Outspoken Far Right commentator Milo Yiannopoulos is feeling the sting of yet another rebuke today after publishing giant Simon & Schuster canceled the June release of his upcoming book, Dangerous.
Yiannopoulos, an editor at the Atl-Right site Breitbart, is a divisive figure whose appearances on college campuses have sparked outrage and massive protests. Most recently, the writer’s scheduled event at UC Berkley was canceled amid demonstrations and unrest.
A hero to some on the Right who claim to champion anti-political correctness and free speech, Yiannopoulos was slated appear at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) later this year, but his invite was rescinded when a video surfaced of the British writer defending the sexual abuse of children.
In the video, which was recorded years ago but just surfaced on Twitter, Yiannopoulos downplays the horrific nature of pedophilia.
“You’re misunderstanding what pedophilia means. Pedophilia is not a sexual attraction to somebody 13 years old who is sexually mature,” he said. “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.”
— Reagan Battalion (@ReaganBattalion) February 20, 2017
After the video was released, American Conservative Union Chair Matt Schlapp issued a statement canceling Yiannopoulos’ speaking engagement.
“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,” he said.
— Matt Schlapp (@mschlapp) February 20, 2017
Shortly after CPAC’s announcement, Simon & Schuster followed suit, releasing a brief statement of their own.
“After careful consideration, Simon & Schuster and its Threshold Editions imprint have cancelled publication of Dangerous by Milo Yiannopoulos.”
Yiannopoulos took to Facebook to reiterate his support for abuse victims, although he admitted “that these videos, even though some of them are edited deceptively, paint a different picture.”
Though CPAC and Simon and Schuster have rightly parted ways with Yiannopoulos now that his horrific comments on sexual abuse have surfaced, it’s quite odd that his history of racism, homophobia, sexism, Islamophobia, and xenophobia weren’t enough to prevent them from welcoming him in the first place.