Milo Yiannopoulos, an ultra-conservatitve media personalilty from the UK who was a leading figure during the 2016 US elections, prompted extreme outrage throughout social media after criticizing singer Ariana Grande by saying she is “pro-Islam” the day after the bombing of her Manchester concert.
The former editor of Breitbart, who is also a well-known figure in the United States’ alt-right movement, launched a scathing attack on the singer in a collection of Facebook posts following the death of 22 people after a suicide bomber struck the Mancheter Arena on Monday night.
“Sadly, Ariana Grande is too stupid to wise up and warn her European fans about the real threats to their freedom and their lives,” Yiannopoulos, 32, wrote.
“She will remain ferociously pro-immigrant, pro-Islam and anti-America. Makes you wonder whether they bombed to attack her or in solidarity.”
The American singer said he feels “broken” after the tragic terror incident on her performance, and added: “From the bottom of my heart, I am so so sorry.”
Yiannopoulos then asked: “When will Ariana Grande stop feeling sorry for herself and condemn Islamic terror?”
Funanya Okeke stated that Yiannopoulos along with his supporters have been “selfishly using terror attacks as propaganda for their own negative political cause”.
“She’s an entertainer and she entertains children,” said Gary Buckman. “Take a chill pill and post about the lives lost as opposed to assigning blame to the poor girl.”
Chris Williams posted: “Innocent people died, many others were wounded. But it’s far more important that we attack a 20-year-old’s ideology so we can justify our own.”
Grande’s Past With Alt-Right
Grande originally was a target for the alt-right’s anger online after she was recorded on camera in July of 2015 saying “I hate America” and “I hate Americans” as she licked doughnuts inside a bakery.
Grande insisted at the time that her remarks were taken completely out of context, and she happens to be “extremely proud to be an American”.
She said that she meant to portray that she was “upset by how freely we as Americans eat and consume things without giving any thought to the consequences that it has on our health and society as a whole.”