February 20, 2017 at 3:01 pm EDT | by Chris Johnson
CPAC disinvites Milo Yiannopoulos over unearthed pedophilia video
Milo Yiannopoulos was disinvited from CPAC (Blade file photo by Michael Key).

Milo Yiannopoulos was disinvited from CPAC (Blade file photo by Michael Key).

Although anti-transgender and Islamophobic views were not a problem for organizers of the Conservative Political Action Conference, an unearthed video in which Milo Yiannopoulos suggests approval for sex with underage boys is apparently a bridge too far.

Matt Schlapp, chair of the American Conservative Union, announced Monday in a statement Yiannopoulos would be disinvited from the annual conservative confab over the video amid outcry from both conservatives and progressives over giving him a prominent role as a keynote speaker.

“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,” Schlapp said.

As Schlapp noted, Yiannopoulos responded on Facebook to consternation over the video and denied he supports pedophilia, maintaining the video was “selectively edited” and he has denounced pedophilia in other capacities.

But the response, Schlapp said, is “insufficient.”

“It is up to him to answer the tough questions and we urge him to immediately further address these disturbing comments.”

CPAC had announced late last week Yiannopoulos would be the keynote speaker at CPAC after he appeared on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher” and reiterated his view — one with which Maher agreed — that transgender people are “sexually confused” and shouldn’t be allowed in the bathroom consistent with their gender identity.

Yiannopoulos also made denigrating comments about gay people, saying he wouldn’t hire them as workers because they’re constantly late and on drugs and they “have a long road” to coming to terms with their sexual orientation.

It was the latest in a history of anti-LGBT comments from Yiannopoulos, who’s gay and claims to have a black boyfriend.

The appearance on “Real Time” and announcement Yiannopoulos would speak at CPAC came to the dismay of LGBT rights supporters, who asserted anyone who expresses those views shouldn’t be granted a prominent platform.

The videos suggesting Yiannopoulos is OK with pedophilia were unearthed not by progressive activists, but by the Reagan Battalion, a conservative blog that objected to Yiannopoulos’ appearance at the event.

Yiannopoulos, a senior editor at the conservative website Brietbart, was a Trump supporter during the Republican primary. During the Republican National Convention, Yiannopoulos appeared at an “LGBT for Trump” event and spoke in front of posters of scantily clad slender young men dressed as Trump supporters. The images were photos taken by Lucian Wintrich, the founder of “Twinks4Trump.”

In the videos circulated by conservatives calling for his ouster, Yiannopoulos says he learned fellatio as a result of his own underage relations with “Father Michael,” denying the act was harmful.

“This sort of arbitrary and oppressive idea of consent, which totally destroys the understanding that many of us have,” Yiannopoulos says in one clip. “The complexities and subtleties and complicated nature of many relationships. You know, people are messy and complex. In the homosexual world particularly. Some of those relationships between younger boys and older men, the sort of coming of age relationships, the relationships in which those older men help those young boys to discover who they are, and give them security and safety and provide them with love and a reliable and sort of a rock where they can’t speak to their parents.”

The annual conservative convention in D.C. has featured President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence and they are scheduled again this year to speak. CPAC has a history of barring from co-sponsoring the event gay Republican groups, such as the now defunct GOProud, although that policy seems to have changed because Log Cabin Republicans this year will have a booth at the event for the second year in a row.

Schlapp said he initially invited Yiannopoulos as a statement in support of free speech. Earlier this month, Yiannopoulos was forced to cancel an appearance at the University of California, Berkeley, after a protest that erupted in violence.

“We initially extended the invitation knowing that the free speech issue on college campuses is a battlefield where we need brave, conservative standard-bearers,” Schlapp said.

Schlapp said even with Yiannopoulos gone, more than 100 speakers are still prepared to speak at CPAC starting Wednesday. Besides Trump and Pence, other scheduled speakers are White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.

“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,” Schlapp said. “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.”

 

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17 Comments
  • Where does one start?

    “Milo brings new meaning to the term veal pen.”

    “Milo is neither a hawk nor a dove, preferring the syncretic term “chicken hawk”.

    Milo: “mistakes were made……please don’t cancel my meal ticket!”

    • Sweetheart the real thing was going on among muslim men and their Bacha bazi in Afghanistan and Obama ordered the US military to look the other way.

      • Don’t waorry Sweet Cheeks. I hear Milo is revamping his now cancelled book to self publish as:

        Dangerous:
        To Leave Your Children With

        • We can smell your lady parts from here

          • Are you a member of NAMBLA, too?!

          • says the guy who smells like a fumunda cheese factory

          • nothing is worse than fish

          • Weird that you would even know what one smells like. Which only leaves one option. And let me tell you – It’s disconcerting that you’ve been smelling your mothers’.

          • What’s crazy is that Miss Milo attacks transgender for having a sexual identity disorder when she herself wears pearls around her neck and women’s pearl bracelets. What’s up with that?! Tell her to add bright red lipstick to her lips! That’s the color clowns wear!

            Larry Wilmore put her in her place and was spot on when he told your idol to go F herself! I’m sure she has many times! How dare she paint gay men as terrible workers!

            Don’t think her press conference tomorrow is going to help her either! Extremist right-wingers have branded her and that’s what she rightfully gets for supporting the enemies of GLBT rights! When you alienate most of the world you stand very alone!

      • The issue is Miss Milo and her ties to NAMBLA and how Karma is paying her back. Her attacks on liberals, gay men,Transgender, immigrants, and Leslie Jones are now coming back to bite her with attacks from the people she defends!

  • It was stupid and clumsy of CPAC. They could exclude Trump for the Billy Bush tape, or McCain for a thousand coarse remarks, with more justification. Again, they are applying tougher standards to gays than to straights which is classic discrimination, and is one reason why Rs got only 16% of the LGBT vote.

  • Miss Milo says gay people have a long road to come to terms with their sexual orientation when she is on record saying she thinks a person can NEVER be happy being gay and would like conversion therapy although she doesn’t think it would work. What a joke she is. She shows herself an expert on being gay by classifying all gay people as irresponsible and on drugs.

    Is Milo actually a member of NAMBLA? She loves the term Daddy after all. We already know she’s a courtesan!

    If Milo hates herself so much, she should try a lobotomy short of an electric cow prong up her ying yang as therapy! I’ll be more than happy to oblige her there!

  • When is the lGBT community going to address issues with consent? See the article on rape of transmasculine people in the huffington post, or when are they going to deal with the domestic violence issue? I realize gay publicans sometimes cover it, and the MSM absolutely doesn’t. But you don’t address problems by ignoring it. And I keep on seeing new stories about how HIV is increasing in gay men aged 18-24 and yet all we hear about is allowing blood donations.

  • She is disgusting.

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