Milo Yiannopoulos has always gone past what’s acceptable

Our Opinion

It was announced Tuesday that controversial media personality and Breitbart News editor Milo Yiannopoulos had stepped down following yet another offensive and repulsive comment.

Before Milo Yiannopoulos gained (and lost) a Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) invitation, a book deal, and a job, the now-former Breitbart writer had already said and written many offensive things. That’s his appeal to the people who admire and elevate him: “Milo,” the personality, is built on the idea of triggering liberals. His Breitbart archives contain a regular stream of articles arguing all sorts of things designed to demean and offend: that feminism makes women ugly, that he would prefer it if teenagers self-harmed rather than discuss trans issues on Tumblr, and that women will be happy only if we “un-invent” the birth control pill and the washing machine.

None of these things, including the fact that the writer had already been banned from Twitter for, the platform said, inciting harassment against actress and Saturday Night Live comedian Leslie Jones, stopped Yiannopoulos from becoming a voice that CPAC felt was of value to their movement on free-speech grounds. Or for that matter, from appearing on Bill Maher’s HBO show and finding common ground with the more liberal comedian. Those opportunities for Yiannopoulos came right after the University of California at Berkeley canceled a speaking engagement of his because of intense protests — gaining him at least one indirect tweet from President Trump.

Yiannopoulos resignation came after a sordid video was made public showing the controversial figure apparently condoning pedophilia. In the 2015 clip, Yiannopoulos discusses a parish priest who had a sexual relationship with him when he was a teen.

 “It was perfectly consensual,” he said. “When I was the 14, I was the predator.” A later video shows Yiannopoulos defending sexual relationships between adults and “younger boys” in their teens.

Specifically, he says: “Some of those relationships between younger boys and older men, the sort of coming-of-age relationships, the relationships in which those older men help those young boys to discover who they are, and give them security and safety and provide them with love and a reliable and sort of a rock where they can’t speak to their parents.”

In Our Opinion, Yiannopoulos comments are shocking and nauseating. However, CPAC and other outlets were apparently on board with all the other hate speech he had spewed prior to his latest remarks. Has conservative commentary really come to the point where this type of offensive language is acceptable?