BREAKING! MILO Resigns from Breitbart News
Controversial figure Milo Yiannopoulos, recently embroiled in scandal over pedophilia comments, formally resigned from Breitbart today.
In the podcast in question Yiannopoulos’ endorsed pedophilia and joked about his experiences as a victim of child sexual abuse by a Catholic priest.
In a statement issued today, Yiannopoulos said:
“Breitbart News has stood by me when others caved. They have allowed me to carry conservative and libertarian ideas to communities that would otherwise never have heard them,” Yiannopoulos said in a statement. “They have been a significant factor in my success. I’m grateful for that freedom and for the friendships I forged there. I would be wrong to allow my poor choice of words to detract from my colleagues’ important reporting, so today I am resigning from Breitbart, effective immediately. This decision is mine alone.”
He added: “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.”
Yiannopoulos has been a confrontation provocateur, offending women, Muslims, blacks, and gay people since 2014 when he started at Breitbart.
Breitbart also issued a statement:
“Milo Yiannopoulos’ bold voice has sparked much-needed debate on important cultural topics confronting universities, the LGBTQ community, the press, and the tech industry. Milo notified us this morning of his decision to resign as editor of Breitbart Tech and we accepted his resignation.”
Yiannopoulos’ speaking tour sparked protests on college campuses over the past year, including one earlier this month at UC Berkeley that turned violent. In reaction, President Trump threatened on Twitter to cut off federal funds to the school if it “does not allow free speech and practices violence on innocent people with a different point of view.”
Regarding the CPAC scandal, Yiannopoulos conceded on Monday:
“I’m partly to blame. My own experiences as a victim led me to believe I could say anything I wanted to on this subject, no matter how outrageous. But I understand that my usual blend of British sarcasm, provocation and gallows humor might have come across as flippancy, a lack of care for other victims or, worse, ‘advocacy.’ I deeply regret that. People deal with things from their past in different ways.”
He added: “I am certainly guilty of imprecise language, which I regret.”