Infamous conservative social media star Milo Yiannopoulos is caught in a conundrum after the Daily Beast published a story saying he has failed to give away college scholarships he promised.
Yiannopoulos, a Breitbart editor, gained notoriety recently for his politically incorrect tweets about comedian Leslie Jones that led to him being permanently banned from Twitter.
The Breitbart editor confirmed to the Beast that the “Yiannopoulos Privilege Grant” has not accepted any applications, despite the fact that he said the scholarships would be granted exclusively to white men this summer. For now, the funds raised — between $100,000 to $250,000, he said — remain in a personal bank account.
The Daily Beast reports:
After the initial announcement in January, Yiannopoulos and several figures in the alt-right hosted a five-hour online telethon to collect money from donors. In the description for the video on Yiannopoulos’s account, there is a promise that the Privilege Grant will give 100 grants (not 50 as promised earlier) totaling $250,000 to “white men in support of their post-secondary education.”
The website for the grant still hasn’t opened applications:
And the group still hasn’t filed the paperwork necessary to be considered a charity.
The news came to light following Twitter arguments with Margaret MacLennan, a Canadian YouTube personality, who ran the grant. Some questioned whether she was profiting from the grant donations, since they hadn’t been distributed. In answer, she posted a snapshot of a request to donors to wire the funds to Yiannopoulos’s bank account when they asked to donate to the grant:
Yiannopoulos said that a new set of administrators would be handling the fund.
A Breitbart spokesperson did not return Independent Journal Review’s request for comment.
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