Provocateur and CPAC Speaker Milo Yiannopoulos Celebrates Relationships Between 13-Year-Old Boys and Older Men
Update: CPAC has since disinvited Milo Yiannopoulos from speaking this week. Spokesman Matt Schlapp said in a statement that Yiannopoulos’ attempts to address the video clip have fallen short, calling the remarks “disturbing.”
Editor’s Note: This article contains quotes from Yiannopoulos that are sexually explicit.
The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) announced Breitbart writer Milo Yiannopoulos will be speaking at the annual gathering in National Harbor, Md. later this week. Yiannopoulos recently made headlines when social activists rioted at UC-Berkeley to prevent him from speaking.
He is back in the news today as conservatives register their outrage and disgust over recently surfaced comments he made defending pederasty and joking about molestation and sexual assault.
The Reagan Battalion posted a video yesterday bringing Milo’s comments to light.
— The Reagan Battalion (@ReaganBattalion) February 20, 2017
Milo is a gay man noted for his outspoken support of Donald Trump, whom he calls “Daddy” for the sake of the reactions he gets. His schtick is posh-accented camp, and his reward is the outrage his comments trigger.
The right response should be easy enough: turn off, tune out, and don’t give Milo the attention he craves. Maybe spend that time reading about actual conservative intellectuals who are being punished for their beliefs. A good point from University of Washington president Ana Mari Cauce, who urged upset students not to ignore Milo but to “stay away” from his scheduled lecture there:
A. I never said “ignore,” I said “stay away.” There’s a difference. Look, this is a marathon, not a sprint. Folks need to think about how to use their energy and how to be strategic. What strategy do you want to use in what situation? The reason why I believed that he was not the most strategic thing to protest is that that’s what he feeds off, that’s what he makes money off.
Think about it for a second. If there had been no protest, what you’d see is a line of mostly white men, who might be described by some as “macho,” standing in line for hours to see a gay man in a boa in essence perform camp.
If CPAC wants to champion free speech on college campuses, they should have invited someone like Robert Oscar Lopez (also a Trump supporter, BTW), who has been hounded for his work advocating for children’s rights. As Lopez pointed out after the Berkeley riots, Milo’s campus lectures only serve to raise Milo’s profile, all while conservative professors are quietly expelled.
Instead of the positive reinforcement of a boycott or a protest of Milo, conservatives attending CPAC might choose to leave the hall quietly when he speaks, or taking to Twitter to champion those who fight against sexual assault in locker rooms, like the heroic Kaeley Triller Haver. Don’t forget what Milo said, and don’t forget that CPAC invited him to speak. But don’t give him the attention he wants. Don’t feed the trolls.