The 16-year-old high school student in Canada who decided to research Milo Yiannopoulos in an effort to destroy him turned out better than she ever dreamed.
The teen was moved to dig up footage on Yiannopoulos when she heard that he’d been invited to speak at a gathering of conservatives each year in America, the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).
“I see Milo as this embodiment of the awfulness you see over the past few years with the general tilt of millennial conservatism,” said the teen. “It’s diverged from this traditional conservatism so much. You’ve seen it essentially become full of awfulness and all about attacking the left and not about actual principles. It has nothing to do with conservative ideology so much as it has with opposing the leftists, SJWs, and so on and so forth.”
I am keeping the teen’s name and social media accounts out of the story because of her and her parents’ request to protect her safety, and will only refer to her as “Julia.” said Vox.
Julia closely follows political news from her home in Canada, with a deep interest in American politics.
Then an old moment popped in her head. She remembered hearing an obscure podcast, the Drunken Peasants, in which Yiannopoulos, responding to a video by YouTube pundit Kevin Logan, defended the idea of “13-year-olds” having sex with “older men,” arguing that child molestation provided a “sort of ‘coming of age’ relationship” for teenagers.
Although similar statements have been made by George Takei, well-known gay rights activist and Democratic warrior, “Julia” knew the mainstream media would love her story.
She didn’t think she’d have much luck spreading the news herself with her small Twitter following, so she worked with a small outlet disguised as conservative to get the video out. She figured a traditional liberal outlet would have less credibility among CPAC followers.
She landed on the previously not-very-well-known blog Reagan Battalion, which, after a bit of back and forth, tweeted out the video — leading not just to CPAC canceling Yiannopoulos’s speech, but to Simon & Schuster pulling his already controversial book deal and his resignation from Breitbart.
— The Reagan Battalion (@ReaganBattalion) February 20, 2017
The teen’s mom couldn’t have been more proud of her kid, initially contacting Vox because she said her daughter’s story deserves more attention.