Milo Yiannopoulos is a loathsome proto fascist. A disruptor, a camp agitator. To the gays, he is our familiar. We all know men like Milo. When gay men are together… in private, competing for attention, without the prying female gaze, without the heterosexual male laughing like a hyena at things he can only guess are funny, men like Milo reveal themselves.
Milo is the club bitch, the bar cunt, the gym queen… who, without introduction or provocation will dismember you with a single word. He will not hesitate to identify and mercilessly herald to anyone who will listen your most tender vulnerability what ever it may be. He is the gay guy who unrelentingly critiques your clothes, your teeth, your abs… and worst of all? He is every gay man I know. He is inexorably cruel. Straight people think caustic homosexuals, diluted for mass consumption, are funny and unique.
Successful gay male entertainers like Dan Savage, Graham Norton and Alan Carr delight heterosexuals with their cutting jibes, a crippling aside masked with a cheeky grin… and the genesis of their humor? Self-defense. Ironically, these skills are honed to protect ourselves from each other, from other gays, the queens, from men like Milo. From you and me.
Do you remember the first queen you ever met? How exotic and frightening they were? Sitting at the bar. How they crossed their legs, sipped their cocktail, do you remember how they looked at you?
Milo, Hamish Bowles and I are all from the same cathedral city (and there about) of Canterbury in Kent, England. Until Milo pitched his tent in the USA I never expected a gay man like him to get any traction. I mean, have you heard him? How could anyone take him seriously? He’s a fool… but his campy insurrection and anti politically correct message were enthusiastically embraced by the Alt Right. Now, like some swishy Pines faggot bowling down Fire Island Boulevard high on meth, talking loudly to himself… he has leapt from the gay swamp into our consciousness.
Yesterday, however, an old radio interview surfaced in which Milo was accused, by his liberal detractors, of condoning child rape. Listening to the interview it became obvious to me that he was describing, albeit in his usual flamboyant, incendiary way, a very common experience for many gay teens. Overwhelmed with hormones and hornyness, unable to have sexual contact with our peers… he confessed as a boy he had consensual sex with men.
Milo perfectly described my experience as a gay teen and I’m sure we share this formative experience with many thousands of other gay men. I was sexually voracious, just like most teen boys but without any kind of outlet. Comforting myself with a cocktail of shame and confusion. Remember, when I was born… homosexuality was illegal. Like millions of others I was… born a criminal. I came out at 13. Making criminal sex choices as a young boy seemed perfectly understandable. What choice did I have? Only recently have people like me been pardoned by our government for being gay, and those who suffered in prison their records expunged.
Since Milo’s implosion the gay liberal media have kept extraordinarily quiet. It was easy to condemn Milo for hating on the trans, not so easy to shame him for his first time. What will happen if they tell their story of the older man who showed them the way? They might end up like Milo.
On Facebook, defending my own experience as a gay teen fucking men in their 30’s I was attacked by a straight women radio commentator and several straight men who refused to acknowledge that my sexperience is vastly difference from theirs. They insisted I had been preyed upon by pedophiles. They felt ‘sad’ that I didn’t understand I was a ‘victim’. They implied that unless I condemned the men I had sex with I colluded with all pedophiles. They were looking for an angle to bring me down. One of them called me a ‘narcissistic fag’. “If you are not a victim then you are a perpetrator,” they said. When I defended myself they told me how angry I was and how I should get help. Yeah, I thought… I’ve been seeking help for years to get over the trauma of being mercilessly bullied by straight people and their stringent anti gay laws. Who wouldn’t be angry if every time they held their lover’s hand in the street they risked a fatal blow?
I fought with ‘film maker’ Alexandra Billington and some dick called Ed Jones. I said:
You would like to conflate the experience of heterosexuals with homosexuals but you are wrong and the moment you understand you are dead wrong you can get off your high horse and apologize to the thousands of gay people you’ve just insulted.
As I said, me seeking out and fucking a 30-year-old when I was 13 because I was sexually isolated is not the same as a 30-year-old man grooming and fucking a 13-year-old girl. As much as you want it to be.
I’ll tell you the help I need. I need men like you to stop telling me what my experience of being gay is like. If I need help with my anger then it’s because people like you have tortured me all my life with your heteronormativity.
Alexandra Billington I suppose only characters in movies are rageful? Don’t you understand… you’re surrounded by people who are full of rage which is why we have Brexit and Trump. I don’t understand why you are not full of rage? You should be on the streets fighting austerity but you’re at home criticizing other people’s sexual history on Facebook. I can’t imagine how dull your films must be.
Hasan Piker from The Young Turks seemed overjoyed that Milo had lost his book contract, his speaking engagements and his credibility. Yet Milo lost everything for the least incendiary of any of his bitchy comments. Of all the dumb things Milo has said, of all the cruel and meaningless attacks on trans, women and people of color… he loses his book deal describing an experience he possibly shares with millions of other gay men.