Breitbart Editor Incites Racism, Kicked Off Twitter

Following a barrage of racist tweets at Leslie Jones, co-star of "Ghostbusters," Milo Yiannopoulos' account was permanently suspended.

Milo Yiannopoulos is a tech editor at conservative news site Breitbart with a penchant for Internet trolling, but he has sent his final tweet. After inciting a barrage of racist tweets aimed at “Saturday Night Live” comedian Leslie Jones, Yiannopoulos was permanently suspended from Twitter on Tuesday.

Using the handle @Nero, Yiannopoulos began insulting Jones, as Breitbart states, “Following Jones’ complaints about the messages she was receiving on Twitter and other social media platforms following the release of ‘Ghostbusters.’”

His insults included a video of Editorial Director of People and Entertainment Weekly Jess Cagle interviewing Jones and actress Kate McKinnon, who is white, also a co-star of the film. Yiannopoulos added the title, “Which ‘Ghostbusters’ Star Never Shaves Her Legs?”

Jones tweeted at Yiannopoulos:

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His followers, (he had more than 300,000) began insulting her as well. At first Jones blocked the tweets, but then she began retweeting to show the interactions. She was compared to Harambe, the gorilla killed at the Cincinnati Zoo, along with other derogatory comments:

Twitter users then called on the company to remove him from the microblogging site, creating the hashtag #BanNero. Jones also sent a tweet questioning why Twitter doesn’t ban its abusive users, which garnered a response from its Chief Executive Jack Dorsey:

Jones tweeted Tuesday night she planned to leave Twitter:

“I leave Twitter tonight with tears and a very sad heart. All this cause I did a movie. You can hate the movie but the sh*t I got today…wrong.”

Twitter decided to permanently delete Yiannopoulos’ account. However, the statement did not specifically say it was due to the derogatory tweets sent at Jones.

The company said “over the past 48 hours” it had taken actions, including permanent suspensions, against several users. It said the response came as an “an uptick in the number of accounts” violating anti-abuse and anti-harassment policies.

“People should be able to express diverse opinions and beliefs on Twitter. But no one deserves to be subjected to targeted abuse online,” the statement reads.

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Yiannopoulos was previously temporarily banned several times for violating the company’s terms of service through offensive tweets, which often fanned political tensions.

In a Facebook post Monday morning, he said he has no remorse for attacking Jones. “No regrets. Why would I? #BanNero hashtag has failed, #SuspendNeroParty hashtag has failed. Free Speech FOREVER.”

He later posted, “Twitter just declared war on free speech.”

Yiannopoulos is a conservative and a Trump supporter. At a “Citizens for Trump” rally on Monday outside of the Republican National Convention, he rallied attendees.

“It seems to me that Donald Trump … is best placed to end the cancer of political correctness in this country,” Yiannopoulos said, according to Breitbart. “Isn’t it remarkable that in just 20 years, punk, the spirit of dissidence in the country has gone from being a far left activist to wearing a MAGA [Make America Great Again] hat.”

Yiannopoulos, who refers to himself as the “glittering leading light of the conservative gay movement,” participated in a “Gays for Trump” party in Cleveland on Monday as well. He posted a video of the event on his YouTube page, which has more than 200,000 subscribers.

Conservatives, traditionally, have been at odds with supporting the rights of the LGBT community.

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For example, Republican Vice Presidential Nominee Indiana Governor Mike Pence was responsible for the most anti-LGBT bill in recent history and only retracted it after intense backlash from Indiana companies on DiversityInc’s Top 50 Companies for Diversity list, including Cummins (No. 19) and Eli Lily and Company (No. 26).

In September, when President Obama announced his nomination of Eric Fanning for Secretary of the Army, making him the first openly gay person to serve in the Army’s highest civilian role, conservative Mike Huckabee scoffed.

The former Republican presidential candidate said, “It’s clear President Obama is more interested in appeasing America’s homosexuals than honoring America’s heroes.”

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11 comments


  • Poor Milo. Apparently, no one ever explained to him that Freedom of Speech is freedom from government interference with ones opinions, not a guaranteed right to force private forums to publish them, no matter how repugnant.

