A guest on Bill Maher’s talk show has dropped out because he discovered Milo Yiannopoulos would also appear on the show.
Jeremy Scahill, a freelance journalist, claimed that inviting Yiannopoulos on air was “many bridges too far” for HBO’s Real Time With Bill Maher – and end in somebody dying.
In a long message on Twitter, Scahill, who helped found news site The Intercept, laid out his reasons for refusing to go on the show.
In response Yiannopoulos called him a coward and said “If you can’t show up and defend your ideas, you lose. It’s that simple.”
Accusations against Maher – who often takes viewpoints which frustrate liberal viewers – have come thick and fast since his invitation to Yiannopoulos was confirmed yesterday.
Scahill, who has appeared on the show before, posted a long message on his Facebook page attempting to justify his decision.
The crucial part (emphasis ours) said:
…Milo Yiannopoulos is many bridges too far. He has ample venues to spew his hateful diatribes. There is no value in “debating” him. Appearing on Real Time will provide Yiannopoulos with a large, important platform to openly advocate his racist, anti-immigrant campaign. It will be exploited by Yiannopoulos in an attempt to legitimize his hateful agenda…
…Yiannopoulos has shown he will use his appearances to publicly attack and shame specific ordinary people by name, a practice which could lead to violence or even death. Real Time, of course, has the right to book whomever it wants on its show, including Yiannopoulos. But I cannot participate in an event that will give a platform to such a person.