Guy Benson, the frequent Fox News contributor and Townhall editor reported that the controversial Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos has been disinvited from speaking at the upcoming Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington DC. The report was then confirmed by the American Conservative Union Chairman , Matt Schlapp.
Milo's initial invitation drew criticism after a questionable clip emerged on social media revealing that the Breitbart editor appeared to at least advocate for pedophilia. The Reagan Battalion was the first to put the clip online, after which it made rounds on Sunday.
Yiannopoulos says in the video that in the homosexual world, relationships between younger boys and older men – the sort of coming of age relationship – those relationships in which those older men help the 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.
Ned Ryan of the American Conservative Union noted on Sunday via social media that the board was not consulted regarding Yiannopoulos' appearance.
There was an announcement that later pointed out that President Donald Trump would also be a confirmed guest for the conference. Schlapp returned to social media with a full statement regarding Yiannopoulos' status as CPAC guest. He said that due to the revelation of an offensive video in the past 24 hours condoning pedophilia, the American Conservative had decided to rescind the invitation of Milo Yiannopoulos to speak at the Conservative Conference. This was completely different from Schalpp's original statement in which he said that they think that free speech includes hearing Milo's important perspective.
However, it was apparent that Milo Yiannopoulos was unaware of CPAC's decision to disinvite him. Ryan Lizza of The New Yorker said that he had talked with Yiannopoulos about the news. Milo took to his Facebook page to issue a lengthy response to the criticism he became embroiled in during the weekend. Milo pointed out that he has repeatedly expressed disgust at pedophilia in his feature and opinion writing, adding that his professional record is very clear. He also pointed out that he understands that the videos paint a different picture although some of them are edited deceptively. Milo concluded his remarks by pointing out that he does not believe sex with 13-year-olds is okay and that when he mentioned the number 13, he was talking about the age he lost his virginity.