Skip To Content
The Schmooze

Breitbart Editor Milo Yiannopoulos Once Wrote Satirical Poetry about Jews

Milo Yiannopoulos, an editor at the right-wing website Breitbart News and the leader of this summer’s vicious trolling crusade against African-American actress Leslie Jones, recently inked a book deal with Simon & Schuster.

The publishing house is giving Yiannopoulos a $250,000 advance for the book, titled “Dangerous,” which is being pitched as a look at free speech by “the outspoken and controversial gay British writer and editor…who describes himself as ‘the most fabulous supervillain on the internet.’”

It should be noted that this isn’t Yiannopoulos’s first foray into the world of literature. Almost a decade ago, Yiannopoulos self-published a book of satirical poetry called “Eskimo Papoose,” which plagiarized Tori Amos, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and included lines about Jews.

Last year, former NFL player Chris Kluwe tracked down a copy of Yiannopoulos’ work, published under the name Milo Andreas Wagner, and live-tweeted his reading journey. (Kluwe is an opponent of Gamergate, a movement supported by Yiannopoulos, that maintained feminists were ruining the culture of gaming.)

Here, Yiannopoulos, who has Jewish ancestry, begins one of his poems with “I am not an anti-Semite.”

In this one he requests: “don’t Jew me down.”

And here’s a few passages where he muses about sex, suffering and violence.

When contacted by Buzzfeed News about “Eskimo Papoose,” Yiannopoulos insisted that the poems were written completely in jest, and created with the intention of “mock[ing] overwrought lefties.” Problem was, he explained, no one on the left understood that it was a joke.

Yiannopoulos said he doesn’t really care, though.

“You’re going to have to try harder if you want to take down Milo Yiannopoulos,” he wrote.

Image by Buzzfeed

Leftie jokes aside, Yiannopoulos appears to genuinely have a thing for Buffy, the vampire stabbing teen sensation he plagiarized.

The writer had a hand in editing a book called “You’re Just a Mortal; You Couldn’t Understand My Pain: Representations of Psychopathology in Season Five of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.”

Thea Glassman is an Associate Editor at the Forward. Reach her at [email protected]


Republish This Story

Please read before republishing

We’re happy to make this story available to republish for free, unless it originated with JTA, Haaretz or another publication (as indicated on the article) and as long as you follow our guidelines. You must credit the Forward, retain our pixel and preserve our canonical link in Google search.  See our full guidelines for more information, and this guide for detail about canonical URLs.

To republish, copy the HTML by clicking on the yellow button to the right; it includes our tracking pixel, all paragraph styles and hyperlinks, the author byline and credit to the Forward. It does not include images; to avoid copyright violations, you must add them manually, following our guidelines. Please email us at [email protected], subject line “republish,” with any questions or to let us know what stories you’re picking up.

We don't support Internet Explorer

Please use Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge to view this site.