Milo Yiannopoulos came out as a victim of child sexual abuse in a Facebook post yesterday, saying, “My own experiences as a victim led me to believe I could say anything I wanted to on this subject [of sexual abuse], no matter how outrageous.”
Yiannopoulos released that statement in response to allegations that he supports child sexual abuse. It was spurned by a video in which Yiannopoulos says relationships “between younger boys and younger men” can “give them security and safety.” The Breitbart tech editor later insisted his comments were not intended to imply pedophilia was okay.
“I do not believe sex with 13-year-olds is okay,” he said. “When I mentioned the number 13, I was talking about the age I lost my own virginity.”
In the video in question, one of the commentators interjected to Yiannopoulos: “You are advocating for cross-generational relationships here, can we be honest about that?”
“I don’t mind admitting that,” Yiannopoulos had responded.
The video was surfaced by The Reagan Battalion, a conservative news source, on Sunday afternoon. Less than one day later, the organizers of Conservative Political Action Conference rescinded his invitation to be the keynote speaker.
“We initially extended the invitation knowing that the free speech issue on college campuses is a battlefield where we need brave, conservative standard-bearers,” Matt Schlapp, the chairman of the American Conservative Union, said in a written statement.
“CPAC is a constructive forum for controversies and disagreements among conservatives, however, there is no disagreement among our attendees on the evils of sexual abuse of children,” the CPAC press release notes. Soon after that, Yiannopoulos’s book publisher announced they were canceling his book.
“After careful consideration, Simon & Schuster and its Threshold Editions imprint have canceled publication of Dangerous by Milo Yiannopoulos,” a statement from Simon & Schuster reads.
The book deal was worth $250k.
Both conservatives and progressives reacted with disgust at the video. However, Milo insists it was all taken out of context.
“I’ve reviewed the tapes that appeared last night in their proper full context, and I don’t believe they say what is being reported,” he said.
He has also pointed out that during his tenure as a journalist, he was on the side of good.
“I have devoted large portions of my career as a journalist to exposing child abusers,” he said. “I’ve outed three of them, in fact — three more than most of my critics.”
Yiannopoulos takes credit for outing Luke Bozier, the former business partner of Heat Street’s Louise Mensch, Nicholas Nyberg, anti-GamerGate activist, and Chris Leydon, a London photographer who will go on trial next month.
Many reporters have taken him out of context, he argues.
In the same video, he notes that he believes the age of consent laws are OK, “and I think the [age of consent] law is probably about right. It’s probably roughly the right age.”
Milo Yiannopoulos will hold a press conference on Tuesday at 3:00pm in NYC.