Milo Yiannopoulos wasn’t having a good day yesterday, to say the least. He has now effectively quit Breitbart News due to his recent pedophilia controversy.
This is disappointing as I was and still am a fan of Milo. I don’t agree with every outrageous comment he makes, but his job is to be a provocateur that upsets the left. He’s does a damn good job and I can’t argue with that.
Yesterday, he was dis-invited from giving an address at CPAC, his book deal with Simon and Schuster was cancelled (which sucks since I wanted to read it) and there was even a report that ended up on the Drudge Report yesterday that Milo would be let go from Breitbart.
Then today, at his press conference, he defended himself from recent allegations and officially resigned as editor of Breitbart Tech.
So what exactly happened?
This entire controversy started when Milo’s comments on pedophilia were recently uncovered, (despite being over a year old).
In describing his past in a podcast he admitted to having an affair with a priest from his Catholic school. Milo says he was in his teens and that he was the predator, not the older man.
Don’t get me wrong, I obviously can’t approve of any of this stuff. But let’s make this clear. This is not the stereotypical pedophile case where an older guy is sexual assaulting or raping a prepubescent child. That is absolutely disgusting and one of the vilest sins one could ever commit.
This case, however, walks a grey line. He was having affairs with two older men when he was between the ages of 13 and 16. That’s still under the age of consent here in America, but the age of consent in the UK is 16, where Milo is originally from.
Again I want to make things clear. I can’t condone this at all. However to equate this to molestation of a five year old is simply inaccurate.
So if he was abused as a teenager then why is everyone raising their pitchforks? The controversy lies in his past comments on podcasts.
“And do you know what? I’m grateful for Father Michael. I wouldn’t give nearly such good head if it wasn’t for him.”
But if you know of Milo, this really should be nothing new. He constantly makes edgy, offensive and sarcastic comments as part of his act.
“You’re misunderstanding what pedophilia means, pedophilia is not a sexual attraction to somebody who is 13 years old — who is sexually mature. Pedophilia is attraction to children who have not reached puberty,”
He slipped up numerous times and made cringe-worthy statements. He has since acknowledged this and gave a lengthy response on Facebook.
“If it somehow comes across (through my own sloppy phrasing or through deceptive editing) that I meant any of the ugly things alleged, let me set the record straight: I am completely disgusted by the abuse of children.”
By the end of the day, things turned for the worse. His book deal was gone, and his upcoming appearance at CPAC also cancelled.
Milo’s Press Conference Today
Today, Milo held a press conference with a prepared speech to set the record straight. He opened with this:
“I am a gay man and a child abuse victim. Between the ages of 13 and 16, two men touched me in ways they should not have. One of those men was a priest.”
He then went on to explain his lighthearted comments on the matter.
“My experiences as a victim led me to believe that I could say almost anything on the subject – no matter how outrageous.”
In a sense, Milo Yiannopoulos has been the face of Breitbart. Many people associate his alt-right views with the entire website and see him as their representative. It’s honestly going to be weird to see Milo without his Breitbart title anymore.
He stated that the reason for his resignation was that he doesn’t want this controversy to affect the work of his colleagues. That’s a noble and responsible act.
“They have allowed me to carry conservative and libertarian ideas to communities that would otherwise never have heard them. They have been a significant factor in my success. I’m grateful for that freedom and for the friendships I forged there.”
I personally have been a fan of Milo for quite some time. He’s a gay conservative man that continuously criticizes feminism, Black Lives Matter and political correctness.
While I definitely wouldn’t consider myself alt-right, I’m a proud Trump supporter and avid reader of Breitbart. You don’t have to support the man, but you should support his freedom of speech, something that the left despises him for.
Some of Milo’s statements were wrong, he should’ve worded them better. But this is Milo Yiannopolous we’re talking about, what did you expect?
I can’t condone his actions, but the past is the past and as long as he continues to offend leftists and social justice warriors, then he has my back.