After landing a weekly column at the convervative website The Daily Caller, Milo Yiannopoulos has been fired after writing one article.
"Sad news: The Daily Caller has caved to pressure and cancelled my weekly column after a day, claiming, falsely, they never planned to run weekly contributions from me," Yiannopoulos wrote on Facebook this Saturday. He described his reaction to the news as "disappointed, to put it mildly."
The commentary that cost Yiannopoulos his column was about the sexual abuse allegations surrounding actor Kevin Spacey. His commentary, title, "A Round of Applause for Kevin Spacey" touched upon identity politics and argued that "Gay people should be held to the same standards as everyone else." Yiannopoulos wrote, "I’m as disgusted as you are by Kevin Spacey’s transparent attempt to cloak himself in gay privilege as a way of distracting us from allegations he tried to fuck a child."
Inviting Yiannopoulos — previously pushed out of an editorial position at Breitbart for seemingly advocating pedophilia — to be a writer on the site caused immediate controversy. Daily Caller employees told CNN they felt "blindsided and unhappy" with the news that Yiannopoulos had struck a deal to write for the site. In the aftermath, Neil Patel, the cofounder and publisher of the site, has released a statement that Yiannopoulos "does not have a regular column with us."
Yiannopoulos was approached to write for The Daily Caller by opinion editor Rob Mariani, reports CNN Money. The bestselling author was set to editorialize for the site on a weekly basis for free. Mariani has since been fired by the site's editor in chief, Geoffrey Ingersoll, for "failure to properly convey" news of the deal to him and the site's CEO.
Mariani claims a top editor suggested for him to publish Yiannopoulos's Kevin Spacey column, and the idea was "met with enthusiasm" by Ingersoll. He told CNN he was shocked to have been fired; the site had published Yiannopoulos's commentaries before.