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Super-troll Milo Yiannopoulos financed by Gofundme in direct violation of company’s terms of service

You might be tempted to think of Gofundme as the friendly happy face of helpful crowdfunding endeavors. Got an art project, a sick pet, or a charity fundraiser? Gofundme can help! But apparently Gofundme can also help spread hate and harassment on college campuses, according to Sydney Brownstone at The Stranger.

You might remember 13-year-old idiot Milo Yiannopoulos from his role in directing Twitter to attack Leslie Jones; or his speech at the University of Delaware where he said “Never feel bad for mocking a transgender person.”

Setting aside whether Milo ever feels bad or just claims to never feel bad, the fact remains that his campus tour is hurting people. And it’s being paid for, in part, by Gofundme donations.

According to Gofundme’s terms of service, you can’t use the crowdfunding platform for “the promotion of hate, violence, harassment, discrimination, terrorism, or intolerance of any kind relating to race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, sex, gender or gender identity, or serious disabilities or diseases.”

And yet various groups have raised somewhere in the neighborhood of $14,000 to bring Yiannopoulos to their campus. (At one recent event, he projected a student’s face on screen and invited attendees to mock her.) Republicans at the University of Washington, who previously used the crowdfunding site to raise money for a model anti-immigrant wall, are close to rounding up $7,000 for Milo’s visit.

The whole situation stinks — someone is running around the country assuring college students that it’s a sign of strength to be insensitive to the pain of others. Gofundme could certainly put a stop to it — if they wanted to. Then again, they’re probably enjoying their 5% cut of the fundraising.

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  • nitejonboy

    Well has anyone reported this ? I know I won’t be using them again, kickstarter for me from now on.

  • Charlie in Charge

    I really think we need to declare queerhad against him. Can we make that a thing?

  • Xzamilloh

    Who is his tour hurting? This dude is a troll in the purest form, meaning that like most trolls, they can only hurt you if you let them.

  • Bryguyf69

    @Xzamilloh: Well, how about people like Leslie Jones? After Twitter took away his account, these tours are a major way to circulate his ideas. And unlike Twitter, he gets paid for it. Like Trump, Milo’s harm come from his cultish legions of mindless followers. When he said to attack Jones, they did. And like Trump, he doesn’t accept culpability, claiming he has no control over his followers.

  • MikeColling83

    Something tells me if he was as ugly on the outside as he is on the inside, he would be a nobody.

  • dwes09

    @MikeColling83: “Something tells me if he was as ugly on the outside as he is on the inside, he would be a nobody”

    He IS as ugly on the outside as he is on the inside. If he ever got laid he wouldn’t be the bitter self-hating person he is. He looks like some soulless vampire twink, and i am sure he is wracked with guilt on those incredibly rare occasions when he gets to suck off some rough trade.

  • Danny279

    So, Ben Douglas is so upset that Milo is “insensitive to the pain of others” that he calls Milo a “13-year old idiot.”

    Ben, look up “hypocrite” in the dictionary. There’s a picture of you.

  • Mo Bro

    Being that “Ben” was known exclusively as “Benji” until yesterday, I suspect there are self-identity-crises warring within his head which scramble facts and feelings, hindering his ability to differentiate between hypocrisy and self-righteousness.

  • Kamuriie

    @Bryguyf69: Milo never “said to attack Jones.” Keep on blindly parroting nonsensical claims with absolutely no evidence like a deluded imbecile.

    And your assertion that people do indeed have control over hundreds of thousands of followers — who are *totally* unrelated to you, and separate, fully autonomous human beings — isn’t just specious, but blatantly, willfully obtuse. Impressive.

  • jdboston617

    @Xzamilloh: I believe I understand your sentiment, but Milo’s hate speech in fact hurts of society. And if you insist, he also hurts people who cannot properly defend themselves as well including children and persons with disabilities.

  • Xzamilloh

    @Bryguyf69: I have news for you… there will always be a platform for people like Milo. Always. And this regressive liberal need to censor anything that is hurtful or challenging is the kind of nonsense I would expect from conservative Christians, not free thinking individuals open to free expression. You counter people like Milo with intelligent ideas and opinions, not trying to shut them up, because it only demonstrates you don’t have a retort, so shut them down.

    @jdboston617: How does he hurt children and persons with disabilities? You have just made an assertion, now back it up. His “hate speech” hurts no one because I guaran-damn-tee you the majority of the population that do not even know who he is is walking around completely unaffected. You’re not going to silence hate speech by censorship… you are doing nothing but emboldening these people. It’s exactly how Trump went from being a joke to being the main frontrunner… after “Grabbing ’em by the p*ssy” he was still popular, because people got tired of outrage culture and stuck it to the man.

    Enough already.

  • Xzamilloh

    By the way, for the conservatives on here and those who did vote for Trump, what were you expecting? Something different? Because as it is, he has walked back almost every single promise he made while on the trail.

  • Chris

    I come from the school of thought that says that the only way to defeat Milo is to debate him; efforts to silence him simply play into his claim that freedom of speech no longer is valued in the US. …… Also remember that censorship is a powerful weapon that cuts both ways.

  • inbama

    Milo has “intelligent ideas?”
    Well, if you like your Archie Bunker with a lisp and limp wrist.

  • Xzamilloh

    @inbama: ” You counter people like Milo with intelligent ideas and opinions, not trying to shut them up, because it only demonstrates you don’t have a retort, so shut them down.”

    Where in that did I say Milo had intelligent ideas? His approach to the regressive left is hardly intelligent, but more common sense, but his trollish ways trump anything else. So try again, babe, because I made no such claim.

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