Patreon bans controversial (and broke) far-right activist Milo Yiannopoulos from fundraising

Patreon bans controversial (and broke) far-right activist Milo Yiannopoulos from fundraising, by Emily Sakzewski at the ABC.

Controversial far-right activist Milo Yiannopoulos has had a tough two years. He’s been banned from Twitter, had to resign from Breitbart, lost his $250,000 book deal, he had to let go of staff from his company and this week announced he was broke.

The nail in the coffin came when he was banned from community crowdfunding website Patreon, which lets people pay a certain amount of money per month to support their favourite creators and artists. …

“I am one of the most censored and most lied-about people in the world. Even my fans sometimes believe things about me that aren’t true, because journalists lie more about me than perhaps anyone else in America.” …

A representative from Patreon also reached out to Yiannopoulos via email, saying his association with The Proud Boys “though recently disavowed, is a breach of our guidelines”.

ICYMI, The Proud Boys describe themselves as “a pro-Western fraternal organisation for men who refuse to apologise for creating the modern world; aka Western Chauvinists”.

The group’s founder Gaven McInnes was recently denied a visa to tour Australia. …

Financial woes:

Later that year [Milo]took a huge financial blow after his billionaire backer, and fervent supporter of US President Donald Trump, Robert Mercer withdrew his support.

He took another financial blow when another major backer, cryptocurrency billionaire Matthew Mellon, died unexpectedly.

His financial woes led to him having to lay off staff off his Milo Entertainment Company in April.

Earlier this week, The Guardian reported Yiannopoulos owes more than $2 million in debt, according to documents from promoters of his cancelled Australian speaking tour. …

“They say I owe $2m. I don’t! It’s at least $4m. Do you know how successful you have to be to owe that kind of money?”

hat-tip Joanne