“They canceled my book” – Yiannopoulos, Facebook.
Autobiography, Dangerous was due out on the 13th June this year. Around 9 hours ago, publisher Simon and Schuster cancelled the contract after comments Milo made in a podcast led to a wave of criticism against his brand. It is widely believed the publisher has paid up to $250,000 up front for the deal but clearly felt that Milo had crossed ethical lines during his live discussion early this week.
The controversy is centred around comments Yiannopoulos made on a podcast where he appeared to sympathise with child sexual exploitation and pedophilia.
Milo commented that the age of consent is “not this black and white thing” and that relationships “between younger boys and older men … can be hugely positive experiences”.
Previously to the book deal being cancelled, Milo also had his invitation rescinded to speak at an event alongside President Trump at the CPAC conference, the event organisers released a statement citing the “offensive video … condoning paedophilia”. It is also reported that employees at Breitbart have also expressed concern about Milo and some have threatened to resign, if Yiannopoulos is not sacked (Guardian).
There is a crucial piece of information most of the main stream media are not reporting, however.
Milo himself, when he was 17, had a relationship with a man who was over 10 years his age and it was considered between the two, a long term relationship. He has also purportedly been a victim of child sexual abuse when he was younger.
Milo released a video last night before his book deal was cancelled to his Facebook page – as he has been banned from Twitter – saying this: “In most cases – you guys know – if I say something outrageous or offensive, in most cases my only regret is that I didn’t piss off more people, but in this case if I could do it again I wouldn’t phrase things the same way. Because it’s led to confusion.”
The video itself is now unavailable, however he did release a statement which you can read here where he denies the allegation he supports the lowering of the age of consent and child sexual exploitation generally. There is also an upcoming press-conference scheduled to take place later today, which looks to address this further as well as the book deal, which MildlyRight will report on.
Ultimately, time will tell if Milo can survive this. As a blog which is a strong supporter for the values which Milo himself fights for, I personally hope the wider community does not see this as a black and white issue and also appreciates the wider context of the situation, and his broader work, which I have attempted to outline here.
“I’ve gone through worse. This will not defeat me.” – Yiannopoulos, Facebook.
Milo’s press conference will be today at 3pm in NYC.
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