Milo Yiannopoulos.
As a College Republican, I do understand the appeal of Milo’s provocative approach. There is a peculiar satisfaction in observing the emotional collapse of your academic peers, but we mustn’t overlook the false narrative being conveyed through entertainment.