Guardian op-ed: ‘Alt-right’ online poison nearly turned me into a racist

Unwary Guardianista almost seduced by Milo

Unwary Guardianista almost seduced by Milo

It started with Sam Harris, moved on to Milo Yiannopoulos and almost led to full-scale Islamophobia. If it can happen to a lifelong liberal, it could happen to anyone…

“On one occasion I even, I am ashamed to admit, very diplomatically expressed negative sentiments on Islam to my wife. Nothing “overtly racist”, just some of the “innocuous” type of things the YouTubers had presented: “Islam isn’t compatible with western civilisation.”

She was taken aback: “Isn’t that a bit … rightwing?”

I justified it: “Well, I’m more a left-leaning centrist. PC culture has gone too far, we should be able to discuss these things without shutting down the conversation by calling people racist, or bigots.”

The indoctrination was complete.”

I cannot tell whether or not this is satire. And I’m usually pretty good at that.

UPDATE: It is satire! The Guardian got trolled. Godfrey Elfwick, we are not worthy.