Olly Alexander, frontman for UK group Years & Years and a vocal LGBT+ rights activist, has publicly criticised the London Evening Standard newspaper for its coverage of Milo Yiannopoulos.
Previously, Yiannopoulos has been heavily criticised for being racist, Islamophobic, sexist and transphobic. He's called rape culture a "fantasy", referred to feminism as a "cancer" and said that the LGBT+ movement should exclude transgender people, saying:“It seems like any time you hear about about an LGBT person causing a scene, it’s a transsexual”.
Earlier this year, he was permanently banned from Twitter after encouraging his followers to tweet racist and sexist abuse at Ghostbusters actress Leslie Jones.
Cut to Friday evening, when the London Evening Standard published a feature on Yiannopoulos, which claimed to "separate the man from the myth" and tell us “everything you need to know about Donald Trump’s alt-right poster boy”.
Alexander took to Twitter, questioning why they "spoke to Milo's supporters and colleagues but not... any of the people has targeted and abused".
Included in the tweet was a photo highlighting a segment of the feature that, quite frankly, bordered on fangirling:
“Ultimately, Yiannopoulos resists definition, preferring to tease and provoke. And despite all this, in private, he seduces. “He’s well-connected, good at making introductions and can be incredibly charming and helpful,” offers another acquaintances. I once attended a birthday party of his, held at a bar in Old Street, where he arrived on a throne; Rivlin remembers he was “carried by four topless hunks”. “He’s like a combination of Eddie Monsoon from Ab Fab and Nigel Farage, with better hair,” he adds. A journalist who once worked in an office with him confirmed, “he always got the rounds in at the pub”.
Out magazine was also heavily criticised earlier this year for running a feature on Yiannopoulos.