Senior editor of alt-right news website Breitbart, Milo Yiannopoulos, resigned from his position today amid outrage over a video in which the young editor appeared to defend pedophiles
In an interview on the Joe Rogan Experience (JRE), a podcast led by comedian Joe Rogan, senior editor of Breitbart news, Milo Yiannopoulos repeatedly defended older gay men having sexual relations with underage gay teenage boys. The interview had been conducted last year but resurfaced recently after Milo’s increasing notoriety for being an outspoken gay conservative had landed him an interview on Bill Maher last week.
The Bill Maher interview showed a more flamboyant yet nervous side of Yiannopoulos who remained outspoken but easily riled up on issues of transgender bathroom use and freedom of speech. Regardless, his arguments remained tame in comparison to his online persona and the words he spoke on JRE last year when he told Rogan that it was common for young teenage gay boys to have sex with older gay men and that he didn’t believe Rogan was telling the truth when Rogan said he didn’t find 15 year old girls attractive.
Here is the video:
Yiannopoulos took to Facebook to announce his resignation from Breitbart, after a plethora of youtube videos and media articles were published today regarding his JRE interview. He also apologized for his comments and announced a live spoken word tour for a new book release, along with a new media company, stating that he would be donating a percentage of his proceeds to charities to help victims of sexual abuse from pedophiles. He writes,
But let’s be clear what is happening here. This is a cynical media witch hunt from people who don’t care about children. They care about destroying me and my career, and by extension my allies. They know that although I made some outrageous statements, I’ve never actually done anything wrong. 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 Facebook post, however, contradicts his earlier statement on JRE that he was 14-years-old at the time of his sexual encounter with a priest in England, and states that he was in fact 17, which is legal in the UK. The journalist’s inconsistency with facts has been called into question by a number of critics throughout his short career and is bound to cause waves this week as liberal political activists organize to protest his future tours the way they did in Berkeley, California this winter, which had effectively shut his lecture down.