UPDATE: It's official. Following all of the backlash Milo Yiannopoulos received for his disgusting comments about pedophilia, the self-proclaimed provocateur has resigned from the right-wing media site Breitbart News.
“Breitbart News has stood by me when others caved,” Yiannopoulos said in a statement. “They have allowed me to carry conservative and libertarian ideas to communities that would otherwise never had heard them. They have been a significant factor in my success. I’m grateful for that freedom and for the friendships I forged there.”
He noted that the decision to leave the site was his own and asserted that it would be "wrong to allow my poor choice of words to detract from my colleagues’ important reporting," The Huffington Post reports.
Yiannopolous also further addressed his controversial remarks in an attempt to defend where he stands on pedophilia.
“I am a gay man, and a child abuse victim,” Yiannopoulos wrote Monday night on Facebook. “... I would like to restate my utter disgust at adults who sexually abuse minors. I am horrified by pedophilia and I have devoted large portions of my career as a journalist to exposing child abusers."
He went on to say that as a child abuse victim, he was under the impression that he could "say anything I wanted to on this subject, no matter how outrageous.”
While he was apologetic, he also stayed true to his pompous character during a press conference on Tuesday by boasting that other publishing companies besides Simon & Schuster are interested in publishing his book, and he plans to continue "making jokes about taboo subjects."
“I don’t think this has done any harm for my profile,” Yiannopoulos said. “I think more people are going to read what I have to say on the subject of free speech.”
As for the future of Yiannopoulos' journalism career, he said he plans to embark on a new media venture, but he maintained that his project would not be in competition with Breitbart, according to The Huffington Post.
UPDATE: After backlash following the release of disturbing audio in which Milo Yiannopoulos is heard praising pedophilia, the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) has rescinded his invitation to speak.
The American Conservatives Union (ACU), which hosts the annual conference, said that the decision to disinvite Yiannopoulos is "due to the revelation of an offensive video in the past 24 hours condoning pedophilia," The Associated Press reports.
“We realize that Mr. Yiannopoulos has responded on Facebook, but it is insufficient,” ACU Chairman Matt Schlapp said. “We urge him to immediately further address these disturbing comments.”
Whether or not he has a chance of being let back into the CPAC if he further explains his controversial remarks is currently unclear.
In addition to being dropped from CPAC, Yiannopoulos also lost his book deal with Simon & Schuster. The publishing company announced its decision to cancel publication of his book, "Dangerous," in a tweet Monday afternoon.
Simon & Schuster is canceling the publication of 'Dangerous' by Milo Yiannopoulos "After careful consideration." Full story coming soon.— Publishers Weekly (@PublishersWkly) February 20, 2017
Even his Breitbart colleagues are reportedly so disgusted by his remarks that they are threatening to quit if he isn't fired.
There are "at least half a dozen" Breitbart employees ready to leave the conservative news organization as a result of this controversy, according to an unnamed senior editor of the publication.
While it's rewarding to see Yiannopoulos face real consequences for his reprehensible comments, it's quite telling that it took something this drastic for him to finally be condemned by the far right.
All of the racist, sexist, white supremacist rhetoric he has been spewing was just fine, yet ironically, this is the "straw that broke the camel's back," so to speak.
Nevertheless, it serves Yiannopoulos right that the very salacious, inflammatory nature that put him in the spotlight is also what has led to his demise. While there is clearly no limit to how low he would stoop, this ordeal indicates that there is a limit to what the mainstream conservative establishment will tolerate.
Yet another controversy involving Milo Yiannopoulos, a self-proclaimed provocateur and racist internet troll, has emerged — this time around, in the form of a video clip in which he can be seen advocating pedophilia.
The clip, shared by a Twitter account named the Reagan Battalion, surfaced a few hours after Yiannopoulos was tapped to speak at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).
In the video, the controversial gay British writer and editor at Breitbart News — who made headlines last year for harassing “Ghostbusters” actor Leslie Jones with racist remarks on Twitter — can be heard endorsing sexual relationships between children and men.
“We get hung up on this sort of child abuse stuff to the point where we are heavily policing consensual adults,” Yiannopoulos says in the clip, which is reportedly a 2016 episode from “The Drunken Peasants” podcast.
“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.”
In response to the disturbing rant, a host pointed out, “Sounds like Catholic priest molestation to me."
Yiannopoulos’ reply to this comment was even more appalling.
“I'm grateful for Father Michael," he retorted. "I wouldn't give nearly such good head if it wasn't for him."
After the Reagan Battalion’s video started doing rounds on the internet, Yiannopoulos took to Facebook to defend himself.
Yiannapoulous blamed his “sloppy phrasing” on “deceptive editing,” which might have given the idea that he supports pedophilia. The British author maintains he didn’t advocate illegal relationships. He provided the example of his own relationship when he was 17 with a man who was 29. The age of consent in the U.K. is 16.
Meanwhile, people, including CNN’s Jake Tapper, have condemned Yiannapoulos’ video clip as well as CPAC’s decision to include him as one of the speakers:
This guy is speaking at CPAC?????? https://t.co/VzMkRdLoTZ— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) February 20, 2017
CPAC invited Milo Yiannopoulos to be their keynote.— Jay Allen (@a_man_in_black) February 20, 2017
Here's him bragging attenting parties with "unspeakable things" with "very young" boys. pic.twitter.com/jyAj2lwhMq