Steve Bannon is to human beings what foot fungus is to truffles. Technically in the same category, but not really.
So this news won’t surprise you. Apparently, part of Bannon’s strategy as Donald Trump’s campaign guru was to target incel (involuntarily celibate) men because they were easy to manipulate and prone to conspiratorial thinking.
Nooooooo! You don't say.
The revelation comes via Cambridge Analytica whistleblower Christopher Wylie, who elaborated on the — ugh, ultimately successful — strategy during a talk at the Emmanuel Centre in London on Monday.
"When you look at the types of people that [Cambridge Analytica] were targeting, it wasn't everybody they were trying to engage with," he said.
"It was very much in the margins and in the fringes of society to bring and recruit people who would otherwise not necessarily engage in conventional politics, but would engage with particular kinds of ideas that [Cambridge Analytica] promoted online.
Wylie has revealed how Cambridge Analytica “harvested the profiles of 50 million Facebook users and how that data was used alongside publicly available voter records” to identify likely Trump voters. According to Wylie, Bannon homed in on “incels,” aka “unmarried straight white dudes who couldn't get laid."
"Imagine we are on a blind date," Wylie said at the talk, reported the London Evening Standard. "We've never met before and I start telling you how much I love your favorite musicians, how I watch the same TV as you do, etc.
"You realize the reason I'm so perfect for you is because I spent the last two years going through your photo albums, reading your text messages and talking to your friends. Facebook is that stalker."
I suppose Steve would understand the incel world more than most. He’s been married before but, seriously. Come on. On a good day he looks like a giant blue cheese sculpture and on a bad day he looks like Steve Bannon.
By the way, just because you “can’t get laid” doesn’t mean you have carte blanche to be an awful human being. And Donald Trump sure as hell isn’t going to solve your problems. That should have been obvious.
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