Milo Yiannopoulos lashes out over snub on Australian TV networks, by Pia Akerman.
Yiannopoulos launched his attack on the eve of a national speaking tour that will include a talk at Parliament House. Hundreds are expected at protests in Sydney and Melbourne.
Security is tight for the former Breitbart senior editor after an appearance at the University of California’s Berkeley campus this year sparked violent protests, with anti-fascists smashing windows and starting fires.
Yiannopoulos, who will arrive in Australia tomorrow, said the country was on “the frontline in the war for Western civilisation” but had been let down by media organisations censoring right-wing views.
“Waleed Aly won’t have me on his TV show because he’s too scared,” he said. “These are some of the highest-paid, highest-profile, bravest supposedly journalists in the Australian media establishment … the Australian media who are chicken shit and say they will have me on (then) they realise I’m not an idiot and won’t have me on in the studio.
“I have more respect for the people out in the street protesting, making their voices heard.”
Yiannopoulos said satellite interviews with Aly on Network Ten’s The Project and Karl Stefanovic on Nine’s Today had been cancelled at late notice.
Milo Yiannopoulos lands in Australia, by AAP.
Right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos has branded former prime minister Julia Gillard “a prick” as he prepares to embark on his speaking tour of Australia.
The self-described “one man wrecking crew” and “internet supervillain” hurled the insult — along with plenty of others towards feminists and those on the left-wing of politics — during his first news conference on Australian shores today.
After attacking several Australian journalists for cancelling interviews with him, he admitted he was a fan of former Liberal prime minister Tony Abbott but not of Australia’s first female prime minister.
“I liked that guy Tony Abbott, I thought he was cool because he was ballsy … he was up against Julia Gillard who seemed like a complete prick,” Yiannopoulos told reporters. …
But he still weighed into plenty of political issues, calling on federal politicians debating same-sex marriage laws not to let them pass because there is no constitutional protection for freedom of religious expression and conscience like in the US.
“And I say that as a married gay person,” he said. …
Yiannopoulos has sold 10,000 tickets for his speaking tour of Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, the Gold Coast and Adelaide.
The venues are being kept secret until 24 hours before he appears for the two- hour shows, with Yiannopoulos claiming if he reveals the locations journalists will “invent” stories about protests. …
Yiannopoulos said he was “flattered” by the attempt to have him banned from parliament, but accused the Greens of “casting out the right of free speech”. “I just try to describe the world as I see it … wrapped up in good jokes,” he said.