Milo Yiannopoulos has financial woes (Photo: @milo.yiannopoulos | Instagram)
Alt-right writer Milo Yiannopolous has denied news reports from earlier in the week that he is $2million in debt.
Yiannopolous, who is gay, says it’s closer to $4million. He also revealed that fundraising site Patreon barred him for his political views.
In a lengthy Instagram posting, Yiannopolous – wearing a T-shirt saying ‘Broke Hoe’ – addresses press claims around his finances.
‘I was shocked to read more lies in the press today. They say I owe $2m. I don’t! It’s at least $4m. Do you know how successful you have to be to owe that kind of money?
‘You may think this is no laughing matter, but after all the lies told about me, I can only grin at the madness of some of the claims. I pawned my wedding ring? Please. Cartier bands cost a grand. I’ve got Louboutins that ran four times that.
‘For those wondering, it’s true. I am pretty broke, relatively speaking. Two years of being no-platformed, banned, blacklisted and censored because I’m the most effective, talented cultural warrior of my generation has taken its toll. But it was worth it. I was instrumental in getting Trump elected and I wrote a New York Times selling [sic] book.’
‘Accused of being a white supremacist—despite having a black husband’
He then goes on attack some of the claims made against him. In a 2016 podcast he made comments about benefitting from a sexual relationship with a priest when he was at school. In the ensuing backlash, he went on to backtrack and condemn all forms of child abuse.
‘I’ve been accused of being a pedophile “supporter”—whatever that means—despite being a victim of clerical sexual abuse.
‘I’ve been accused of being a white supremacist—despite having a black husband. Do you think I give a damn about people saying I’m broke? I have love in my life, and I have God. And I am far too talented and determined to be out of play for long.’
Yiannopoulos married a man in Hawaii in 2017. However, he has never revealed his identity and his face is always obscured in photos. His Instagram posting again features him alongside an unidentified man with a covered face.
Yiannopolous goes on to blame much of his financial woes on a former tour operator with whom he had a falling out.
‘We don’t allow association with or supporting hate groups on Patreon’
In a separate Instagram posting, he shares an email he received from crowdfunding support site Patreon. Yiannopolous created a Patreon page to help fund what he called his 2019 comeback.
‘I want to get back on my feet and come roaring back in 2019 with the fabulous comedy and insightful, serious commentary that made me famous in the first place. And I know just how to do it. Proceeds from this Patreon will go towards creating a new weekly late-night TV talk show.’
However, the email he shared says Patreon closed the page for contravening its community standards. In particular, it says, ‘Your past association with Proud Boys, though recently disavowed, is a breach of our guidelines.’
Southern Poverty Law Center describes the right-wing extremist organization Proud Boys as a ‘hate group‘.
In a Twitter posting, Patreon confirmed that it had deleted Yiannopolous’ page.
Hi there, thanks for the tweet. Milo Yiannopoulos was removed from Patreon as we don’t allow association with or supporting hate groups on Patreon. For more info, please see our Community Guidelines. https://t.co/L7737I1ENi
— Patreon (@Patreon) December 5, 2018
In response to a tweet from a Twitter user asking them to ban Milo, it said: ‘Hi there, thanks for the tweet. Milo Yiannopoulos was removed from Patreon as we don’t allow association with or supporting hate groups on Patreon. For more info, please see our Community Guidelines.’
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