GoFundMe Spreads Hate by Funding College Tour of Neo-Nazi Milo Yiannopoulos
We know. We know. You’re sick of reading about Milo Yiannopoulos. Believe us, we’re sick of writing about him. Especially with the recent news that he was just named LGBTQ Nation’s Person of the Year by the site’s readers. Well, not so much by the blog’s readers, as Yiannopoulos really won by the votes of the fanatical and trolling fans he amassed this past election cycle.
So while we are disgusted and repulsed that this neo-Nazi’s means to get famous are actually working, we can’t let this new piece of information go unshared.
It looks like Yiannopoulos’ college tour is being funded by everyone’s favorite crowd-sourcing site, GoFundMe, an act which technically violating their terms of service.
The Stranger broke the news. Sydney Brownstone wrote, “As of January 4, GoFundMe users have crowdfunded, or are in the process of crowdfunding, nine of Yiannopoulos’s college speaking events from Minnesota to Washington State.”
According to GoFundMe’s terms of service, you can’t use the crowdfunding platform for “the promotion of hate, violence, harassment, discrimination, terrorism, or intolerance of any kind relating to race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, sex, gender or gender identity, or serious disabilities or diseases.”
And yet various groups have raised somewhere in the neighborhood of $14,000 to bring Yiannopoulos to their campus. (At one recent event, he projected a student’s face on screen and invited attendees to mock her.) Republicans at the University of Washington, who previously used the crowdfunding site to raise money for a model anti-immigrant wall, are close to rounding up $7,000 for Milo’s visit.
It’s pretty disgusting that the site is being used for this purpose. Like Yiannopoulos needs any money at all with the advance of $250,000 that Simon & Schuster just shelled out for his book. We really hope GoFundMe shuts this down as soon as possible, and that the site proves it made no money from these efforts.
GoFundMe, Your Favorite Crowdfunding Site, Funds Neo-Nazi Milo Yiannopoulos