Nominally liberal comedian Bill Maher finally followed through on his irresistible urge to discuss the beauty of laughter with far-right troll Milo Yiannopoulos on his HBO show “Real Time” this Friday. It went just as poorly as people familiar with the work of Maher and Yiannopoulos expected it to.
On Wednesday, journalist Jeremy Scahill of The Intercept announced on Twitter his decision to decline Maher’s invitation to appear on the same episode of his show as Yiannopoulos, arguing that the gay Breitbart writer, “has ample venues to spew his hateful diatribes. There is no value in ‘debating’ him.” Yiannopolous has been profiled widely, from Out Magazine to Bloomberg, and loves publicity of all kinds. Recently, he’s brought his intolerant screed to several universities, then acted insulted when he’s inevitably met with protests (he markets himself as a champion of free speech, but is most enamored with his own voice).