UPDATE: Publisher Simon & Schuster has canceled publication of Milo Yiannopoulos’ book. The Conservative Political Action Conference also announced Monday that it was canceling Milo Yiannopoulos’s scheduled keynote address. In a statement, the American Conservative Union’s chairman called Yiannopoulos’s response to the controversial videos “insufficient,” urging him “to immediately further address these disturbing comments.”
Breitbart tech editor Milo Yiannopoulos has made a career out of making controversial statements, but this newly resurfaced video is certainly something else.
In the five minute video tweeted out by The Reagan Battalion, Milo says sex between 13-year-olds and older men can be “life affirming” in the gay community. The video was a select portion from a January 2016 episode of the Drunken Peasant podcast.
— The Reagan Battalion (@ReaganBattalion) February 20, 2017
British import Milo’s been in the news more than ever of late, after he was banned from Twitter last year for inciting the trolling of comedienne Leslie Jones (whom he called “barely literate” and “a dude”) and then after riots broke out at a speech he attempted to give at prestigious UC Berkeley. He’s now slated to be a keynote speaker next week at the hugely influential CPAC conference of American political conservatives.
But that may change. In the resurfaced video, Milo argues that the age of sexual consent is a messy thing, and while he agrees the prevailing age (of late teens) is “probably right,” he also says that there are positive relationships between younger pubescent boys and older men, especially in the gay community.
“In the homosexual world, particularly, some of the relationships between younger boys and older men, the coming of age relationships, the relationships in which these older men help those young boys to discover who they are, and give them security and safety and provide them with love and a reliable rock where they can’t speak with their parents,” Milo said.
“It sounds like molestation to me,” said another person on the livestream. “It sounds like Catholic priest molestation to me.”
“But you know what? I’m grateful for Father Michael. I wouldn’t give nearly such good head if it wasn’t for him,” Milo responded jokingly.
He made clear he was not defending pedophilia, which is an attraction to children who have not entered puberty, but instead defending “pederasty”, the attraction to post pubescent children.
“You are advocating for cross-generational relationships, here, can we be honest about that?” another man on the stream asked Milo.
“Yeah I don’t mind admitting that,” Milo replied. “Particularly in the gay world, and outside the Catholic church… some of the most important, enriching, and incredibly life affirming, shaping relationships between younger boys and older men, they can be hugely positive experiences for those young boys. They can even save those young boys from drug addiction, suicide, provided they are consensual.”
I do not support pedophilia. Period. It is a vile and disgusting crime, perhaps the very worst. There are selectively edited videos doing the rounds, as part of a co-ordinated effort to discredit me from establishment Republicans, that suggest I am soft on the subject.
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.
He goes on to say that he has outed three pedophiles in his career.
Here is the whole video without the “deceptive editing.”