Milo Yiannopoulos talks about internet trolling in an interview with ABC's Terry Moran for a segment on Nightline that was broadcasted this week. The two had a verbal brawl over the importance of internet trolling and the impact it has. Yiannopoulos, a Trump supporter, is currently on his "Dangerous Faggot Tour" visiting college campuses and addressing students.
Yiannopoulos explained the necessity for internet trolling and told Moran he sees himself as a virtous troll who is doing "God's work." ABC's Moran drilled Yiannopoulos, calling him a 13-year-old and used the interview to interrogate him on anonymous trolls who follow Yiannopoulos and pile on his targets. The latest example being actress and comedienne Leslie Jones who starred in the controversial all-female remake of Ghostbusters this summer.
"Trolling is very important," Yiannopoulos said to Moran. "I like to think of myself as a virtuous troll, you know? I'm doing God's work."
"This idea that celebrities are these fragile wallflowers. Give me a break. That the stars of Hollywood blockbusters are sitting at home crying into their iPhones," he added.
Moran called Yiannopoulos an "idiot" for his actions.
"If Leslie Jones were here would you say, 'You look like a dude?'" Moran asked.
"Yeah, probably," Yiannopoulos answered.
"You would say that to her," Moran said.
"I probably would," Yiannopoulos responded.
"Then you're an idiot," the ABC host told Yiannopoulos.
"I think America's had enough of nice manners," Yiannopoulos said. "If my rudeness provokes conversation, if my rudeness provokes people into, first of all, into saying 'Oh! What a monster!' and blah blah blah and then 20% of the people talk about what I was actually saying, I will consider my career to be a terrific success."
The two also discussed 'body shaming.'
"You're going to go after somebody's body to denigrate their ideas? What grade are you in? Are you a 13-year-old boy? Because somebody doesn't have a weight that you think is proper? That is revolting," a disturbed Moran said.
"I'll tell you what is revolting. What's revolting is the body positivity movement. What's revolting is this idea now that you can tell women that they'll be healthy at any size," Yiannopoulos responded.
Yiannopoulos said he is not responsible for the trolls that follow him but only for himself.
"Does Justin Bieber have an obligation to his fans? I'm sorry for being popular. But I am not responsible for what 350,000 people on the internet say. I'm responsible for what I say," he told Moran.