The organization that puts together the annual Political Action Conference (CPAC) has disinvited Milo Yiannopoulos from speaking after a leaked tape revealed him defending pedophilia.
“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,” Matt Schlapp, who is the chairman of the American Conservative Union in a statement.
“We realize that Mr. Yiannopoulos has responded on Facebook, but it is insufficient. It is up to him to answer the tough questions and we urge him to immediately further address these disturbing comments,” Schlapp said.
“We give great thought to who is invited to speak, but the CPAC platform is not an endorsement of everything a speaker says or does. We continue to believe that CPAC is a constructive forum for controversies and disagreements among conservatives, however, there is no disagreement among our attendees on the evils of sexual abuse of children,” Schlapp said.
The cancellation of Yiannopoulos’ speech comes a day after a recording of a podcast he was on in which the Breitbart editor condoned pedophilia.
The remarks were made in an episode of “The Drunken Peasants” podcast, the alt-right leader talked about his own experience as a sexually abused teen and omitted to condemn relationships similar to that of his.
He even went so far as to say that boys “discover who they are” as a result of abuse such as his and that it can “give them security and safety and provide the with love and a reliable rock where they can’t speak to their parents.”
One of the hosts of that podcasts denounced the inflammatory remarks, saying “Sounds like Catholic priest molestation to me.”
Yiannopoulos responded with somehow even more inflammatory and slightly graphic remarks saying “I’m grateful for Father Michael, I wouldn’t give nearly such good head if it wasn’t for him.”
The clips were from a January 2016 episode and were released by the conservative blog “Reagan Battalion” in an attempt by them to obstruct the Breitbart editor’s speaking at CPAC, which will begin on Wednesday in Oxon Hill, Md.
Yiannopoulos was also banned from Twitter after he condoned racist bullying of actress Leslie Jones.
“My own experiences as a victim led me to believe I could say anything I wanted to on this subject, no matter how outrageous. But 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,’” he wrote. “I deeply regret that. People deal with things from their past in different ways.”
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 said in his very detailed statement.