As the press has sung to the masses – right-wing icon Milo Yiannopoulos was banned from the crowdfunding site, Patreon, in less than 24 hours after opening one. The site has become the go-to platform for funding for YouTubers (and other public figures) who produce non-advertiser friendly content. Patreon has allowed quite a few controversial figures to make a living – or least supplement their income enough to continue producing content.
Milo Yiannopoulos was the brightest superstar who spearheaded the pushback against the radical left right into the mainstream media. (Hillary Clinton, herself, read out some of his headlines)
Recently, Milo opened a Patreon to help fund his return to the spotlight. However, he was immediately banned by the company. Milo would be sent this email as an explanation for his expulsion.
According to the email – the reason Milo’s account was canceled was due to his past association with a group called The Proud Boys. A probable reason why this association was particularly troublesome was that the organization had been labeled a hate group by several media outlets (and other left-wing organizations). Essentially, this meant that Milo’s name, in Patreon’s eyes, might have come with the same stigma as someone associated with the Ku Klux Klan.
However, The Hill reached out to contacts in the FBI and asked if The Proud Boys were officially labeled a hate group. They received this response:
“The Hill has reached out to the FBI for comment. The FBI tries to characterize potential threats from members of the Proud Boys but does not designate groups, Cannon explained.”
– The Hill
So if the reason Patreon deleted the page was that they believed The Proud Boys were an official hate group – was Milo denied a Patreon over a lie?
As The Proud Boys aren’t a hate group as a whole – is there hope Milo could start a Patreon in the future?