MILO ON CNN: I WILL CONTINUE TO BE AS OFFENSIVE AS POSSIBLE:
[CNN’s Alison Kosik] presented Yiannopoulos with a log of his tweets about the Ghostbusters remake and its cast.
“Yeah, I said the women in it were fat and ugly and ugly and fat, and they are, and I’ll tell you why I find this problematic,” he declared.
“We’ve started to marginalize traditional beauty standards,” he explained. “Now what we’re expected to do is celebrate body positivity, and that it’s okay to abuse your bodies, and run the risk of horrible diseases, and awful chronic conditions, and to die sooner. That’s horrible. What I’m trying to do is draw attention to a critique of what’s happening in mainstream beauty culture, and that comes from compassion, about the messages we’re sending to young girls”.
While Milo’s answers are his usual “in an outrage culture it pays to be outrageous” responses, what I found fascinating about the interview wasn’t what Milo was saying, but instead, the contemptuous death glaze stare he was receiving from CNN’s Alison Kosik whenever they cut away from him.
Kosik has been with CNN for nearly a decade; so presumably, she’s well marinated in its corporate culture. The network’s founders and former executives have admitted to being in bed with some of the worst, murderous dictators on the planet, including Saddam Hussein and Fidel Castro. In more recent years, the network’s commentators have filed glowing reports on North Korea’s Kim Jong-Il.
But when faced with a gay British conservative whose weapons of mass destruction are strictly rhetorical, the death glare:
This is CNN. And this is the media culture they helped birth. As James S. Robbins wrote earlier this week in USA Today, America isn’t literally Weimar, but our culture and theirs have far too much in common.
UPDATE: Took me a while, but now I remember where I’ve seen that expression before!
(Artwork by Jon Gabriel of Ricochet.)