Yiannopou­los re­signs as ed­i­tor of Bre­it­bart Tech

Cape Breton Post - - CLASSIFIEDS/WORLD -

Po­lar­iz­ing right-wing writer Milo Yiannopou­los re­signed as an ed­i­tor at Bre­it­bart News on Tues­day and apol­o­gized for com­ments he had made about sex­ual re­la­tion­ships be­tween boys and men.

Yiannopou­los, speak­ing to re­porters, said that two men, in­clud­ing a priest, had touched him in­ap­pro­pri­ately when he was be­tween the ages of 13 and 16.

“My ex­pe­ri­ences as a vic­tim led me to be­lieve I could say any­thing I wanted to on this sub­ject, no mat­ter how out­ra­geous,’’ he said. “But I un­der­stand that my usual blend of Bri­tish sar­casm, provo­ca­tion and gal­lows hu­mour might have come across as flip­pancy, a lack of care for other vic­tims or, worse, ad­vo­cacy. I am hor­ri­fied by that im­pres­sion.’’

He said he was re­sign­ing from Bre­it­bart, which helped make him a star, be­cause it would be “wrong to al­low my poor choice of words to de­tract from my col­leagues’ im­por­tant re­port­ing.’’

The apol­ogy fol­lowed days of crit­i­cism from fel­low con­ser­va­tives af­ter the re­lease of video clips in which Yiannopou­los ap­peared to de­fend sex­ual re­la­tion­ships be­tween men and boys as young as 13.

In one of them, Yiannopou­los, who is gay, said re­la­tion­ships be­tween boys and men could “help those young boys dis­cover who they are and give them se­cu­rity and safety and pro­vide them with love and a re­li­able sort of rock, where they can’t speak to their par­ents.’’

On Mon­day, he was dis­in­vited from the Con­ser­va­tive Po­lit­i­cal Ac­tion Con­fer­ence af­ter video of his re­marks was pro­moted through so­cial me­dia.

Pub­lisher Si­mon & Schus­ter an­nounced it would can­cel the publi­ca­tion of his up­com­ing book, “Dan­ger­ous.’’

Yiannopou­los said the book had al­ready re­ceived in­ter­est from other pub­lish­ers and would still come out this year. He pledged to do­nate 10 per cent of the pro­ceeds to child sex abuse char­i­ties.

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