Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos under fire after seemingly condoning sex with minors

The right-wing firebrand was discovered to have made comments that may alienate even his die-hard followers

By Matthew Rozsa

Staff Writer

Published February 20, 2017 3:30PM (EST)

 (Jeremy Papasso/Daily Camera via AP, File)
(Jeremy Papasso/Daily Camera via AP, File)

Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos has encouraged harassment of a transgendered student, egged on the misogynistic Gamergate movementflirted with the alt right movement, and been banned from Twitter for bullying Leslie Jones. Yet despite these controversies, Yiannopoulos seems to have had a banner year, from signing a mammoth book deal to being asked to serve as the keynote speaker for this year's Conservative Political Action Conference.

That all may change, however, after an old Yiannopoulos interview emerged, one in which he seemingly defended sex with minors.

"In the homosexual world particularly, some of those relationships between younger boys and older men the sort of coming of age relationships relationships in which those older men have helped 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," Yiannopoulos said during an interview with The Drunken Peasants.

Yiannopoulos went on to say: "You’re misunderstanding what pedophilia means. Pedophilia is not a sexual attraction to somebody 13 years old, who is sexually mature. 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."

Another clip posted by The Reagan Battalion showed Yiannopoulos perpetuating Jewish stereotypes. In the clip, he argued to Dave Rubin of The Rubin Report that "it's a statistical fact, Jews own most of the banks, Jews completely dominate the media, vastly disproportionately represented in all of these professions."

In a Facebook post defending himself, Yiannopoulos insisted that he doesn't support pedophilia and views it as "a vile and disgusting crime, perhaps the very worst." He denounces the videos as "selectively edited," even though The Reagan Battalion posted unedited clips. Milo also characterized his statements about "boys" as "sloppy phrasing."

In addition, Yiannopoulos claimed that he outed three pedophiles during his career. He said he repeatedly denounced pedophilia in the past, but stood by his statement that "there are relationships between younger men and older men that can help a young gay man escape from a lack of support or understanding at home."

"I was not talking about anything illegal and I was not referring to pre-pubescent boys,"Yiannopoulos wrote. He argued that his comment about learning how to give good blowjobs from a priest was an "edgy way" of coping with a sex crime perpetrated against him as a teenager, comparing it to the "gallows humor" displayed by individuals who have AIDS.

Yiannopoulos' terminology is technically correct — someone who is sexually attracted to pubescent children (11 to 14) is a hebephile. Someone who is attracted to adolescents is an ephebophile. Nevertheless, it is still illegal in most parts of the Western world for an adult to have sex with a minor, a practice that Yiannopoulos was accused of defending in the clips.



By Matthew Rozsa

Matthew Rozsa is a staff writer for Salon. He holds an MA in History from Rutgers University-Newark and is ABD in his PhD program in History at Lehigh University. His work has appeared in Mic, Quartz and MSNBC.

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