Milo’s Bad Day: Breitbart Troll Booted From CPAC Conference, Loses Book Deal, & May Also Lose THIS
Alt-right provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos has been booted from the Conservative Action Political Conference (CPAC) conference and he may be losing his job at Breitbart News after a pair of shocking tapes emerged in which he seems to support pedophilia, CNN and Fox Business report. And Buzzfeed reports his book deal with Simon and Schuster has been scuppered.
CPAC And Its Yiannopoulos Problem
Alt-right poster boy Yiannopoulos, frequent spewer of racist and misogynistic b.s. and editor at Breitbart News will no longer speak at the annual gathering, and it seems he’s been taken off-guard by the news.
“I haven’t heard any indication that they are reconsidering,” Yiannopoulos told CNN Money on Monday.
But that changed within the hour when the American Conservative Union announced that it had rescinded Yiannopoulos’ invitation.
In the video clips that surfaced on Sunday, Yiannopoulos appears to defend the idea of older men having sex with young boys, and he joked about his own sexual encounter with a Catholic priest as a teenager.
“In the homosexual world, particularly, 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 says in the video.
He later added:
“As a gay man who has some experience with this in his own childhood and adolescence, I thought it was okay to talk about the subject however I wanted because I felt like I owned it.”
But plenty of others felt differently.
In a statement, ACU president Matt Schlapp had this to say:
“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.”
Apparently the statement was released to the public before Yiannopoulos had a chance to see it. Asked by CNN to confirm that his invitation was rescinded, he emailed back:
“If so, I haven’t heard that.”
And Yiannopoulos’ controversial remarks have also caused an uproar at Breitbart news, The Hill reports. At least a half dozen employees are upset about his remarks in the tape and are ready to quit their jobs if he isn’t fired from his post as senior editor.
“The fact of the matter is that there’s been so many things that are objectionable about Milo over the last couple of years, quite frankly. This is something far more sinister,” the editor said. “If the company isn’t willing to act, there are at least a half dozen people who are willing to walk out over it.”
So Yiannopoulos took to Facebook, denouncing claims that he supports pedophilia, The Washington Post reports.
“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 coordinated effort to discredit me from establishment Republicans, that suggest I am soft on the subject,” he wrote.
The video clips, released in January 2016, resurfaced on Sunday, and Yiannopoulos was subsequently dropped by CPAC, and Simon and Schuster followed suit a few hours later, BuzzFeed reports.
“After careful consideration @simonschuster and its @threshhold_books have canceled publication of ‘Dangerous’ by Milo Yiannopoulos,” tweeted Simon and Schuster Spokesman Adam Rothberg on Monday.
— (((Adam Rothberg))) (@AdamRothberg) February 20, 2017
Upon hearing about the cancellation of his book, he said “I’ve gone through worse. This will not defeat me.”
Dangerous, the book’s title, is a nod to his “Dangerous Faggot” college speaking tour, and it had been scheduled for release in June. He received $250,000 as part of the deal, and the book has sparked outrage and criticism.
Yiannopolous was protested by campus groups repeatedly throughout his speaking tour and was decried as against women, immigrants, trans people and as a proponent of hate speech. One protest in Berkeley, California gained national attention after protesters smashed windows and started fires.
But his supporters believe Yiannopoulos should be appreciated for going against the grain in what they view as a culture of political correctness that’s gone out-of-control.
When Simon and Schuster announced the book deal, it characterized the book as “incisive criticism” on political correctness and free speech. The publisher also sent a letter to its authors, telling them the book would not include hate speech.
But fortunately there are plenty of conservatives who see Yiannopoulos as he really is. And even some of the ACU’s own board members took issue with the organization for inviting him in the first place, CNN reports.
Bill Kristol, editor-at-large for The Weekly Standard, a conservative publication, said inviting him was “despicable.”
“While I’m all for free speech, there is such a thing as vile, hateful speech that does not deserve a platform,” tweeted Ned Ryun, who’s a board member for the ACU.
And Jonah Goldberg, a senior editor for the conservative publication, The National Review, concurred with Kristol. He characterized Yiannopoulos as “a promoter and apologist for the Alt-right, a white supremacist coalition that seeks to be the alternative to mainstream conservative movement”
“That in itself should be the only red flag CPAC needs,” he said.
Once the decision was made, Goldberg responded with a bit of sarcasm:
“Apparently the racism and anti-Semitism wasn’t a deal breaker.”
And Rich Lowry, the top editor at The National Review, said it was an enormous mistake to invite him in the first place.
“He’s not a conservative, and in fact wants to overthrow Reagan conservatism, besides his other obvious failings,” Lowry said. “Now having disinvited him, CPAC looks like the censor — the worst of both worlds.”
Breitbart, for once, may be moving in the right direction by getting rid of Yiannopoulos. That would result in less hate, less hate and less racism.
Which would be good news.
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