“I can spell hat: H-a-t,
I can spell cat: C-a-t,
I can spell fat: F-a-t,
But I can’t spell Yiannopoulos!”
You may have heard of Milo Yiannopoulos. If you have, you probably have a reason to dislike him. If you’re against the alt-right, you may dislike him for his editorial position with Breitbart. If you’re liberal, you may dislike him for his skepticism towards feminism and social justice. If you’re a family values person, you may dislike him for being gay … Who knew gay conservatives existed?
Like many people who identify with the alt-right, Milo (I’m not gonna keep writing that monster of a last name) has made it a point to take as many controversial stances as possible. Milo seemed to thrive on being seen as the enemy to the mainstream and/or liberal agenda. Nothing could be said that was too offensive! That is, as we found out, almost nothing. Turns out some people don’t appreciate jokes about pedophilia!
Over the weekend Milo was invited to speak at CPAC, the Conservative Political Action Conference. This, however, was rescinded when some material appeared online reportedly showing Milo defending relationships between 13-year-olds and “older men.”
The Hollywood Reporter reports: “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,” read a statement from ACU chairman Matt Schlapp on Monday.
A newly posted video from a 2016 episode of “The Drunken Peasants” podcast features Yiannopoulos discussing his own sexual abuse as a teen. During the podcast, he does not appear to condemn similar relationships between children and men.
Milo took to Facebook to defend himself. He said that he does not, in fact, support pedophilia. The video was selectively edited to make him look bad. His sense of humor was being taken seriously, and people should have realized that he was just making some dark jokes.
On top of it all, as a victim of sexual abuse when he was young, this is a subject he’s quite familiar with. He also did apologize to any abuse victims that he did offend by his remarks. coming from a guy like Milo, an apology is definitely rare!
The defense and apology did not seem to help much, however. He was still disinvited to speak at CPAC. According to the Washington Post, a book deal with publisher Simon & Schuster was also cancelled over these remarks.
The icing on the crashing and burning cake, though, was Breitbart’s move to sever ties with Milo! That isn’t to say the infamous website gave him the complete cold shoulder.
The New York Times reports: Alex Marlow, Breitbart’s editor in chief, called the comments “indefensible” and “appalling” during his radio program on Tuesday morning. But he also described the release of the audio, by a conservative group called the Reagan Battalion and after Mr. Yiannopoulos had been announced as a speaker at the Conservative Political Action Conference, a “coordinated hit” by liberal groups intent on hurting his ascent.
A coordinated smear campaign? A horrible joke blown way out of proportion (like the alt-right movement?) An actual defense of pedophilia?
To be honest I don’t know anymore. This country is just getting too strange for me.