Fall out over a video that captured Breitbart News editor Milo Yiannopoulos speaking favorably about relationships between young boys and older men continued well into the night on Monday when publishing giant Simon & Schuster nixed the flamboyant provocateur’s book deal.
The latest development came after the American Conservative Union dis-invited the controversial personality from speaking at CPAC 2017 this week, “due to the revelation of an offensive video […] condoning pedophilia.”
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The ACU came under strong criticism over the decision to have Yiannopoulos speak and Matt Schlapp, the group’s chairman, appeared on Fox News’ “The First 100 Days” Tuesday tonight to take a stand against pedophilia.
“There’s no place in the conservative movement for people that would mainstream something as horrible as pedophilia,” Schlapp said.
He said that if Yiannopoulos was taken out of context as he has said, then he should defend himself, adding that CPAC is “not the appropriate venue for Milo to try to clear his name.”
Yiannopoulos released a detailed statement on Facebook Monday — his third on the matter — condemning pedophilia and took some blame for the video.
“I understand that my usual blend of British sarcasm, provocation and gallows humor might have come across as flippancy, a lack of care for other victims or, worse, ‘advocacy.’ I deeply regret that,” he wrote.
The Breitbart New editor also announced that he will hold a press conference Tuesday afternoon at 3 p.m.
As for his condemnation, an exchange from September 2015 surfaced on Twitter of Yiannopoulos denouncing pedophiles as “dangerous predators” who should not only be incarcerated, but chemically castrated.
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Meanwhile, it’s not as if Yiannopoulos, who says “this will not defeat me,” is without supporters, as see in the tweet below that features the hashtags #StandWithMilo and #FreeMilo.
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