Chadwick Moore, a 33-year-old journalist who lives in Williamsburg, New York had been a lifelong liberal, but then last September, he penned a profile for Out magazine of Milo Yiannopoulos, a controversial and outspoken critic of feminism, Muslims and gay rights, despite being openly gay himself.
Although the Out story didn’t take a positive stance, or any stance, on Yiannopoulos, Moore found himself detested by fellow Democrats and by longtime friends.
Here, he tells Michael Kaplan his story, including why the backlash drove him to the right.
When Out magazine assigned me an interview with the Breitbart.com rabble-rouser Milo Yiannopoulos, 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 has been repeatedly kicked off Twitter for, among other things, reportedly inciting racist, sexist bullying of “Ghostbusters” actress Leslie Jones. Before interviewing Yiannopoulos, I thought he was a nasty attention-wh*re, but I wanted to do a neutral piece on him that simply put the facts out there.
After the story posted online in the early hours of September 21, 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.
Making fun of the less fortunate, and those who are maybe less sophisticated, and less fashionable. Nice way to win hearts. Mean-spirited. https://t.co/dqI9vr9b0s
— Chadwick Moore (@Chadwick_Moore) February 12, 2017
Most disconcertingly, it wasn’t just strangers voicing radical discontent. 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.
Throughout the day on Sunday, while several posted on Moore’s Facebook Page in support of his change, others, mainly liberals, in which hypocrisy reigns, went after Moore.
A gay liberal stated, “The new face of qu*er white supremacy, whimpering that his vapid profile wasn’t fawned over.” The same gay liberal went to further state, “Have fun whimpering your way to the cross-burning. Bye, bigot.”
Another gay liberal responded and said, “You pathetic, self-loathing person, voting for people who are destroying our LGBT rights. And to welcome a relationship with that gateful[sic], vile Anne Coulter, you 2 deserve each other. Be sure to show your Conservative card when all of your rights are being repealed by the GOP and the racist, bigoted, homophobic, transphobic, crooked, unethical, unconstitutional Trump clown car administration, see how far it gets you. Such a fool.”
The hatred by the left is so vile that anyone, gay or not, who comes out as a Conservative are now branded as traitors, bigots, and racists… but there you go, so much for the Clinton campaign mantra, “Love, Not Hate” that has been shouted relentlessly by the liberal socialist groups.
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