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Milo Yiannopoulos Visits Real Time Amid Controversy: Here's How It Went

Breitbart senior editor/alt-right agitator Milo Yiannopoulos appeared on Friday’s Real Time With Bill Maher and hit on many of his favorite topics — the weakness of liberals, the unreliability of gays and women, the leadership prowess of President Donald Trump — in the show’s one-on-one interview segment.

Yiannopoulos’ appearance created controversy even before it happened. Earlier in the week, panelist Jeremy Scahill, co-founder of The Intercept, cancelled his scheduled appearance on the HBO talk show in protest of sharing an episode with Yiannopoulos, whom Scahill said promotes a “racist, anti-immigrant campaign.”

Maher responded, in a statement to EW.com, saying, “If Mr. Yiannopoulos is indeed the monster Scahill claims — and he might be — nothing could serve the liberal cause better than having him exposed on Friday night.”

So, how did the interview go? Here are a few salient bits:

* Maher joked at the top of the interview that Yiannopoulos, who had accessorized with several strands of pearls, looked like the Sacha Baron Cohen character “Brüno.”

* After the crowd groaned at Yiannopoulos’ assertion that gays don’t show up to work, but they’re not as unreliable as women, he told them, “You’re easy. You’re very easily triggered. It’s pathetic.” (For the uninitiated, Yiannopoulos himself is gay.)

* Yiannopoulos called Democrats “the party of Lena Dunham,” prompting Maher to joke, “Let’s not pick on [a] fellow HBO star.” The Breitbart editor then said Amy Schumer and Sarah Silverman were funny “before they contracted feminism,” a line of conversation that Maher shut down quickly.

* Another topic on which Maher didn’t challenge his guest: Yiannopoulos’ assertion that his Twitter harassment of Ghostbusters and Saturday Night Live star Leslie Jones — which eventually got him banned from the social media site — was no big deal. “You’ve just got to accept that mean words on the Internet don’t hurt anyone,” Yiannopoulos said.

* In closing, Maher suggested that Yiannopoulos “get off the Trump train.” Yiannopoulos’ response: “He’s fabulous.”

What did you think of Maher’s interview with Yiannopoulos? Hit the comments with your thoughts on the Real Time exchange.

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80 Comments
  1. Lysh says:

    I wonder what happened in this guy’s life that made him turn out to be such a horrible bully. I’d do the research, but I can’t stand him.

    • PatriciaLee says:

      $, what else?

      • Bark Star says:

        A mother that didnt love him enough. Or an uncle that loved him too much. Take your pick. Yiannopoulos is a troll and all trolls want is atttention, even hate. It fills the void that is inside them, created somewhere in their childhood. In the end, there is only one way to deal with trolls (at least until they make it legal to shoot them in the head): Don’t feed the trolls.

    • Shlomo Shunn says:

      I suspect Maher’s parents made him a bully.

      • Lysh says:

        Hah, good one. You know I mean Milo. Anyone who thinks mean words don’t hurt people should google all the cyberbullying suicide cases.

        • geegee says:

          The media and crappy “after the school special movies” create simplified stories of cause and effect for sensationalist purposes. Many people that work in digital safety and many psychologists consider that to be a huge disservice for kids (and they are all kids) with problems who are facing cyberbullying. Many of those kids needed help in general with emotional issues, and nothing was being done about it, on top of being more at risk for adverse effects of bullying of any kind. Since the numbers are staggering in terms of even the strictest definition of cyberbullying, one would expect the number of suicides among the youth to rise as well – it hadnt for a long time (overall). So instead of blindly believing what media (conservative or liberal or whatever) are serving you, better do some research about the topic and consider what people that are not only trying to clickbait you into shock are saying about the topic.

          Besides, the actress is far from being a kid, so even your try at an argument fails here.

