Even Conservatives Are Appalled by Milo Yiannopoulos’ Defense of Child Sex Abuse (Updated)
A video has resurfaced of Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos defending the practice of grown men having sex with boys as young as 13.
— The Reagan Battalion (@ReaganBattalion) February 19, 2017
In the video, Yiannopoulos is on a panel show suggesting that 13-year-olds are sexually mature and that statutory rape is particularly common among gay men:
This sort of arbitrary and oppressive idea of consent, which totally destroys you know understanding that many of us have. 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. Some of those relationships are the most …
Another guest interrupts him to bring up sexual abuse by Catholic priests, to which Yiannopoulos replies, “I’m grateful for Father Michael. I wouldn’t give nearly such good head if it wasn’t for him.”
(Note: people who brag about giving good head usually don’t give good head—or any head at all.)
Yiannopoulos continues, saying, “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. Pedophilia is attraction to people who don’t have functioning sex organs yet.”
A 13-year-old is not sexually mature but has barely begun puberty. And they’re certainly not emotionally mature enough to handle a sexual relationship with an adult.
Yiannopoulos goes on, saying, “I think in the gay world, some of the most important, enriching and incredibly life-affirming, important shaping relationships very often between younger boys and older men, they can be hugely positive experiences.”
He’s suggesting that man-boy love is normal among the gay community, which is a harmful stereotype that homophobes have long used to justify discrimination and violence against LGBTQ people.
This video has been floating around the internet for a long time, but it was brought up again by the Reagan Battalion, a conservative group angered by the Conservative Political Action Conference’s (CPAC) decision to appoint Yiannopoulos as its keynote speaker this year.
On his Facebook page, Yiannopoulos wrote, “I do not support pedophilia. Period. It is a vile and disgusting crime, perhaps the very worst.” But he had said previously that having sex with a 13-year-old is not really pedophilia, so this isn’t much of a defense.
We here at Unicorn Booty support intergenerational relationships, but only if the people involved are both adults. Having a hot sugar daddy is great! Having sex with an eighth-grader is sex abuse.
Conservatives, who have defended Yiannopoulos’s practice of doxing trans women, wearing a Nazi-era iron cross, preaching Islamophobia and threatening to blackmail a former employee in order to get out of paying her salary, have finally found a bridge they won’t cross. Many of them are disgusted.
I just listened to the Rogan/Milo interview. #Milo was absolutely permissive of pedophilia. It's not controversial or edgy. It's deviant.
— John Cardillo (@johncardillo) February 20, 2017
If this is "conservatism," then conservatism is even more perverse, disgusting, and insane than liberalism. https://t.co/JwLobEOTS4
— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) February 19, 2017
This is pederasty and it is wicked and vile. https://t.co/gtqhgSNZgU
— Steve Deace (@SteveDeaceShow) February 19, 2017
It’s an interesting look into what appears to be a growing rift among the conservative movement. As conservatism has become increasingly reactionary, more conservative pundits seem more inclined towards offending liberals than actually standing up for political convictions. When your entire political philosophy boils down to “be offensive,” you find yourself getting involved with some truly loathsome characters and saying some truly loathsome things.
Remember that conservatives (and many centrists and liberals) have defended Yiannopoulos, saying that he deserves free speech and has an important perspective deserving a platform. Out Magazine gave this guy a flattering eight-page spread late last year.
But we hope Yiannopoulos’s defenders will at least draw the line at sex abuse apologia. We also hope Simon and Schuster are feeling pretty uncomfortable right about now for giving him a lucrative book deal.
We also hope that this will finally kill his career and make him go away—preferably to a place more than 1,000 feet from a school zone.
Update: CPAC has rescinded its invitation to Yiannopoulos to act as keynote speaker. He will not be permitted to speak at the conference.