Controversial Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos has been disinvited from speaking at the upcoming Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington D.C., reports The Hill.
Yiannopoulos’ invitation to the event drew criticism after a questionable video emerged on social media by conservative blog The Reagan Battalion in which he appears to defend pedophilia. According to the report, the video was posted on YouTube in January 2016, though it did not attract attention until the blog shared it on Sunday.
Yiannopoulos says in the video: “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 took to Facebook on Monday to denounce claims that he was advocating pedophilia and said he was “horrified” by the accusations. Yiannopoulos argued that the video was “deceptively edited.”
After the news broke and the video clip went viral, American Conservative Union board member Ned Ryan posted on social media that the board was not consulted regarding Yiannopoulos’ appearance.
Another board member, Matt Schlapp announced in a statement that Yiannopoulos’ efforts to address the video clip had fallen short and called the remarks “disturbing.”
“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,” the statement begins.
“We realize that Mr. Yiannopoulos has responded on Facebook, but it is insufficient,” Schlapp added. “It is up to him to answer the tough questions and we urge him to immediately further address these disturbing comments.”
— Matt Schlapp (@mschlapp) February 20, 2017
Shortly after Schlapp posted his statement on Monday morning, Yiannopoulos took to his Facebook page to issue a response to the criticism that he became embroiled in this weekend.
“And I’ve repeatedly expressed disgust at pedophilia in my feature and opinion writing. My professional record is very clear,” he writes. “But I do understand that these videos, even though some of them are edited deceptively, paint a different picture.”
“I do not believe sex with 13-year-olds is okay. When I mentioned the number 13, I was talking about the age I lost my own virginity,” he further clarified.
H/T: The Hill
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