Gay Trump supporter to march through Swedish Muslim neighborhood: what could go wrong?!

Published June 28th, 2016 - 07:07 GMT
A rainbow flag at a gay pride parade in Stockholm, Sweden (AFP)
A rainbow flag at a gay pride parade in Stockholm, Sweden (AFP)

To many, Milo Yiannopoulos seems like a man of contradictions at first glance: British but concerned with US politics, gay but politically conservative, and of both Jewish and Christian origins. The technology editor for the right-wing US publication Breitbart is known for controversial opinions. In this vein, on Sunday, he announced his plans to lead a gay pride march through a Muslim neighborhood in Stockholm, Sweden.

The announcement was made in live conversation with fellow media personality Dave Rubin on YouTube, and subsequently posted on Breitbart. The latter did not give much detail regarding the exact time or location of the march, only saying it would be “in a few weeks’ time” and in “one of Sweden’s Muslim ghettos.”

On why he chose Sweden, Yiannopoulos told Rubin, “A year ago, Swedish authorities told a gay march off for being too unnecessarily provocative for marching through a Muslim area. Now, to my mind, the point of gay pride was always to be brave and defiant in the face of hateful conservatism.” In fact, the march he referred to-the Pride Jarva march-did take place in July, 2015, but was condemned by other Swedish LGBT and anti-racism groups.

The June 12 Orlando shooting-which saw a gunman with alleged ties to Daesh (ISIS) kill over 49 people in a gay nightclub-has reignited worldwide conservations on Muslims’ views towards homosexuality. In the Arab world, reactions ranged from praise to stern condemnation of the gruesome attack.

A popular figure among young US conservatives and Trump supporters, Yiannopoulos has also been accused of bigotry towards Muslims and other minority groups.

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