[Marxism] Milo Yiannopoulos’s Pedophilia Comments Cost Him CPAC Role and Book Deal
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NY Times, Feb. 20 2017
Milo Yiannopoulos’s Pedophilia Comments Cost Him CPAC Role and Book Deal
By JEREMY W. PETERS
WASHINGTON — Milo Yiannopoulos, the provocateur and Breitbart News
editor, was under pressure on several fronts Monday after the
publication of a video in which he condones sexual relations with boys
as young as 13 and laughs off the seriousness of pedophilia by Roman
The organizers of the Conservative Political Action Conference rescinded
their invitation for him to speak later this week. Simon & Schuster said
it was canceling publication of his forthcoming book, “Dangerous.” And
there were calls online for Breitbart to sever ties with him.
The episode, which unraveled quickly online over the weekend, put many
conservatives in a deeply uncomfortable position. They have long
defended Mr. Yiannopoulos’s attention-seeking stunts and racially
charged antics on the grounds that the left had tried to hypocritically
censor his right to free speech.
But endorsing pedophilia, it seemed, was more than they could tolerate.
The board of the American Conservative Union, which includes veterans of
the conservative movement like Grover Norquist and Morton Blackwell,
made the decision to revoke Mr. Yiannopoulos’s speaking slot and condemn
his comments on Monday.
“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, the chairman of the American
Conservative Union, said in a written statement.
Regarding Mr. Yiannopoulos’ comments, Mr. Schlapp called them
“disturbing” and said his explanation of them was insufficient.
After the video leaked on Twitter from a conservative group called the
Reagan Battalion, Mr. Yiannopoulos denied that he had ever condoned
child sexual abuse, noting that he was a victim himself as he blamed his
“British sarcasm” and “deceptive editing” for leading to a misunderstanding.
But in the tape, the fast-talking polemicist is clear that he has no
problem with older men abusing children as young as 13, which he then
conflates with relationships between older and younger gay men who are
of consenting age.
“No, no, no. You’re misunderstanding what pedophilia means,” Mr.
Yiannopoulos says on the tape, in which he is talking to radio hosts in
a video chat. “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,” he adds, dismissing the fact that
13-year-olds are children.
The notion of consent, he says, is “arbitrary and oppressive.”
Conservatives reacted with near unanimous disgust at the comments. Some
expressed bewilderment that conference organizers would extend an
invitation to Mr. Yiannopoulos in the first place, given his history of
statements that have been offensive to blacks, Muslims and generally
pushed the bounds of decency. Twitter has banned him.
“Colossal misjudgment,” Rich Lowry, editor of National Review, wrote on
Twitter. “Now CPAC has put itself in the role of ‘censor.’ And for what?
Some clicks and headlines?”
Guy Benson, the writer and radio host, who also happens to be gay, wrote
on Twitter that Mr. Yiannopoulos seemed to have been “designed in a
laboratory in order to perpetuate some of the ugliest stereotypes about
gays and conservatives.”
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