Editor at Breitbart out, can’t overcome reaction to abuse comments

Breitbart is making more news today, this time for the resignation of their news editor.

Milo Yiannopoulos speaks during a news conference, Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, in New York.  Yiannopoulos has resigned as editor of Breitbart Tech after coming under fire from other conservatives over comments on sexual relationships between boys and older men. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Milo Yiannopoulos speaks during a news conference, Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, in New York. Yiannopoulos has resigned as editor of Breitbart Tech after coming under fire from other conservatives over comments on sexual relationships between boys and older men. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Milo Yiannopoulos announced his resignation Tuesday following The Reagan Battalion, a conservative news outlet, tweeting a video Sunday of Yiannopoulos speaking on various occasions.

The video included a live stream where he appears to have said he approves of situations of sexual relations with boys as young as 13 and joked about a sexual encounter he said he had with a Catholic priest as a teenager.

“You’re misunderstanding what pedophilia means,” he told the hosts of a podcast. “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.”

In the press conference where he announced his resignation as editor at Breitbart News, Yiannopoulos said that while Breitbart had stood by him, he didn’t want to disrupt the work of the friends he had made there.

“I would be wrong to allow my poor choice of words to detract from my colleagues important job, which is why today I am resigning from Breitbart,” Yiannopoulos said. “This decision is mine alone.”

Yiannopoulos concludes his career at Breitbart with an apology, but not without first taking a stab at other media reporting.  

“This is a cynical media witch hunt from people who don’t care about children,” Yiannopoulos said. “They care about destroying me and my career, and by extension my allies. These videos have been out there for more than a year. The media held this story back because they don’t care about victims, they only care about bringing me down. They will fail.”

The American Conservation Union had invited Yiannopoulos to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) which begins tomorrow, however, swiftly reacted to the videos tweeted Sunday.

“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,” said Matt Schlapp, President of the American Conservative Union in a statement.

Quickly following the rescinded invitation, Yiannopoulos confirmed in a Facebook post that his book, “Dangerous”, which was scheduled to be released by Simon and Schuster in June, has been cancelled.

“They cancelled my book,” said the Facebook post.

However it didn’t stay cancelled for long. Yiannopoulos said Tuesday that his book has received interest from other publishers.

“The book will come out this year as planned,” Yiannopoulos said. “I will be donating 10 per cent of my royalties to child sex abuse charities.”

Yiannopoulos said that he also plans to announce a new, independently-funded media venture of his own and a live tour in the coming weeks.

“Don’t think for a moment that this will stop me being as offensive, provocative and outrageously funny as I want on any subject I want,” Yiannopoulos said. “The land of the First Amendment has some of the most oppressive social restrictions on free expression anywhere in the western world. I’m proud to be a warrior for free speech and creative expression.”