          • DL says:

            @geegee: So you’re saying that the emotional and psychological distress doesn’t matter, then, unless these kids commit suicide? Bullying has always been wrong. Cyber-bullying is no different. It’s pointless to bandy about suicide statistics in order to refute something purely semantic. The only actual point being made — the one you’re either blatantly ignoring, or totally missing — is that bullying is bad for our kids. Regardless of which side of the aisle you’re on, there’s no reason to applaud someone who espouses bullying as a way of life, and calls it a victim-less crime.
            .
            Why is a little common decency and human respect suddenly such a terrible thing for people to have, these days? Why is intentionally being a jerk a quality that’s praiseworthy? I was raised with the expression, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” Obviously sometimes you have to speak up anyway, if it’s for your beliefs. But to run your mouth just to be cruel, to feed off the emotional distress of others? Come on, now. What happened to having values?

          • geegee says:

            @DL (couldnt reply to your post directly)
            Oh please, do not misrepresent what I actually had said. I do not think that harassment and bullying are not hurtful, or unimportant. I reacted to the simplified narrative of absolute causation of suicide by bullying / with the implication of that poster is that every time someone bullies, you are risking someone’s death. Which is just not true.

            And yes, sure, people could be more polite and reserved and whatever, but they are not. Kids are not, adults are not. But this simple fact does not make fake causations any more true.

            And to be pedantic and ridiculous I should point out that every thing that’s said in a textual (verbal) forum is always “purely semantic”. So that’s really not any kind of criticism I can answer besides being even more purely semantic.

      • PatriciaLee says:

        Carl Jung said sometimes it was not the parents fault.

      • Temperance says:

        How much do the Russians pay you?

    • SG says:

      He took $100g from his supporters on reddit for a white male scholarship then just kept the money. He’s a scam artist.

    • maggie says:

      I wondered if Milo was a serious conservative commentator, but he’s proved that he’s not. He just an attention seeking jerk, who knows that bad behavior gets the most attention. Milo’s schtick will grow old soon.

    • Pedro says:

      Catholic guilt. Many gays brought up in Catholicism have it. He hates himself, so he has to tear others down so he can feel better. Very common.

    • Serious question:

      When you read comments on Youtube and Twitter do you think that is the author truly being themselves, or do you think they’re purposely being cruel because they get kicks out of the anonymity of those sites?

      I’m not condoning or justifying anything, I’m just saying there are a lot of evil people out there. We shouldn’t pretend it’s a select few who we know to be, there’s millions out there no matter how hard the PC Police tries to act like they’re all gone.

    • E. D. Boddy says:

      It’s called having being sexually abused.

    • Amy says:

      I suspect that this scumbag has a lot of hatred & self-loathing and lashes out at others instead of fixing himself. This way he gets attention (albeit negative) and that’s all he’s got. No heart, no soul, no morals, no ethics….all this waster of skin has is his 15 minutes of fame! Hopefully he will be forgotten once the trump band of haters and idiots are pushed back into the shadows where they used to be.

  2. PatriciaLee says:

    I guess I don’t get why anyone is paying attention to him since he’s not an American. At least that is my understanding. I haven’t read any of his stuff. I’m into blue skys.

  3. MangoMagic says:

    Talk about the definition of “moral bankruptcy.” Him and Kellyanne Conway would get along fabulously since they’re both absolutely peachy with saying the worst drivel just to get a rise out of people and to get some paper in their pockets. It’s such a sad world when an elementary school bully can get famous to be a sh**-stirrer.

    • John Doe says:

      Funny. Milo has totally crushed ever comer who has dared to debate him. And his opponent tonight didn’t even dare to show. Some elementary school bully indeed.

      • maggie says:

        The guest who boycotted the show, Jeremy Scahill, was not supposed to debate Milo. Milo’s segment was a one-on-one interview with Maher. Scahill was scheduled to be part of the panel discussion.

        • J.B. says:

          Milo was also a part of the panel discussion. Larry Wilmore told him to F— himself during it. That was when Scahill could have taken Milo on.

          • brickellbay says:

            You may want to try actually watching the show before commenting. Milo was the pre-panel interview. He sat in a chair having a one-on-one with Maher. He didn’t interact with the three panelists.

          • Dysturbed says:

            brickellbay, he did in fact interact with the three panelists, but it was after the show on “overtime.”

