Milo Yiannopoulos, the conservative spokesperson and editor best known as a provocateur for Breitbart News, has today announced he is to resign from his Senior Editor role at the right-wing news group.
In a last-minute press release, Milo said:
When your friends have done right by you, you do right by them. For me, now, that means stepping aside so my colleagues at Breitbart can get back to the great work they do.
The news comes after two videos were released late in the weekend where Milo could be heard discussing pedophilia, the age of consent, and his own experiences of being a victim of child sexual exploitation.
Media outlets, and social media followers, largely condemned Milo for his remarks in the released tapes, suggesting he was ‘advocating pedophilia’ and ‘lowering the age of consent to 13’.
Milo, however, strongly denies these allegations, and in his press release stated:
I do not believe sex with 13-year olds is okay. When I mentioned the number 13, I was talking about myself, and the age I lost my own virginity.
Yesterday, Monday 20 February, Milo was dropped as a keynote speaker at the Conservative Political Action Convention for the remarks, and today seemingly adds to the major blows to the provocateur’s image.
Milo also suggested that his upcoming book, ‘Dangerous’, has been dropped by its publisher Simon and Schuster, however adds that the book has received interest from other publishers, and will still be released “this year as planned”. He then notified the press that 10% of royalties from the book’s sales would be donated to child sex abuse charities.
The controversial British star then took aim at the media, almost in echo of Donald Trump and his administration, stating:
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.
Much to both surprise, and expectation by fans, Milo said that he would “be announcing a new, independently-funded” media venture of his own, alongside a live tour in “the coming weeks” – an echo to his “Dangerous Faggot” tour of American college campuses over the past year.
The former tech-editor concluded with:
I want everyone in America, the greatest country in human civilisation, to be able to be, do, read and say anything. I will never stop fighting for your right to do that.
Milo Yiannopoulos was born ‘Milo Hanrahan’ on 18 October 1984. He is a British journalist, author, entrepreneur, public speaker, and former senior editor for Breitbart News, the fastest-growing far-right news and opinion website based in the United States. He originally wrote previously using the pseudonym ‘Milo Andreas Wagner’, however acknowledged further notoriety would be gained through dropping this.
Yiannopoulos had founded ‘The Kernel’, an internet-based tabloid magazine about technology, which he sold to ‘Daily Dot Media’ during 2014. He also wrote about the Gamergate controversy, which arguably rocketed the Briton to fame in America.
As a self-proclaimed “cultural libertarian”and “free speech fundamentalist”, as repeated in college campus tours throughout 2016, he is a vocal critic of fourth-wave feminism, the religion of Islam, social justice “warriors”, political correctness (in alignment with the campaign stance of Donald Trump during the 2016 American Election), and other movements and ideologies wherein he deems authoritarian, libertarian or belonging to the “regressive left” as he puts it.
Yiannopoulos considers himself a reporter/ journalist of and “occasional fellow traveller” with the alt-right movement. This was seemingly solidified through his ride in media prominence through 2016, with regular appearances on the mainstream media, such as in Sky News debates, televised forums, and also an appearance in the press pool to grill Obama’s administration in the West Wing of the White House in 2016.
His most controversial moment, up until these released tapes, was his permanent banning from Twitter in July 2016 for what the social media platform described as “inciting or engaging in the targeted abuse or harassment of others” – comedian/ actress Leslie Jones of the Ghostbusters remake being the alleged target, something Milo debuted and defends.
Yiannopoulos, as detailed above, resigned from Breitbart on 21 February 2017 following the resurfacing of tapes that sources across the political spectrum have negatively brandished as “supportive of pedophilia”. He denied having done that, and called the video selectively edited. This was repeated through his recent press release, as well as numerous Facebook postings defending his actions, whilst apologising for “miswording”.