Milo Yiannopoulos, the alternative right writer, resigned from Breitbart News on Tuesday after a video of him went viral over the weekend showing Milo endorsing pedophilia.
Who is Milo Yiannopoulos?
Yiannopoulos has a long history of sparking controversy offending African Americans, homosexuals and women. In 2014 Stephen Bannon hired Milo. Milo gained national attention after he was banned from Twitter. Last year, after the release of Sony’s Ghostbusters, Milo led a campaign ridiculing Saturday Night Live actress and Ghostbusters co-star Leslie Jones. In addition, one of his most popular stories on Breitbart was titled,“Birth Control Makes Women Unattractive and Crazy.”
Milo Yiannopoulos history with Breitbart news
Bannon, who is currently President Trump’s senior adviser, praised Milo’s commentary and editorial opinion’s. As a result, Breitbart’s reputation among Trump supporters grew.
On Tuesday, Milo Yiannopoulos held a press conference announcing his resignation from the company. “Breitbart News has stood by me when others caved. The have been a significant factor in my success.”
Milo Yiannopoulos Pedophilia comments
But, Milo’s comments on pedophilia has caused enough controversy for Breitbart to pull the plug on the writer.
In a video interview conducted last year, Milo condoned sexual relationships with teenage boys and joked about a sexual encounter he had with a Catholic priest as a teen.
“Pedophilia is not a sexual attraction to somebody 13 years old who is sexually mature. Pedophilia is attraction to children who have not reached puberty.”
Milo Yiannopoulos fallout
Following the video going viral, CPAC’s organizer disinvited Milo as a conference speaker. In addition, the group’s chairman released a statement about the video calling it “disturbing.”
Then, Milo’s upcoming memoir, “Dangerous”, was canceled by the publisher Simon & Schuster.
Over the weekend Milo took to Facebook to address the controversy.
“I do not support pedophilia. Period,” he explained.
“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.”
Milo Yiannopoulos Press Conference
On Tuesday, Milo Yiannopoulos apologized and argued that he does not support child abuse and will donate 10% of his royalties to children affected by sexual abuse. However, Milo did criticize the media saying, “This is a cynical media witch hunt by people who do not care about children. They care about destroying me.”