          • brickellbay says:

            I didn’t see Overtime. I stand corrected.

          • J.B. says:

            @ brickellbay You might want to watch Overtime, which is indeed part of the show, if before you make a comment. Or you could try YouTube. At the time of this comment Milo’s segment with the 3 panelists is the #1 trending video.

          • Lois says:

            Milo joined the panel during “Overtime,” not the show itself. “Overtime” is an online after-show, lasting about 10 minutes, in which the viewers submit questions to the guests. The panel guests always participate in “Overtime,” but the interview guests do not always participate. Milo participated. Answering questions from viewers isn’t the same as the panel discussion. I doubt that Milo could have held his own in an actual panel discussion. I give credit to Jack Kingston for trying to hold the conservative, GOP party line in the panel discussion. He tried, despite knowing the audience wasn’t with him, which took guts. Milo doesn’t have guts like Kingston.

            During the actual show, Bill Maher was easy on Milo. Bill didn’t dispute Milo’s claim that online bullying doesn’t hurt anyone, and even seemed to agree with Milo’s rude comments about Leslie Jones.

            Even during “Overtime” Bill said Milo was being reasonable for wanting to keep transgendered women out of bathrooms to protect women and children, claiming they were really men with mental problems and committed most of the sexual assaults. That’s what brought on Larry’s comments that Milo was wrong about transsexuals. Larry also said a second “go f yourself” to Milo regarding Milo’s nasty comments about Leslie Jones. This still was not a real discussion like they have on the show itself.

      • Temperance says:

        So, you’re deeply brain-damaged. Find a fact one day, bub.

        • Olivia says:

          Aren’t they all?
          I hope there’s a genetic mutation or a split currently happening in the human species, I refuse to think that millions of people across the planet choose to be bottom-of-the-barrel level of stupid.

          • c-mo says:

            And I bet you’re one of the ones crying about bullying! Name-calling is not an attractive accessory to wear.

    • PatriciaLee says:

      Sometimes, people just have a talent and do well without further education, i.e. Rush Limbaugh. I guess they’re artists who found their mediums. The world is a varied and fascinating place. I find it interesting that their canvas is the ignored generations from former farm families, shucked aside by all the successful members of those farming generations. I was stunned by the term ‘flyover states’.

    • geegee says:

      Right, and talking about regretting not having an abortion was an inspired piece of poetry in motion. Both sides have sh## stirrers.

    • Lj says:

      You are totally describing Bill Mather.

  4. Shlomo Shunn says:

    Trump: won!

    NE Pats: won!

    Milo: won!

    Losing Leftists are going mad, what with Hilligula, Falcons, and Maher losing. Even Ma Nature is fed up with Democrats. Can’t wait for the Oroville Dam to sweep Moonbeam and his liberals/illegals out to sea.

    • j says:

      So these are the GOP real American heroes now? A Manhattan reality show star/real estate tycoon, a multi-billion dollar NFL franchise from Massachusetts, and a gay blogger? What exactly does your party care about at this point?

    • Basil says:

      You are more boring than dumb. No, wait…

    • DL says:

      This is exactly the problem. Trumpers care more about “winning” (Charlie Sheen flashbacks, anyone?) and dumping on liberals, i.e. their fellow Americans, than they do about America actually being respected in the world, or great for anyone again — at least anyone other than themselves.
      .
      Personally, I’m more concerned about whether we’re all still going to have healthcare in a year. I’m concerned that Orange POTUS will start a war with Iran or North Korea (and, by extension, China). I’m concerned his immigration policies and threats of trashing trade deals and instating tariffs, combined with his promise of massive tax cuts and rampant spending, will re-crash our barely stabilized economy. But yeah, keep telling yourself that all I care about is that we “lost.” When reality comes crashing down, along with your bubble, maybe you’ll finally start to realize that the world isn’t a win-lose, all-or-nothing, zero-sum game. We’re all in this together, or didn’t you realize?
      .
      I get that there are vast swathes of the United States in need of revitalization, where people are suffering and in need of work. I get that’s why Trump got elected. But those who elected him should hold him accountable. He’s making America less safe, and any short-term job gains he creates won’t matter if he drives our economy off a cliff. Besides, automation is here, new energy infrastructure is here, and some of the jobs he’s promised to bring back in manufacturing and coal production simply don’t exist anymore because they have no profitability for companies. And the GOP cares way more about corporate profitability for the energy and manufacturing sectors as a whole than they do about all those dying coal towns. At least HRC had the decency to be honest about it.
      .
      Take off your blinders, and start paying attention to what’s really happening.

