Comedian and activist Bill Maher is taking credit for the dramatic downfall of alt-right, edgy, provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos.
The timing seems to fit Maher’s narrative as the sudden turn of events immediately followed the Yiannopoulos’s appearance on Bill Maher’s HBO show ‘Real Time,’ where Maher took the unusual step of having the alt-right hero appear both in his opening one on one segment and with his panel.
During the weekend after the Friday night appearance, Yiannopoulos lost his invitation to give the keynote address at the Conservative Political Action Conference, and his book deal with Simon and Schuster. However, both CPAC and the publisher cited the resurfacing of a year old tape where Yiannopoulos makes comments about pedophilia. That was followed by the provocateur losing his Breitbart job effective immediately on Tuesday.
The 2016 tape, in which the former Breitbart editor appears to condone sexual relationships between men and boys as young as thirteen, was brought back into light by a conservative group called Reagan Battalion.
Maher has been widely criticized for inviting Yiannopoulos on to his show. In fact, journalist Jeremy Scahill, who was scheduled to appear on the same episode, withdrew from the appearance. Maher responded to the criticism by saying something that seems quite prophetic in the days following the show. He said that if Yiannopoulos is truly the monster that he is said to be, then “nothing could serve the liberal cause better than having him exposed.”
“What I think people saw was an emotionally needy Ann Coulter wannabe, trying to make a buck off of the left’s propensity for outrage,” Maher told the New York Times in an interview, adding “And by the end of the weekend, by dinnertime Monday, he’s dropped as a speaker at CPAC. Then he’s dropped by Breitbart, and his book deal falls through.”
“As I say, sunlight is the best disinfectant. You’re welcome,” the HBO host continued.
While Maher came under considerable fire for seemingly chummying up to the alt-right leader, one of his guests, comedian Larry Wilmore, had a very confrontational exchange with him which included dropping ‘the F bomb.’
Below is a clip of the opening one on one segment of the show: