Milo Yiannopoulos Finally Goes Too Far

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UPDATE: The publisher Simon & Schuster has canceled a controversial book deal with Milo Yiannopoulos. The publishing house released a statement saying, “After careful consideration, Simon & Schuster and its Threshold Editions imprint have canceled publication of Dangerous by Milo Yiannopoulos.”

In addition, Fox Business and Washingtonian magazine report that Breitbart News is considering firing Yiannopoulos, an editor at the website.


Finally, after the election of a misogynistic, racist, xenophobic, Islamophobic, sexually-assaulting narcissist, Republicans have finally drawn a red line.

A video clip of Milo Yiannopoulos seeming to advocate for relationships between “young boys” and “older men” has led to his removal from a speaking engagement at the Conservative Political Action Conference.

“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,” Matt Schlapp, the chairman of the ACU, released in a statement on Twitter.

The far-right provocateur regularly courts controversy. However, the five minute video clip, in which an online panel argues about gay relationships and the age of consent, seems to have struck a nerve.

“In the homosexual world particularly,” Milo says, “some of those relationships between younger boys and older men – the sort of ‘coming of age’ relationship – those relationships in which those older men help those young boys discover who they are and give them security and safety and provide them with love and a reliable, sort of rock, where they can’t speak to their parents,” he adds.

In response, prominent conservatives called for the American Conservative Union, the organization in charge of CPac, to pull Yiannopoulos from the lineup.

Matt Mackowiak, a conservative political consultant and columnist, posed the issue in black-and-white terms. “Over to you, @mschlapp,” he said, referring to ACU Chairman Matt Schlapp. “This is not a hard call.”

Matt Schlapp initially defended his choice to invite the Breitbart News editor on First Amendment grounds. “1st amendment is dead on campus. Conservatives should fight back. As radioactive as milo is he is fighting back,” the ACU chairman tweeted.

As it turns out, however, the board of the ACU was never consulted about choosing Yiannopoulos.

Conservative blogger Erick Erickson also came out against Yiannopoulos, stating, “Yiannopoulos has expressly said he is not a conservative.”

In a Facebook post responding to the controversy, Yiannopoulos issued a rare clarification.

“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 wrote in the posting.

“I shouldn’t have used the word “boy” when I talked about those relationships between older men and younger gay men,” he continues. “That was a mistake. Gay men often use the word “boy” when they refer to consenting adults.”

In the video, taken from a recording of a podcast called “Drunken Peasants,” Yiannopoulos denies advocating peodophilia, saying, “Pedophilia is not a sexual attraction to somebody 13-years-old who is sexually mature; pedophilia is attraction to children who have not reached puberty.” Thirteen-years-old falls well below the British age of consent of 16.

This latest firestorm involving Yiannopoulos comes on the heels of a controversial appearance on the talk show Real Talk with Bill Maher, in which the conservative-agitator made a series of transphobic comments. Many critics saw Maher as too lenient on his guest.

On a recent tour of a forthcoming book, Dangerous, Yiannopoulos’s visit to the University of California, Berkeley sparked violent protests. Incidents like this, in addition to a backlash against the book’s publisher, Simon and Schuster, have led conservatives to accuse liberals of limiting free speech.

“We initially extended the invitation knowing that the free speech issue on college campuses is a battlefield where we need brave, conservative standard-bearers,” Matt Schlapp writes.

“[H]owever,” the statement continues, “there is no disagreement among our attendees on the evils of sexual abuse of children.”

 

About The Author

Samuel Braslow is the managing editor at FourTwoNine Magazine, and covers current events and politics for the website.

  • ThomNickels

    “Finally, after the election of a misogynistic, racist, xenophobic, Islamophobic, sexually-assaulting narcissist, Republicans have finally drawn a red line.” This is just ultra PC regressive Left robot terminology. Like Islam really celebrates homosexuality…gay men getting tossed off roof tops. Great thinking, 2/4/9..

  • ArtistLike

    You’d be wise to keep a close eye on him. He was mentored by Steve Bannon, who Ben Shapiro said commandeered Breitbart and made it singularly focused on getting Trump (and Bannon) into the White House. I fully expect Yiannopoulos to launch his own super-hateful alt-right media organization that will galvanize and cultivate new fans who think he’s “cool” and “hot,” and you can be certain that he will continue to advance the agenda of Steve Bannon. This is a major setback for him and it certainly looks bad, but he’s going to keep serving this White House as long as Bannon remains the eminence grise.

  • A complete embarrassment from start to finish, wasting what is clearly advanced intellect on self-aggrandizing behaviour, with scant regard for the consequences of his ill-chosen words.

  • Michael R.

    Putting aside Mr. Y’s alleged “pro-pedophilia” comments (after which he clarified his intent and admitted his mis-choice of the word “boy” ; he was actually expressing a viewpoint that has ancient [classical] origins; see Socrates et al)…

    …to the point: As a non-ideological progressive, I believe that censoring someone’s speech (even ultra-right wing speech with a twist of alt-culture thrown in) is foolish; one creates a “forbidden fruit” (yes, I used the word fruit) effect that unintentionally makes a normally fringe thinker more attractive and appealing to rebellious and anti-establishment types.

    Further, Berkeley and other campuses should have allowed Mr. Y to speak…Why? To serve as a “teachable moment” for critical thinking exercises (e.g., a mass media class using a live stream/ feed of the speech to do real-time critiquing, fact checking and data [word/vocabulary] analysis)…This way, young students can be effectively (and critically) introduced to rhetorical techniques used by ideologues and demagogues to manipulate and control others.

    Fascism is just as alive on the Left as it is on the Right (the difference is that Lefties, being generally more humanistic and empathetic, just “know” their views/values are the correct ones).

    Now, I believe that right wing ideology and/or modern conservatism is a fundamentally fear-based, anti-humanist belief system that certain establishment powers perpetuate in order to preserve the status quo (of class, racial, gender and religious privilege)…but I am not at all afraid of being challenged on this (nor should any liberal or progressive with any intellectual integrity)…So, why suppress right wing speech (which we justify by calling in “hate speech”)?

    Are we afraid of hearing what we think we “know” is wrong? Sure, you can call it “hate speech” (which it MIGHT be, or, it just might be speech that offends you, or challenges your values)…but, whichever it (the speech in question) truly is, whatever it’s essential nature and purpose, it should and MUST be heard and debated among those who seek to advance their understanding of this human world…

    In each and every generation, this encounter (with intolerant speech and expressed values) must happen, must be allowed (within the limits of the the academic arena), so that each generation of young thinkers can apprehend it for what it si, and thus go forth in the world well-armed (intellectually) against the merchants of greed, feat and bigotry.

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