  5. John Doe says:

    Brilliant. Time’s up for the thugs who police thought on the Left.

    • DL says:

      Basic human decency. It used to be a thing. We’re just trying to bring it back. Ya dig?

    • Angela says:

      So asking people to not treat others like crap is equal to being “thought police” now? Interesting.
      .
      Also, if you want to talk about “thought police”, maybe you should start yelling at Mr. “I want the press and ‘SNL’ to stop making fun of me ‘and calling me out on my lies cause they’re being meeeeeeean and I don’t know how to take any criticism like an adult” Trump.
      .

  6. Joey says:

    Team TVLine is really going to have to do something about its horrendous troll infestation as of late.

  7. Elle says:

    I adore Milo. Liberals hate him because he doesn’t fit into a little box that they want him to fit in. He is more than just his sexual orientation. Liberals can’t stand that a gay man is against them. They also can’t stand that he’s so popular because it doesn’t go with their idea that conservatives have a problem with gay people. He is exposing them for the hatemongers that they are. They try to stifle free speech. They want to silence anyone with a different view. The more they attack him, the more popular he becomes. So don’t stop. Keep hating. ;)

    • Mike R. says:

      yes, this guy who has literally said gays are a detriment to society and that we should go back into the closet. I wonder why conservatives like him….. The only gays conservatives like are the self hating ones like M*lo

      • Coop says:

        People keep confusing conservatives with populists. A ton of conservatives don’t like Trump. That includes a good chunk of people that didn’t vote for him and those that did so begrudgingly to avoid a Clinton Presidency (count me among those that didn’t). Also, there’s plenty of conservatives that are popular, likable and happen to be gay, unlike Milo. Milo’s strength comes from idiots playing right into his trap. It’s not that hard to avoid doing so.

    • Anne says:

      As a Liberal, I loathe him because he preaches hate. I respect his right to exist in the world and be treated with human dignity. He does not believe this should be the way. He advocates for treating certain people as less than human, with less access to rights and dignity.
      .
      That is why we loathe him and people like him. All human beings are deserving of respect, rights, and dignity

    • Lois says:

      No one cares if Milo is gay. Milo is just a guy who realizes that being outrageous will make him money. For instance, he’s an openly gay man who says that gays should stay in the closet. He knows that kind of cognitive dissonance will get him talked about. He’s a British citizen who loves to tell Americans how they should live, and once he makes enough money here will go back home laughing at us all.

  8. Basil says:

    B.O.R.I.N.G

  9. sweetrupturedlight says:

    I thought Bill was a little tame, compared to how he usually goes off the rails. Milo is quite awful though.

    • canadian ninja says:

      Maher was doing the only smart thing (other than not bothering with watshisname in the first place). You don’t feed an attention seeking troll with more attention.

      • Mike R. says:

        Exactly if he wasn’t gonna challenge his harmful beliefs they never should have had him on in the first place.

      • Eurydice says:

        Interesting. I’m trying to figure out how inviting an attention-seeking troll on TV is *not* feeding him.

        • Lois says:

          Not only was Bill feeding the troll, but he either agreed with Milo on some things or didn’t challenge him. For instance, on “overtime” Bill said Milo was being reasonable for not wanting transgendered women to use women’s bathrooms in order to protect women and children, claiming they were really mentally ill men in drag. Bill didn’t challenge Milo when he said online bullying doesn’t hurt anyone. Poor performance on Bill’s part.

