Simon & Schuster made it official that they will not be publishing Milo Yiannopoulos’s after the heinous words he spoke about pedophilia. The alt-right personality was also disinvited from the Conservative Political Action Conference, which featured speakers such as Mike Pence and Steve Bannon.
The reason for the backlash is a one year old video that was recently released in which Yiannopoulos essentially condones pedophilia.
In the video, he says: “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.”
When someone spoke out, saying that his comments sounded like pedophilia, Milo’s response was: “I’m grateful for Father Michael, I wouldn’t give such good head if it wasn’t for him.” He then added: “You’re misunderstanding what pedophilia means. 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, who don’t have functioning sex organs yet, who are too young to be able to understand the way their bodies work. That is not what we’re talking about.”
Simon & Schuster swiftly came out with a short statement on Twitter declaring the cancellation of Milo’s book, Dangerous.
He came out with an explanation on Facebook, since he was banned from Twitter for his past hateful comments.
“There are selectively edited videos doing the rounds, as part of a co-ordinated effort to discredit me from establishment Republicans, that suggest I am soft on the subject. If it somehow comes across (through my own sloppy phrasing or through deceptive editing) that I meant any of the ugly things alleged, let me set the record straight: I am completely disgusted by the abuse of children.”
He added: “The videos do not show what people say they show. I did joke about giving better head as a result of clerical sexual abuse committed against me when I was a teen. If I choose to deal in an edgy way on an internet livestream with a crime I was the victim of that’s my prerogative. It’s no different to gallows humor from AIDS sufferers.”
“I did say that there are relationships between younger men and older men that can help a young gay man escape from a lack of support or understanding at home. That’s perfectly true and every gay man knows it. But I was not talking about anything illegal and I was not referring to pre-pubescent boys.”
So, Simon & Schuster seem to have finally had enough. Hasn’t everyone had enough of Milo Yiannopoulos at this point!