Milo Yiannopoulos calls Ariana Grande ‘pro-Islam and anti-America’ after suicide bomber kills 22
Far-right blogger Milo Yiannopoulos has come under fire after he called Ariana Grande “pro-Islam and anti-America” after a suicide bomber killed 22 at her concert in Manchester.
The popstar suspended her Dangerous Woman World Tour after a terrorist suicide bombing at the end of her show at the Manchester Arena on Monday night.
22 people died in the bombing and another 59 were seriously injured.
Writing on Facebook, Yiannopoulos said Grande was “being too stupid to wise up and warn her European fans about the real threats to their freedom and their lives.”
“She will remain ferociously pro-immigrant, pro-Islam and anti-America. Makes you wonder whether they bombed to attack her or in solidarity,” he continued.
He later added: “Little girls are being killed thanks to a murderous ideology. Why won’t Ariana Grande condemn it? It’s a supreme act of cowardice. She has a unique chance: this is the first opportunity to strike a blow against Islamic terror *in culture*. She could be a cultural icon for generations. She owes it to her dead fans. So why won’t she act?”
And: “When will Ariana Grande stop feeling sorry for herself and condemn Islamic terror?”
The far-right figure and internet troll is already deeply controversial, previously claiming he would ‘cure’ himself of being gay if he could, describing trans people as “mentally ill gay men dressing up for attention”, and using a university lecture to single out and bully a transgender student on-stage.
In the original clip Yiannopoulos is heard bragging about his sexual activity under the age of consent, defending a priest who he had sex with.
When others present protest that his comments “sound like child molestation”, Yiannopoulos insisted: “I’m grateful for Father Michael, I wouldn’t give such good head if it wasn’t for him.”
Former British National Party leader Nick Griffin branded Ariana Grande a “faghag”, days after a terror attack at her show in Manchester.
Grande has a large LGBT fanbase. Among those confirmed to have died is 29-year-old public relations professional Martyn Hett, whose death has prompted an outpouring of grief on social media and among his friends in the gay community.
Tributes to the singer and her fans have poured in from around the world, with messages from fellow popstars like Taylor Swift, local musicians including Liam Gallagher and The Charlatans, and world leaders.
Ariana’s manager Scooter Braun said: “Tonight our hearts are broken. Words cannot express our sorrow for the victims and families harmed in this senseless attack.
“We mourn the lives of children and loved ones taken by this cowardly act. We are thankful for the selfless service tonight of Manchester’s first responders who rushed towards danger to help save lives.
“We ask all of you to hold the victims, their families, and all those affected in your hearts and prayers.”
Emergency numbers have been established for anyone who is concerned for loved ones who may not have returned home: 0161 856 9400 or 0161 856 9900.