Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos denied “defending pedophilia” after CNN’s Jake Tapper and others called him out Sunday for recorded remarks, recorded a year ago, regarding “pedophilia”.
— The Reagan Battalion (@ReaganBattalion) February 20, 2017
Let me make myself clear when I say this: I’m not defending Milo or his words.
I have stood firmly that rapists and pedophiles should be slapped with strict justice, including but not limited to castration and in certain cases even capital punishment.
The video which Milo is seen in discussing pedophilia, made me sick to my stomach and is very disturbing. From the moment I watched the video, until very recently my opinion of the free speech advocate completely fell by the waist side.
Then I read Milo’s response, which I do understand was conjured up and screwed together to turn public opinion, but my opinion changed somewhat. His response not only pulled back the curtain of his own sexual abuse as a minor but also lead to show the deeper meaning of context in the remarks.
Again I DO NOT condone what he said, but let’s look at the facts:
Milo has in fact exposed pedophiles and pedophilia in his reporting:
Louise Mensch’s former business partner Luke Bozier, anti-Gamergate activist Nicholas Nyberg and tech reporter Chris Leydon were all targets of Milo’s reporting. The Breitbart editor also drafted a lengthy attack on pedophiles and their alleged progressive defenders in 2015. As he pointed out-
“Three more than many of my critics…”.
Milo pulled back the curtain on his own sexual abuse as a minor:
Milo opened his statement by saying “I am a gay man, and a child abuse victim….” adding “I’m partly to blame. My own experiences as a victim led me to believe I could say anything I wanted to on this subject, no matter how outrageous..”. He also points out that he has made these poorly used phrases and jokes regarding his abuse to get over his abuse as a minor.
Context and poorly used phrasing has in fact caused this controversy:
Specifically, Milo’s statement pointed out his choice of using the word “boy”. Milo retracted what he had said, giving the notion that boy is used by gay men, “often do to describe young men of consenting age”. Especially in the realm of context, his meaning and intention is key to public reaction. Context which is sadly looked over so frequently, is single handedly the thread which holds our free society with free speech together.
Milo has since been disinvited from CPAC, which I believe the ACU have every right to do, although I disagree with it. Even though both decisions to invite and disinvite were only for PR purposes. On top of being disinvited, his new book titled “Dangerous” was canceled by publisher Simon & Schuster and its Threshold Editions, despite the book being on Amazon’s best-seller lists.
In conclusion, I completely and unequivocally disapprove of the words used by Milo, but I will always stand for context of a situation and will always respect remorse which has been clearly portrayed by Milo through his statement.
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