Once again, Milo Yiannopoulos has ruffled some feathers. On Wednesday, the far-right firebrand took to Facebook — a social media site from which he hasn’t been banned — to comment on the Manchester terror attack.
In two separate posts, Yiannopoulos called out singer Ariana Grande for failing to take what he perceived to be the appropriate action to condemn terrorism following the incident.
He wrote, “Little girls are being killed thanks to a murderous ideology. Why won’t Ariana Grande condemn it? It’s a supreme act of cowardice. She has a unique chance: this is the first opportunity to strike a blow against Islamic terror *in culture*. She could be a cultural icon for generations. She owes it to her dead fans. So why won’t she act?”
Yiannopoulos then called the singer “pro-Islam” and “anti-America” and deemed her “too stupid to wise up and warn her European fans about the real threats to their freedom and their lives.”
Many were quick to take to social media to condemn Yiannopoulos’s words. As Mic reported, Facebook user Jason Healy responded with “That’s low Milo, even for you. The depths you will go to for a bit of publicity. On the backs of children. You sir are a disgrace.”
Others took to Twitter to express their outrage:
@HanFreakinSolo I hate Milo Yiannopoulos but we can't live in a world where we support violence. There'll be a counter protest I suspect. Support that.
— Tom Johnston (@tomjonty) May 24, 2017
Islamophobe Milo Yiannopoulos may be protesting Linda Sarsour's CUNY commencement speech tomorrow. Go and counter-protest Neo-Nazis in NYC: pic.twitter.com/yEQgR3S13I
— LEFT✍???? (@LeftSentThis) May 24, 2017
Although Grande has not yet made a public statement, she did express her shock and sadness over the event via Twitter.
from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don't have words.
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) May 23, 2017