          • Eurydice says:

            Well, it may have been poor performance or it may have been what Bill actually believes. Somehow, there’s this idea that every liberal comedian, talk show host, newsperson, etc., is a deep-thinking saint whose opinions are pure and gospel. But we know the entertainment business isn’t like that and we know that human beings, in general, aren’t like that.

  10. I actually agreed with Maher’s final sentiment about not feeding into Milo’s purpose, but the thing is Milo RELIES on people being offended by the things he says to the point that its no longer a matter of him simply saying things that upset people, he’s going out of his way to do so.

    The comparison to Joan Rivers was unfair too, everything Maher read about Joan were things that didn’t endear me to her, they were things that irked me. I could get past those because Rivers was more dimensional than those instances, Milo is nothing more than a shock artist…he’s not funny and his words do hold consequence.

    • Lois says:

      You are correct about the comparison to Joan Rivers. The eulogies praising Rivers were for her being a pioneer in bringing women into mainstream comedy. She was also the first woman to host her own late night tv show. The eulogies weren’t an endorsement of all her jokes. She was also a comedian, and not a political commentator as Milo claims to be. When Joan spoke, not matter how cruel or outrageous, we knew she was attempting to be funny, and would judge what she said on that level. Milo bills his work as political and social commentary, which means you have to regard his work in a more serious vein than comedy. Looking at Milo’s commentary, you have to decide if his opinions are fully formed, backed by facts, based on reality or conjecture, and if they simply make any sense.

  11. Temperance says:

    I’m not sure how they did it, but somehow they converted pure lie into human form. So. Incredibly. Disgusting.

  12. RyanC says:

    I don’t know who is more desperate for attention, Milo or Katie Hopkins.

  13. Sue says:

    I don’t think you should be encouraging the use of ‘alt-right’. The word fascist has been perfectly acceptable for a very long time. Those who are spreading fascist ideas no longer want to be associated with nazism so they created a cool, modern version, ‘alt-right’. Normalizing fascism is unacceptable and making it sound cool leads to deceive.

    • E. D. Boddy says:

      There’s no such thing as THE alt-right in that there’s no specific definition. Many people and groups use it, but they have nothing to do with each other.

  14. boo radley says:

    Boo Hoo, Milo hurt my feelings.

    Milo is great and spot on. The diaper pin Leftist want control of everything. Go to your safe spaces immediately!

    • Angela says:

      .Trump complains about “SNL” making fun of him on a regular basis. I guess he’s a “diaper pin lefty” by your definition, too?
      .
      Seriously, when the hell did we get to this point where calling people out for saying cruel things is somehow akin to being a “crybaby sensitive snowflake”? What is so hard about, y’know, NOT being mean to people?

  15. JB says:

    He needs medication. He is cleary manic and needs stabilizers.

  16. Guest says:

    Keep up the good work on completely unhinging the brain washed left Milo!!! The more they witch and moan the more we know we’re doing a good job! #MAGA

  17. Debbie says:

    Watching last night, all I could think was : This is the newest alt-right darling? A snarky little boy who dislikes feminists because they can man up easier than he can. A kitty might have claws, but this one just left me laughing at the fascists who have turned this one into a god. The joke’s on them.

  18. Kim R says:

    He struck me as a misbehaving child trying to shock his parents into giving him attention. I don’t really think he genuine, even in his own pontifications. He’s an act. A bad one but an act none the less.

  19. Marie58 says:

    TVLine acts like Milo is the first “controversial” guest on Maher. Strange. The guy is a satirist. Not sure why people commenting here are taking his every word literally. In addition, he’s a pot-stirrer. Not like he’s the only one! If you like him, you’ll find him entertaining. If you don’t like him, well, no one’s making you watch him. Change the channel. By the way, he’s succeeded in stirring the TVLine pot judging by the reaction. You’re making his day. ;)

  20. B says:

    Are we not taking about when Larry Willmore came out and told him to Fo Fluck Himself?

  21. philipem1000 says:

    Milo is proof that gays are treated equally. Everybody without exception hates him.