Gay New Yorker Chadwick Moore attacked over Milo Yiannopoulos coverage, ‘pilloried and ostracized’
A journalist for Out Magazine has gone public over the response to his neutral bio on Milo Yiannopoulos, a controversial conservative speaker and author, who sparked outrage when objecting to leftist agenda items, gay rights initiatives, criticizing feminism and Islamic terrorists.
Chadwick Moore, 33, published an op-ed with the New York Post discussing the backlash and outrage over his article.
“I knew it would be controversial. In the gay and liberal communities in particular, he is a provocative and loathed figure, and I knew featuring him in such a liberal publication would get negative attention.”
He didn’t expect the response he received: “I woke up to more than 100 Twitter notifications on my iPhone. Trolls were calling me a Nazi, death threats rolled in and a joke photo that I posed for in a burka served as ‘proof’ that I am an Islamophobe.”
“Most disconcertingly, it wasn’t just strangers voicing radical discontent,” Moore writes. “Personal friends of mine — men in their 60s who had been my longtime mentors — were coming at me. They wrote on Facebook that the story was ‘irresponsible’ and ‘dangerous.’ A dozen or so people unfriended me. A petition was circulated online, condemning the magazine and my article. All I had done was write a balanced story on an outspoken Trump supporter for a liberal, gay magazine, and now I was being attacked. I felt alienated and frightened.”
Moore details his social media, being treated as a pariah with one of his closest friends calling him a “monster”: “asking where my heart and soul went, and saying that all our other friends are laughing at me.”
The conclusions from this gay writer in New York: “I began to realize that maybe my opinions just didn’t fit in with the liberal status quo, which seems to mean that you must absolutely hate Trump, his supporters and everything they believe. If you dare not to protest or boycott Trump, you are a traitor.”
“If you dare to question liberal stances or make an effort toward understanding why conservatives think the way they do, you are a traitor.”
“It can seem like liberals are actually against free speech if it fails to conform with the way they think. And I don’t want to be a part of that club anymore.”
The left has separated from liberals, those like Moore who voted for Hillary Clinton, and now find themselves “closer to the right than where the left is today” or like Moore, can even “come around on Republican pundit Ann Coulter, who I now think is smart and funny and not a totally hateful, self-righteous bigot..”
Check out the full confession HERE
Moore’s piece on Milo HERE