Former Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos criticized pop singer Ariana Grande for being pro-Islam, only a day after the terror attack at Manchester Arena during the performer’s concert. Bad taste? Perhaps.
In a series of Facebook posts, Milo wrote: “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 also added: “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 pop superstar said she was “broken” from the attack on her concert and told her everyone that “From the bottom of my heart, I am so sorry.” Yiannopolous seems to be directing his post to the message of Grande when he wrote: “When will Ariana Grade stop feeling sorry for herself and condemn Islamic terror?”
Yiannopolous received criticisms for his posts with Funanya Okeke claiming that Yiannopolous and his supporters were “selfishly using terror attacks as propaganda for their own negative political cause.” Another commenter Gary Buckham said: “Take a chill pill and post about the lives lost as opposed to assigning blame to the poor girl.”
Is Yiannopolous simply being way off line, insensitive, exploitative of the tragedy or he has basis for his accusations against Grande? A Duran article does not seem to think so as it also posted an article, not connected to Yiannopolous, asking that if ISIS was trying to make a sick, cryptic political statement about Grande’s widely known views. The article states that most premeditated crimes have a motive, and terrorism is no different. It suggests that perhaps the blast in Grande’s concert was no random attack by the terror group, but specifically chosen because of Grande’s views.
Grande has had her brush with political controversies. Her views against conservative politicians are widely known. The young singer has also spoken in favor of allowing entry for Muslim refugees into the U.S. and opposed Trump’s position on the issue. She was also infamously remembered for once shouting: “I hate Americans! I hate America!” before committing a grotesque act of vandalism. And then there was that disturbing moment when she once revealed that she’s afraid she’ll grow up to be a “ serial killer.”
The Duran also pointed to the possible similarity with the 2015 Paris’s Bataclan concert hall attack, where the band “The Eagles of Death Metal” was performing. The band was also known for their eccentric right-wing views.
The article leaves the question which the mainstream media is ignoring: was Ariana Grande- or her concert- targeted for attack because of her politics?