On Saturday, Breitbart senior editor Milo Yiannopoulos secured an invitation to speak at CPAC 2017, but the invitation was rescinded shortly after a sordid video dealing with pedophilia and underage sex was released by the Reagan Battalion.
According to NY Mag:
Initial reports said Yiannopoulos would be the keynote speaker at the event, which will be held in Maryland later this week, but he’s actually just one of more than 75 speakers, including Vice-President Mike Pence. Still, as Breitbart gleefully noted following the announcement, “Both leftists and establishment conservatives have taken to Twitter to express their outrage.”
Washingtonian reported that even some board members of the American Conservative Union, which hosts CPAC, felt “blindsided” by the announcement. “The ACU board was not consulted on this, nor was there a board vote,” tweeted ACU board member Ned Ryun. Others pointed out that last week Yiannopoulos told Bill Maher, “I don’t know if I’m conservative.”
By Sunday, that was the least of CPAC’s concerns. The Reagan Battalion, a conservative blog, tweeted out a video of Yiannopoulos making anti-Semitic remarks and railing against the “arbitrary and oppressive idea of consent.” First, he claims that when female teachers have sex with their male students, “The boy is the predator in that situation.”
🚨 Breaking: We obtained the #CPAC2017 Milo Yiannopoulos introductory video.
This is a must watch!
— The Reagan Battalion (@ReaganBattalion) February 19, 2017
NY Mag added:
Later, the Reagan Battalion posted a longer, unedited clip, and linked to the source: an episode of the Drunken Peasants podcast uploaded to YouTube on January 4, 2016. After one of the co-hosts defends age-of-consent laws, using 13-year-old boys as an example, Yiannopoulos responds:
The law is probably about right, that’s probably roughly the right age, I think it’s probably about okay, but there are certainly people who are capable of giving consent at a younger age. I certainly consider myself to be one of them.
When he’s accused of defending pedophilia, Yiannopoulos says the co-host doesn’t understand what the term means:
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 who have not gone through puberty.
Hebephilia is the term for a sexual interest in pubescent children, roughly ages 11 to 14, and ephebophilia refers to an interest in older adolescents. The lowest and most common age of consent across the U.S. is 16.
On Monday, ACU Chairman Mat Schlapp released a statement in which he said Milo would not be speaking at the conservative gathering:
— Matt Schlapp (@mschlapp) February 20, 2017
Milo will be disinvited from #CPAC, I've just been told.
— Guy Benson (@guypbenson) February 20, 2017
Milo issued a post on Facebook in which he adamantly denies approval of pedophilia:
Reaction to Milo’s post was somewhat mixed, but quite a few did not appreciate Schlapp’s decision:
Why do you hate free speech? 🙃
— Parker Molloy (@ParkerMolloy) February 20, 2017
But of course when OTHER people don't want him to speak they are PC snowflakes who hate 1st Am. Hypocrites.
— Andrew Case (@AClaudeCase) February 20, 2017
H/T: Jeff Dunetz
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