Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), a leading U.S. conservative conference, rescinded its invitation to provocative commentator Milo Yiannopoulos, the alt-right’s poster boy. His book deal was also canceled after old internet videos of him re-circulated showing he made light of pedophilia.
According to his beliefs, the standard for pedophilia is whether the victim has gone through puberty or not.
At another point in the video, however, Yiannopoulos says the established age of consent, which is 16 to 18 years old in the United States, is "about right."
The ever-controversial Yiannopoulos, however, denied he ever condoned pedophilia and said a video of him was edited to give a misleading impression. Yiannopoulos has identified himself as a victim of childhood sexual abuse.
"We realize that Mr. Yiannopoulos has responded on Facebook, but it is insufficient," said Matt Schlapp, the chairman of the American Conservative Union, which sponsors the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, or CPAC.
CPAC is a high-profile annual gathering of conservative activists. President Donald Trump is among the scheduled speakers this year along with Vice President Mike Pence, White House chief of staff Reince Priebus and senior Trump adviser Stephen Bannon. Yiannopoulos is also an editor for the right-wing Breitbart News, which Bannon once headed.
Yiannopoulos, the tech editor at the alt-right (aka white supremacist) website Breitbart, is best known for harassing “Ghostbusters” actor Leslie Jones with racist remarks on Twitter. Things got to a point that Jones eventually had to quit the social media platform.
Fortunately, Twitter responded by doing the right thing and kicked Yiannopoulos off for good, citing abuse and harassment as reasons behind the move.
Yiannopoulos, a provocateur on subjects like Islam and feminism, is a strong supporter of both Trump and Bannon and they seem to return the sentiment.
The University of California also canceled Yiannopoulos' speaking engagement on the Berkeley campus when violent protests against his appearance broke out a few weeks ago.
In reaction, President Donald Trump threatened to cut funding to the university.
"If U.C. Berkeley does not allow free speech and practices violence on innocent people with a different point of view - NO FEDERAL FUNDS?" Trump said.