Milo Yiannopoulos has no regrets about tormenting “Ghostbusters” star Leslie Jones. In fact, as he sees it, he’s merely following the wishes of the Almighty.
“Trolling is very important,” Yiannopoulos told ABC’s “Nightline” in an interview that aired Thursday. “I like to think of myself as a virtuous troll, you know? I’m doing God’s work.”
Not many would share Yiannopoulos’ self-assessment, including Twitter, which yanked the Brietbart editor’s account after he set his sights on “SNL” cast member Jones, encouraging his followers to send racist messages to her and trolling her himself.
Jones was hit with a barrage of racist tweets about the actress and her temporary departure from the social media platform in July.
“These people hate themselves,” Jones wrote before signing off (and eventually re-joining) Twitter. “You have to hate yourself to put out that type of hate. I mean on my worst day I can’t think of this type of hate to put out.”
Yiannopoulos was also unrepentant at the time, commenting on Jones’ tweets, “If at first you don’t succeed (because your work is terrible), play the victim. EVERYONE GETS HATE MAIL FFS.”
That sentiment was repeated in Yiannopoulos’ “Nightline” interview.
“This idea that celebrities are these fragile wallflowers. Give me a break,” he told “Nightline.” “That the stars of Hollywood blockbusters are sitting at home crying into their iPhones.”
While Jones eventually returned to Twitter, she was again attacked online last month, when her personal website was hacked, with nude photos of the actress, along with her passport and driver’s license information, being posted on the site.