  • I have no words to describe the utter despair I feel right now. Everywhere you turn there is hatred and those who feel justified in spewing their ugliness. What makes me shake my head is the fact that this man is a member of a group that has been marginalized and yet would for no reason other than sure cruelty lash out at a member of another marginalized group. I think we all need to follow and start teaching and enforcing in our youth the old adage-If you don’t have anything nice to say, than don’t say it at all. It may not solve our problems, but it is a starting point.

  • The hatred and evilness is going to doom the entire world. How can people be so cruel? My heart breaks and I have tears in my eyes reading her responses to those tweets. She doesn’t deserve that. She’s brilliant at what she does. People are disgusting and pathetic!!! And for this “Zero” to be gay knowing that they are targeted for hate? What a punk!!

    • Charity Dell

      The Green-Eyed Monsters of Jealousy and Envy are the parasitic intertwined roots of
      the “Let’s Bash Leslie Jones” disease. That’s because Miserable Mediocrity always fears talent!

  • How does anyone wake up everyday with hatred on the mind and in their hearts? Life has to be horrible for you, I can’t imagine the energy it would take to sustain that type of ugliness. Also to think he has 300k followers, is even more disturbing!

  • This is, unfortunately, history repeating itself. The pilgrims that came to these shores to escape religious oppression from the monarchy of “merry old England” created a country that was supposed to be found on the bedrock principle of freedom. The danger that every oppressed group needs to guard against is, once they are free, turning around and becoming the oppressor of others themselves. The LGBT community believes that their oppression somehow gives them the right to interfere with or demonize the freedom of others. Especially those that do not agree with them. I can love and respect your rights and have a different opinion of my own. Civilized people have been doing it for centuries. They, in essence, have become the very thing they started fighting. It’s a very slippery slope and as an African American myself I know that if I do not truly embrace freedom for “everyone” I am by default denying freedom to others different than myself. God help us all!

    • Hard to imagine someone coming to Milo’s defense after seeing what filth his 300,000 followers posted in support of his hate.

      Gay bashing has its repercussions. But other than bullying, how does a gay person, living their life, interfere with your rights?

      If you don’t want to marry someone of your own gender….don’t!

      Your church, synagogue, temple, etc., will never be forced to marry a same-gender couple. That’s guaranteed in the First Amendment.

      Religionists need to understand that other people doing what they do doesn’t impinge on them and knock off the anti-American bullying. It’s American Taliban behavior.

    • Making a statement about the entire LGBT community based on the actions of one self-hating homophobe is irresponsible at the very least. This loser in NO WAY represents my life. I live with my wife, sing in a choir, work hard at my job of 30 years, pay my taxes, and vote. Just like every other responsible person in this country. I do not need to oppress anyone to live my life to the fullest.

  • The racist diatribe Milo regurgitated against this black actress is not isolated in the gay community. As a heterosexual African American woman, it’s the reason I hated working in San Francisco, a city filled with racist white Milos. They come out of the closet about their sexual orientation, but not about their white racist supremacist ideology. That’s the reason many blacks don’t support the gay rights movement– rainbow-colored sheet and hood is as ugly as a white KKK one.
    . These racist gays are given license to bash blacks and Christians with racist nuclear missiles, but we can’t respond with the same vitriol thanks to our married bisexual president and first lady who supports gay rights over black folks Civil/Human rights. These vicious, racist gays and lesbians have been designated preferential “sweetheart” status in hiring, while blacks languish in unemployment lines. Thanks again to our half-white/half-gay president, O’Bama.

    • David Andersen

      ZaziJams….please….just go away. Every time you talk (which is way too much), all you spew out is hatred and ignorance. Sheri T, I agree with what you say. I am all for everyone having there own opinion, and I really don’t care if someone is a Christian or Atheist. I work for a very diverse company, and thrive in an atmosphere of different opinions. The key is trying to see the commonalities we all share, and not allowing divisive haters the power to put wedges between us. Every one deserves basic human rights, and once we all accept that we will be in a much better place. It doesn’t make someone “bisexual” because they support gay rights, just as it doesn’t make me Mexican when I stand up for Latino rights. ZaziJams and Milo are in the same boat as far as I’m concerned. They both need to start taking a close look at their message. Hate gets us no where.

  • I’m so tired of people using freedom of speech and political correctness as excuses to be mean, cruel, and hateful to others. Isn’t another part of our freedoms to pursue life, liberty, and happiness? How is that possible when people are exercising their “freedom of speech” and being cruel for no reason? What we have is a nation of angry hypocrites who want to hate on people who are not like them.

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