Right-wing provocateur and “free speech advocate” Milo Yiannopoulos‘s ability to travel freely throughout the world just became a little more restricted after Australia banned him from entering the country, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.
Yiannopoulos was reportedly told this week that his visa application was rejected on “character grounds.”
A letter sent to Yiannopoulos by immigration officials stated that the country has the right to block people from entry if there’s reason to believe that person might “incite discord in the Australian community or in a segment of that community.”
The news is the latest in a series of setbacks for Yiannopoulos, who’s repeatedly come under fire for rhetoric that seemingly endorsed racism and even pedophilia.
In 2o17, he resigned from his position as an editor at Breitbart News after a senior editor allegedly said that “at least a half-dozen” employees at the right-wing site threatened to resign if Yiannopoulos was not fired. The backlash was due to comments Yiannopoulos made that suggested men having sexual relationships with underage boys was beneficial.
— The Reagan Battalion (@ReaganBattalion) February 20, 2017
The following year, Paypal banned Yiannopoulos after he sent $14.88 to a Jewish journalist — an apparent symbolic gesture that referenced the “Fourteen Words” slogan used by white supremacists.
The ’88’ figure is an apparent reference to “Heil Hitler.”
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