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Breitbart Fires Milo Yiannopoulos over Pedophilia Backlash


(Posted 02/21/2017)   Milo Yiannopoulos, an editor of the controversial Breitbart website, has been fired amid outrage surrounding his remarks supporting pedophilia. News of Yiannopoulos' departure came shortly before he was scheduled to deliver a Manhattan news conference to discuss his speaking engagements and cancelled book.

Inexplicably styled like Harry Potter, Yiannopoulos declared, "Breitbart have allowed me to carry conservative and libertarian ideas to communities that otherwise never have heard them. Yet now they caved under liberal faked outrage and turned on one of their champions."

"I would be wrong to stay in the midst of such arrogant poseurs," he continued, "so today I am resigning from Breitbart, effective immediately."

In fact, Breitbart had fired him 90 minutes earlier.

Yiannopoulos' personal stock was already in freefall after his remarks cost him a book deal and several hefty speaking fees. The Conservative Political Action Conference dropped a scheduled speech from Yiannopoulos, and Simon & Schuster canceled its deal for his autobiography, which was due in June. A source at Simon and Schuster who requested anonymity stated that the publishing company has demanded their one million dollar advance be returned within 5 days.

Breitbart editor-in-chief Alex Marlow said Tuesday that Yiannopoulos' remarks supporting pedophilia are "absolutely indefensible," even though Marlow still refused to discuss about how the comments came to light. "They're appalling and very disappointing," Marlow said during Breitbart's morning radio show.

Video from the "Drunken Peasants" podcast showed Yiannopoulos championing pedophilia as something that can give boys security and safety and provide them with love and a "reliable rock where they can't speak to their parents." He also said he taught a Catholic priest how to give oral sex.

Marlow also affirmed that the tape's reemergence was not some kind of coordinated hit from the left. "Milo Yiannopoulos' bold voice for the Alt-Right had been superceded by his excessive self-promotion and overbearing hunger for media attention. He overstayed his welcome," the news site said in a statement.