Over the weekend, notorious dickhead Milo Yiannopoulos, an editor at Breitbart News and frequent spewer of racist, sexist, homophobic and transphobic rhetoric, was also discovered to be sympathetic to paedophiles.
The conservative website Reagan Battalion resurfaced a video where Yiannopoulos defended the idea of “13-year-olds” having sex with “older men”, referencing his own story that he benefited from a priest molesting him as a teenager, and drawing a deeply problematic link between homosexuality and paedophilia (there isn’t one, but it has been used to deny gay men rights for decades).
This is his usual M.O. – say something offensive, get attention, bathe in the hate and ride it to riches. So far it’s worked.
But this time, Yiannopoulos might have played himself, because not only has his invitation to speak at a major conservative conference been revoked, but he might just be about to get the boot from Breitbart, too.
Not one hour after Yiannopoulos assured CNNMoney that he was still speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference, the conference’s sponsor, the American Conservative Union, announced otherwise.
“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,” said ACU Chairman Matt Schlapp in a statement.
“We realise that Mr Yiannopoulos has responded on Facebook [in a post titled ‘A note for idiots’], but it is insufficient. It is up to him to answer the tough questions and we urge him to immediately further address these disturbing comments.
“We initially extended the invitation knowing that the free speech issue on college campuses is a battlefield where we need brave, conservative standard-bearers.
“Over 100 people will speak at CPAC starting on Wednesday. We give great thought to who is invited to speak, but the CPAC platform is not an endorsement of everything a speaker says or does. We continue to believe that 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.”
And according to various sources, the very future of Yiannopoulos’ employment at Breitbart is under threat.
There are ongoing discussions at Breitbart this afternoon about Milo’s future with the company, per sources
— Robert Costa (@costareports) February 20, 2017
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
As it turns out, there’s a line even ‘alt-right’ a.k.a. white nationalist publications and conservative organisations won’t cross, and it just so happens that it’s not anti-semitism, racism, sexism, homophobia or transphobia. It’s paedophilia.
Photo: Instagram / Milo Yiannopoulos.