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Milo skips speaking engagement, goes missing; returns a day later with no explanation

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Milo’s disappearance was a short-lived one

Milo Yiannopoulos has put his fans through the wringer in the past several days.

On Thursday, you see, the alleged journalist and GamerGate darling didn’t show up for a talk he was scheduled to give at the University of Houston — with no warning or explanation.

When news of this hit Twitter, his fans realized he hadn’t Tweeted anything for a day, highly unusual behavior for the logorrheic Milo. Friends — and his colleagues at Breitbart — reported that he wasn’t responding to messages or picking up his phone.

At this point, some of his fans went into full panic mode. “Where’s Milo” posts sprung up on KotakuInAction, the main GamerGate hub on Reddit, like mushrooms after a rainstorm. While some resorted to the mildly racist and homophobic jokes about big black you-know-whats that Milo and his fans so delight in, others wondered aloud if their dear leader had been captured or otherwise harmed by evil SJWs.

And then, suddenly, he was back, announcing on Twitter that, yes, he was still alive. “If I ever do get assassinated by feminists don’t worry I’ll let you know on Twitter,” he added in a second Tweet.

He offered no explanation, and no apology — not for leaving the organizers of his talk at the University of Houson in the lurch, or for the panic he’d caused amongst his followers.

By Saturday, he had returned to Tweeting normally, as if nothing had happened. He made AIDS jokes; he declared that Muslims should be expelled from the UK; he boasted that his videos on YouTube had gotten 5 million views. He let his 200.000 followers — or at least that portion of them that are real — know about the pledge of one Trump fan who promised to get MAGA — short for “Make America Great Again” — tattooed on his anus if his Tweet was retweeted 500 times. (It was.)

And, without saying a word about what happened in Houston, Milo happily plugged the talk he will soon be giving in Washington DC — that is. if he shows up.

You know who did manage to offer an apology for Milo’s no-show? The College Republicans, who had to improvise when it became clear their speaker had gone missing.

In a post on Facebook, the organizers of the event wrote:

Hello all, we, as a board, would like to sincerely apologize for how the event tonight transpired. We’d also like to thank everyone to for coming out, and ultimately staying, even after it was evident Milo was not showing up. During the evening, we tried our hardest to get in contact with Milo, to no avail. We are all disappointed, and, we’d like you to know, the board shares in your disappointment after working for weeks to try and put on a successful event.

Many of you traveled a long distance to come see Milo speak, and we’d like to earnestly thank you and apologize to you at the same time.

They went on to thank several people who’d stepped up and held an impromptu political debate for those who had decided to stay.

Again, we’d like to thank all of you for coming out to the event, and we apologize for Milo not showing up. We truly hope you will see that we tried our hardest to create a fun evening for all, and will come join us again, soon.

The organizers followed this up with a second apologetic post — and an achingly sincere apology video from the main organizer.

This may be the first time in my life I’ve ever been even slightly impressed with the behavior of College Republicans.

So what happened to Milo? He apparently told the College Republicans — who passed it along on Facebook — that he’d “had a health problem, and was unable to make it.”

Somehow that “health problem” didn’t keep Milo from meeting with other fans.

https://twitter.com/AFitzpatrick_/status/721586163341877248

https://twitter.com/jk_bacon/status/721160814493831168

I’m assuming that Milo is alive in these photos and we don’t have some sort of Weekend at Bernie’s thing going on.

If Milo isn’t literally a corpse being propped up in front of the cameras, it seems a bit weird that his “health problem” didn’t get in the way of hitting the bars, but somehow made it impossible for him to type the words “I’m sorry” on Twitter.

But his fans seem to have forgiven him. I can only wonder what sort of epic sh*tstorm would have rained down on, say, Anita Sarkeesian if she’d missed a speaking engagement without explanation or apology.

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Joel
Joel
4 years ago

If Milo ever actually got assassinated, it’s be a gay hating alt-righter that did it. Not a SJW.
That said I’d be pretty impressed by that particular storify.

Friendly Neighborhood Dragon Arthur
Friendly Neighborhood Dragon Arthur
4 years ago

The fact that this guy couldn’t even treat his supporters with any kind of respect, or at least something that actually explains what went wrong, just shows you how uncaring many of these men in the manuresphere are. There’s so absorbed into this construct of hyper-masculinity, they forgot all about etiquette and the emotions of others.

Victorious Parasol
Victorious Parasol
4 years ago

Mental illness or bad manners? It’s hard to tell via text alone, or even in person, but courtesy doesn’t really seem to be a feature of MRA-thinking. They’re more likely to value discourtesy and arrogance over consideration for others. To paraphrase Amanda Cross, I can’t tell if they think bad manners is a feature of manliness, or if bad manners are a camouflage for unmanliness.

(To provide 2 quotes from the Amanda Cross novel Poetic Justice:

“My brothers have excellent manners, but they are basically the rudest men I have ever met.”

“I love talent, but do not care for privilege which takes itself for granted.”)

Saphira
Saphira
4 years ago

I hate that Milo looks like a blond version of a former classmate of mine because that former classmate was a very nice and funny person. It’s too bad his doppelganger is a complete douchecanoe.

Viscaria
Viscaria
4 years ago

@Saphira, I hear you. Nasty people shouldn’t look exactly like other, less nasty people.

This isn’t exactly the same but my abusive ex looks remarkably similar to a movie star from the 80s, which led to a panic attack on the couch watching an old movie one time.

Bina
4 years ago

“Where’s Milo”

I’m honestly surprised that I’m the first one here to momentarily picture him as Waldo, and go “ewwwww, NOPE”.

Brony, Social Justice Cenobite

This is a good reason why despite the awfulness that many experience, I am confident in the long run the social groups that Milo is associated with that we tend to be concerned about will fail. If you don’t give much of a shit about others, eventually even authoritarians will notice, and respond very harshly. As for groups that are too authoritarian, they often fall on one another when they realize just how shitty the treatment they are getting is, or fall on one another because of bad personal characteristics (See Trump fans sending death threats to Republicans because of the electoral system). Too much of that is very hard to deal with successfully.

Valentine
Valentine
4 years ago

Is he trying to look like sickboy from Trainspotting?

Imaginary Petal
Imaginary Petal
4 years ago

@Viscaria

Nasty people shouldn’t look exactly like other, less nasty people.

I have this problem with names. When I think about names for possible future kids, I feel like all the names have been ruined by terrible people.

The Furious Mouse
4 years ago

The fuck does this have to do with #GamerGate? What Milo does is his own business.