Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos — who Red Alert Politics dubbed the “Kanye West of Journalism” — hit back at Twitter on Wednesday after the brief suspension of his account due to a tweet about Islamic culture concerning homosexuals.
The gay conservative provocateur is outspoken about his condemnation of Islamic practices and in a recent article, he accused the West of choosing the rights of Muslims over those of homosexuals.
The suspension occurred hours before Yiannopolous was scheduled to hold a press conference in Orlando, Florida near Pulse, the location of the deadly mass shooting on Sunday. Yiannopoulos’s account was quickly reinstated, an action that he attributed to the Drudge Report that accused Twitter of censoring speech. On Tuesday, Yiannopoulos had planned to give a speech on Muslims and gays at the University of Central Florida, but the event was shut down by police, furthering his resolve to speak out.
At the press conference, Yiannopoulos blamed Muslim campaigners for his suspension and accused the social networking giant of being “Sharia-compliant.” “Twitter, whose largest investor is a Saudi, has become, to some degree, Sharia-compliant in the last six-months,” Yiannopoulos said, referencing Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal. “I think American universities are becoming Sharia-compliant too.”
Yiannopoulos seemed to have the support of the crowd as he stated that the Orlando shooting had inspired him to agree with Donald Trump’s proposed ban of Muslim immigration. “After Orlando, I’m all for it,” he said.
He contrasted the left’s opinions of Muslims compared to those of conservative Christians.
“Stop listening to the left,” he said. “Stop listening to people who say peace, love, and understanding and pacifism is going to save you. It didn’t save those people in the nightclub … there is no competition between declining to bake a cake and taking to a nightclub and killing or hurting 100 people. It is offensive and ridiculous and I don’t use the word ‘offensive’ very much, but that is.”
Yiannopolous cautioned, “I’m here to give you a warning from Europe. I know what happens when governments and the media try to pander to and to mollycoddle Islam … The politicians do not have your back, the media do not have your back, people are not going to protect gays or women or blacks or Latinos or any other minority. You’ve got to do it for yourself.”
“#FreeMilo” trended on Twitter in the U.S. among outcries that the network was restricting free speech until Yiannopoulos’s account was reinstated.