Conservative political commentator, author and ‘cultural icon’ Milo Yiannopoulos has spoken out at the noticeable absence of prominent left-wing journalists Clementine Ford, Waleed Aly or Karl Stefanovic upon his arrival in Sydney on Wednesday morning.
The 33-year-old former Breitbart editor will also visit Australia’s Parliament House in Canberra on an invitation from Liberal Democratic Party Senator David Leyonhjelm despite objections from The Greens.
Speaking to the media, Yiannopoulos described Channel Ten’s Jessica Rowe as a “bald… feminist… that hates [her] life” and labelled former Prime Minister Julia Gillard as a “prick” while praising another former Prime Minister Tony Abbott for their common enemies.
Yiannopoulos’ Troll Academy tour promoter, Penthouse Magazine’s Damien Costas announced that the first Sydney event had been rescheduled for next week citing security concerns and acknowledging the inevitability of protests.
“Contractual issues,” said Yiannopoulos, was the only reason behind the postponement reiterating that the original venue owners had no issues with his political beliefs.
Asked about Australia’s current same-sex marriage debate, the recently gay-married man expressed his concerns with changing the definition of marriage noting the country’s lack of protections for “free religious expression”.
While ridiculing claims made by Greens Senator Richard Di Natale that Yiannopoulos is a ‘white supremacist’, the political commentator pointed out that his husband is African-American and remarked that the Sydney Opera House was “ugly” when asked his thoughts on Australia.
Over 10,000 tickets have been sold for the controversial speaker’s tour despite an earlier petition of 1,200 signatures calling on the Australian Government to deny Yiannopoulos a visa being countered by a supporter’s petition attracting over 12,000 signatures.
The Troll Academy tour now beginning in Melbourne on Monday will feature a mixture of “stand up… and a college lecture” continues on the theme of Yiannopoulos’ best selling book ‘Dangerous’ which critiques political correctness and the excesses of social justice activism.
Milo Yiannopoulos Press Conference — Sydney 29 November 2017. Courtesy: Avi Yemini
This article has also been published at The Typewriter on 29 November 2017.
Roydon Ng is a freelance journalist, blogger and web designer based from Sydney, Australia.