Chairman of the American Conservative Union, Matt Schlapp, released a statement Monday rescinding their invitation for controversial activist Milo Yiannopoulos to speak at their Conservative Action Political Conference (CPAC) this week.
Matt Schlapp released the following statement via Twitter:
“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. We continue to believe that CPAC is a constructive forum for controversies and disagreements among conservatives, however there is no disagreement among attendees on the evils of sexual abuse of children.”
— Matt Schlapp (@mschlapp) February 20, 2017
Also via Twitter, CNN correspondent Ryan Lizza stated that Milo Yiannopoulos was unaware of the decision by the ACU and that he still plans to attend CPAC in Washington D.C.
I just got off the phone with Milo Y. He was unaware of this decision and said he's probably still coming to DC. https://t.co/YxCAjLyC7I
— Ryan Lizza (@RyanLizza) February 20, 2017
The pro-pedophilia comments the surfaced in the past twenty-four hours caused major outrage among conservatives and liberals alike especially on social media.
Milo is not a martyr for free speech. He's a martyr for degeneracy and pederasty.
— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) February 20, 2017
You can like Milo and what he stands for without defending his every move. Some things are just not okay. You're allowed to draw a line.
— Danielle Butcher (@DaniSButcher) February 20, 2017
Take note protestors: We got Milo’s appearance rescinded without setting any cars on fire. It can be done without giving him what he wants.
— Ben (@BenHowe) February 20, 2017
GOP: How dare those Berkeley libtards silence Milo? We'll have him headline CPAC. That'll show em!
Milo: I support pedophilia.
GOP: Oh shit.
— Matthew Chapman (@fawfulfan) February 20, 2017
So CPAC's keynote speaker Milo Yiannopolis thinks pedophilia is OK especially between men and boys. Gotta love those conservative christians
— philip harris (@pharris830) February 20, 2017
so… let's get this straight
some of you are defending Milo's comments supporting sexual abuse because you like the way he offends people
— Haley Byrd (@byrdinator) February 20, 2017
If you haven’t been following the news of Milo Yiannopoulos’ outrageous pro-pedophilia comments, here’s what happened:
Following the announcement by the American Conservative Union that Milo Yiannopoulos would be speaking at their CPAC event at the end of February, a video surfaced containing audio with Yiannopoulos defending sexual abuse of children by gay men.
Milo Yiannopoulos defended himself in the following statement:
“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 sort of rock.”
Watch the video of his comments below:
— The Reagan Battalion (@ReaganBattalion) February 20, 2017
What do you think about Milo’s comments? Was CPAC justified in canceling his speech? Let us know in the comments below and on Twitter!