By Richard Mills, Washington Examiner
I’ve never considered myself to be a fan of Milo Yiannopoulos. But as a gay conservative trying to find his place in a sometimes-unaccepting society, I was partial to the notorious provocateur. I disagree with him on a number of subjects but respect his right to communicate them.
When the Conservative Political Action Conference announced that Yiannopoulos would be giving the keynote address at this year’s conference, critics said his speech would taint the conservative brand. Personally, I’ve never thought of Yiannopoulos as a direct representative of conservatism, but he does reject radical gender theory and abortion. All in all, his speech didn’t seem like a big deal.
But when video of Yiannopoulos normalizing sexual relationships between minors and adults was released, it was the wake-up call I didn’t know I needed.
Yiannopoulos has no regard for age of consent laws, which is neither conservative nor legal. I felt sick inside watching the five-minute clip where he dismisses his own sexual abuse and normalizes sexual contact between adults and minors. I replayed the clip to make sure I heard him correctly. Then I watched an uncut version of the same clip to ensure the video hadn’t been altered, and it wasn’t.
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