Milo Yiannopoulos has made a career out of courting controversy, but today, the alt-right provocateur finds himself on wrong side of a raging scandal that may bring his time in the spotlight to an abrupt end.
In recent months, Yiannopoulos – an editor at Breitbart News – has become a household name due in large part to his incessant trolling of politicians and celebrities with whom he disagrees.
The most baffling example of this tired routine was Yiannopolulos’ spat with Leslie Jones of Saturday Night Live, whom he publicly denigrated for having the audacity to star in a movie.
That particular bullying campaign led to Yiannopoulos getting banned from Twitter, and many hoped that would be the last they’d hear from the alt-right’s most articulate mouthpiece.
Unfortunately, in the months that followed, Yiannopoulos’ far-right beliefs entered the political mainstream, and the 32-year-old became an inescapable media presence.
This past week may have been the biggest of Yiannopoulous’ career, as his interview with Bill Maher went viral, and he landed a keynote speaking slot at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference.
However, it now looks as though Milo’s meteoric rise may have come to a halt thanks to some shocking comments he made regarding sex with minors.
In a podcast interview that resurfaced last night, Yiannopoulos seemed to advocate sexual relationships between “younger boys and older men.”
Not surprisingly, CPAC organizers withdrew their speaking invitation shortly thereafter:
“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,” reads a statement issued by the organization.
Yiannopoulos took to Facebook to apologize for – but also to defend – his statement:
“I am a gay man, and a child abuse victim,” he wrote.
“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.’”
Yiannopoulos has described being molested by a priest as a young student at a Catholic school, but he has repeatedly denied being a victim, and speaks of the experience in positive terms.
Many other prominent conservatives, including President Trump, are still scheduled to appear at CPAC.