Yiannopoulos kicked off of fundraising website after single day

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Alt-right provocateur and former Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos was kicked off the fundraising platform Patreon a day after setting up his page to allow fans to donate to what he said would be a “magnificent 2019 comeback.” 

“Milo Yiannopoulos was removed from Patreon as we don’t allow association with or supporting hate groups on Patreon,” the company tweeted Wednesday, citing its community guidelines.

{mosads}“Be respectful of the people and communities on Patreon. People are different. That’s what’s beautiful about the internet and creativity: communities of varying types can assemble and flourish. We want Patreon to be an intimate and safe venue for a diverse range of creators and their communities,” Patreon’s community guidelines read.

Yiannopoulos has been kicked off Twitter and lost several speaking engagements over controversial comments he’s made.

A video surfaced last year in which he appeared to defend pedophilia, he was widely panned for telling two reporters that he “can’t wait for the vigilante squads to start gunning journalists,” and leaked emails published by BuzzFeed link him to white supremacists.

“I’ve had a miserable year or two, banned and de-platformed and censored and blacklisted … and now I need your help. I want to get back on my feet and come roaring back in 2019 with the fabulous comedy and insightful, serious commentary that made me famous in the first place,” Yiannopoulos wrote on his Patreon page

“The past two years hasn’t been easy. I am one of the most censored and most lied-about people in the world. Even my fans sometimes believe things about me that aren’t true, because journalists lie more about me than perhaps anyone else in America. They can’t stand the idea of gay man who thinks for himself and says what he thinks,” he added.

In return for donations, patrons would receive certain rewards based on the amount they donated. 

Besides being banned from social media platforms and disinvited from public events, Yiannopoulos also lost the backing of billionaire hedge fund CEO Robert Mercer, who is a strong supporter of Breitbart and President Trump and was Yiannopoulos’s most prominent sponsor.

“In my opinion, actions of and statements by Mr. Yiannopoulos have caused pain and divisiveness undermining the open and productive discourse that I had hoped to facilitate,” he wrote in a letter. “I was mistaken to have supported him, and for several weeks have been in the process of severing all ties with him.”

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