It’s been a tough month for Milo Yiannopoulos.
After a meteoric rise in the conservative political world, the gay, British senior editor and writer for Breitbart was prevented from speaking at UC-Berkeley by violent protesters.
Then, just a short time after being asked to be one of the speakers at the annual CPAC confab, he was disinvited by American Conservative Union organizers.
Now, according to the Washington Times, Simon and Schuster has scrapped Yiannopoulos’s book deal:
— Adam Rothberg (@AdamRothberg) February 20, 2017
Yiannopoulos was dumped after an online interview appeared to show that he advocated men having sex with boys.
Via RedState, here’s the part of the interview that got the writer and speaker dumped by CPAC and his book publisher:
Yiannopoulos: You don’t understand what pedophilia is if you think that I’m defending it, ’cause I’m certainly not.
PaulsEgo: OK, OK, fine. I retract my statement, Milo. I retract my statement. I shan’t slander you further. But you are advocating for cross-generational relationships here, can we be honest about that?
Yiannopoulos: Yeah, I don’t mind saying, I don’t mind admitting that, and I think particularly in the gay world – and outside, the Catholic Church, if that’s where some of you want to go with this – I think in the gay world, some of the most important, enriching and incredibly, you know, life-affirming, important, shaping relationships very often between younger boys and older men, they can be hugely positive experiences for those young boys, they can even save those young boys from desolation, from suicide, from drug addiction, all those things, provided they’re consensual. Provided they’re consensual.
Yiannopoulous wrote today on his Facebook page that he never meant ‘boys’ as in children, but rather as males:
A note for idiots (UPDATED): I do not support pedophilia. Period. It is a vile and disgusting crime, perhaps the very…
As he put it:
I do not support pedophilia. Period. It is a vile and disgusting crime, perhaps the very worst. 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.
Though other major book publishers have given contentious gay, liberal ‘sex adviser’ columnist Dan Savage book deals, it looks like Milo’s comments were a bridge too far for his publishing house.