Rijk Kay: ‘Camp Milo’

This video essay explores the aesthetic and rhetorical elements of the American alt-right and its entwinement with confused understandings of irony, as well as its close relative, camp. As such, it addresses the appropriation of elements of camp discourse by both the un-queer and the reactionary homosexual, arguing that camp can function as a mode of representation, a way of accessing the dominant text through imitation, but forever conjuring the dominant text by doing so. Through scrutiny of the “body of work” of militant camp abuser Milo Yiannopoulos, Rijk analyses the recent rightwing co-opting of elements of an exclusively queer discourse, mapping the spectacular instances of appropriation with regard to a history of fascination with queer outrageousness.

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