It’s been confirmed that Milo Yiannopoulos has formally quit his role as technology editor at right-wing news outlet Breitbart.
About a week ago, a video surfaced of Milo making extremely grim comments about paedophilia, and drawing a link with paedophilic sexual assault and homosexuality (a common negative stereotype that gay men have been battling for generations). In the video, Milo explain that older gay men sleeping with underage boys can be a good thing, and bluntly explains that his childhood sexual assault by a priest was a positive experience.
Since then, Yiannopoulos has lost a lucrative book deal with Simon & Schuster, been fired from speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), and finally, he’s announced that he’s resigning from Breitbart.
In a statement to press, Yiannopoulos said:
“Breitbart has stood by me when others caved. They have allowed me to carry conservative and libertarian ideas to communities that would otherwise have never heard of them. They have been a significant factor in my success. I’m grateful for that freedom and for the friendships I have forged there.
I would be wrong to allow my poor choice of words to detract from my colleagues’ important reporting, so today I am resigning from Breitbart, effective immediately. This decision is mine alone.”
His full statement has now been published on his Facebook page:
Although Milo states it was his decision alone, it has previous been reported that a bunch of Breitbart employees were threatening to walk if Milo did not leave the company:
scoop: Breitbart senior editor tells me at least half a dozen employees ready to walk out if Milo is not fired. pic.twitter.com/k5wZ3OGTlL
— Elaina Plott (@elainaplott) February 20, 2017
Look – we’re not saying anything, okay? … We’ll just leave this here.
“Milo Yiannopoulos lost his book deal, was dropped by CPAC & has now resigned from Breitbart” pic.twitter.com/BffXbyJAwE
— Shon (@brownlashon) February 21, 2017
Source / Photo: Facebook / Milo Yiannopoulos.