Milo Yiannopoulos’ The Troll Academy Tour is underway in Australia. The “alt-right” gay Catholic has complained about the lack of media coverage his visit has received, but he has answered some questions for DNA.…
You’ve said you’d prefer to be heterosexual if you had the choice. How does your husband feel about that?
I’m grateful to have love in my life – profound, eternal, abiding love. It softens the blow of being gay. But my husband understands exactly what I mean. At some point every gay man has to come to terms with not being able to produce a child through lovemaking with their chosen partner, even if they don’t conceive it or express it quite like that. It’s an emotional and moral burden.
Is your only objection to marriage equality that it might impinge on religious freedoms?
No. I think it’s a pity gays are falling into these bourgeois, heteronormative institutions. I include myself in that criticism. I worry that something is being lost; I worry that our status as tastemakers and hell-raisers will erode when we give up the drugs and four-day-benders and we become socially acceptable. On balance I think it’s probably best that gays get married – to a woman – and have children, and do whatever they want in their illicit, forbidden private lives, like it was in the good old days.
In Australia, churches already have the freedom to discriminate against gay people. Our new marriage law won’t change that. Knowing that, does that change your objection to marriage equality in Australia?
Religion is by its nature discriminatory – it discriminates between believers and apostates. That’s just as it should be: either you want to get to Heaven, or you don’t. The highest consideration for public policy should be total freedom of religious conscience. Religious nuts should be free to be homophobic just as the gay lobby should be free to mock and ridicule Christians… I reserve the right to laugh at everyone.
How do you square your Roman Catholic faith with the institution in which you were abused?
One bad apple does not spoil the basket. If you’re the sort of person for whom eternal, immutable metaphysical truths can be thrown into doubt just because you got diddled once by a man in a frock, Catholicism probably isn’t for you.
You’re a supporter of unrestricted free speech; should that include the freedom to vilify or incite violence against people? Should it extend to knowingly spreading untruths?
You should be able to say whatever you want, as long as you’re not inciting violence or serious crime, or calling for tyranny or terror. Yes, you should absolutely be free to spread untruths. That doesn’t mean your speech will be free from consequence: if you lie a lot, and lie in public, you will be found out and you will be shunned.
You enjoy being a provocateur but to what end? When you admit you say deliberately outrageous things just to troll the mainstream media, why should anyone take anything you say seriously?
I never say anything I do not believe, but of course I say things in shocking or provocative ways. Because it works.
Have you ever held progressive views?
No, of course not.
Can you identify the moment, or moments, in your life when you became radicalised?
It’s typical of journalists to describe effective, popular conservatives as “extreme” or “far-right” or “radical.” But I’m not. I don’t express any opinion not shared by hundreds of millions of Americans. I just do it in a more mischievous way. That might be an awkward truth for you, but it is a fact. If there is a “radical” on one side of this interview, it isn’t me.
Do you think Mike Pence would make a better US President than Donald Trump?
Much as the thought of electroshock therapy gives me an erection, I’ll stick with Daddy.
You’ve said lesbians aren’t real, that women shouldn’t be allowed to drive, and that feminism is cancer; are there any kinds of women you like?
Of course! Margaret Thatcher. Ann Coulter. Mariah Carey. I don’t think much of female chefs, composers or painters but ladies more than hold their own in novel-writing and performance. You shouldn’t mistake my hatred of feminism for blanket hostility toward women. I just don’t have to pretend to revere anything with a vagina. Women have to earn my respect, just like everyone else. They don’t get it automatically.
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