CPAC Disinvites Milo.
Due to the revelation of an offensive video in the past 24 hours condoning pedophilia, the American Conservative Union has decided to rescind the invitation of Milo Yiannopoulos to speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference. – (Matt Schlapp, Chairman of the American Conservative Union)
The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), which has been sponsored by the American Conservative Union since 1973, is one of the largest annual conferences in which conservative activists from all over the country gather to hear speeches from political figures and to meet other likeminded people for the sake of collaboration and growing the movement. Some of the most notable speakers in the past has been Ronald Reagan, Rush Limbaugh and Donald Trump. Therefore, it was only obvious for them to invite a new conservative rising star like Milo Yiannopoulos.
Milo has become famous being a lightning rod of the Alt-Right. His brashness has sparked the uproar of many leftists and Republican establishment types alike. The gay and Jewish conservative has quickly become popular among college Republicans while being detested by liberal students. In matter of fact, many protesters (rioters) appear at campuses in which he is invited to speak. One of the most notable and recent events is when riots broke out by leftists at UC Berkeley against him being invited to speak for the local College Republican chapter.
However, a podcast is circulating around the internet in which Milo made some awkward comments concerning older/younger male relationships.
I think in the gay world, some of the most important, enriching and incredibly life affirming important shaping relationships are very often between younger boys and older men. They can be hugely positive experiences for those young boys. They can even save those young boys from desolation, from suicide, providing they’re consensual. – (Milo Yiannopoulos)
These comments are sparking outrage as many of his detractors are depicting them as a soft endorsement of pedophilia if not an open endorsement of it.
In addition to being disinvited from speaking at CPAC, Simon & Schuster decided to cancel his book deal. His third book, Dangerous, was scheduled to be release in June but after this whole controversy, Simon & Schuster dropped the book. Although Simon & Schuster was getting backlash from giving Yiannopoulos a big book deal, this controversy was a convenient excuse for them to get out of the deal.
To address the controversy, Milo immediately made a statement on Facebook.
I do not support pedophilia. Period. It is a vile and disgusting crime, perhaps the very worst… Let me set the record straight… I am completely disgusted by the abuse of children. – (Milo Yiannopoulos)
Milo also admitted that he himself was in a relationship with a 29 year old when he was 17 years old. Therefore although his critics are trying to allege that he was advocating relationships between old men and small boys, he clearly was not. He was recalling his experience as a young man in early adulthood being romantically involved with a man not too much his senior. There was only a twelve-year difference between him and his ex-lover.
I shouldn’t have used the word “boy” when I talked about relationships between older men and younger gay men. I was talking about my own relationship when I was 17 with a man who was 29. The age of consent in the UK (United Kingdom) is 16. – (Milo Yiannopoulos)
Unfortunately, his explanation was not satisfactory for CPAC.
We realize that Mr. Yiannopoulos has responded on Facebook but it is insufficient. We urge him to immediately further address these disturbing comments. – (Matt Schlapp)
However, Milo’s Facebook comments were well-written and gave a thorough explanation. Truly, there is not much more that needs to be said.
I did say that there are relationships between younger men and older men that can help a young gay man escape from a lack of support or understanding at home. That’s perfectly true and every gay man knows it. But I was not talking about anything illegal and I was not referring to pre-pubescent boys. – (Milo Yiannopoulos)