Sticks and stones can break my bones (and UC Berkeley’s windows), but words can never hurt me. I grew up having a lot to say, never holding back. I had a fun time with my friend Freedom of Speech. I would hate to have him move far, far away into a place no one knows and where we will never hear from him again. Thankfully, God has blessed us with Milo Yiannopoulos, our freedom fighter.
‘Traditional’ can be operationally defined in today’s world, but Milo gets it right (pun intended). He speaks the things I believe in and does not try to modernize or popularize them, unlike so many other people who do not want to risk their personal image, job, or reputation. The opinions I had growing up that I was told were wrong manifested in his lectures and I found an icon of what I wanted to be, bold and unafraid.
Of course, as sincere conservatives, we can all attest to at least a few (to underestimate) incidents of liberal bias on campus, in our social circles, and in our communities. However, we are soldiers of our movement. I have lost quite a few friends for the mere reason of being outspoken about this very subject. While that is sometimes a struggle that surfaces, I find comfort in a response by Milo when asked how to pursue political discourse without losing those you love:
“It will be a very painful process, but you owe it to yourself to do it because without doing it, you’re not going to know who your real friends are.”
On March 25, I went to New York City for a protest against Linda Sarsour speaking at the City University of New York graduation. It was hosted by whom other than Milo. I have idolized figures in the past, because either their music was great or their materialism seemed desirable, but my appreciation for Milo is the deepest admiration I have experienced. This was my first time at a protest, but attendance was so imperative to me. I arrived early, got front row and wound up standing next to a campus reform contributor, whom with I discussed the best talking point of the day: the cruel irony between feminist appreciations for Islam amidst human rights violations of Sharia Law. While being a minority of our own on campuses as conservatives, being gathered with fellow patriots for events such as these is well-needed refreshment.
Milo’s strong personality and sense of humor to soothe tough topics of discussion enlivens me. I am looking forward to his next campus tour this fall, Troll Academy, and for the release of his book, Dangerous on July 4th.