It’s been a tough week so far for Milo Yiannopoulos. Yesterday, some old videos of Milo surfaced that has seems to show him justifying pedophilia. His comments are indeed disturbing. He seems to justify his being molested by a 20-30 year old priests a 14 year old and sort of laughs it off like it’s no big deal.
Conservative blogger Matt Walsh had quite a bit to say about it:
Milo has made several statements admitting that what happened to him was, in fact, abuse (which he seemed to avoid in the video) and that he doesn’t justify it at all. He has exposed many pedophiles in his career and finds it disgusting. He also admits that what he said was in poor taste.
Milo also aired a video apology as well to his followers via Facebook live which has since been deleted.
Even Matt Walsh seems convinced of his sincerity in the video:
As a result of these new “revelations”, he was disinvited from speaking at CPAC. And now Simon & Schuster has canceled his book.
Here are my thoughts: Milo was clearly sexually abused as a child. I think Joe Rogan was asking him some very uncomfortable questions that he was not prepared for. It doesn’t seem characteristic of Milo to admit he is a victim and I’m sure he did not want to see himself as such. It seems as though now that he has had time to reflect on it, he does see himself that way. I hope that if he is truly disgusted by pedophilia, that he will expose the man that harmed him so that he cannot hurt anyone else.
Milo says that he had no idea he would become so famous when he said those things. I think many people, including myself, have said things that could be taken too seriously or taken out of context and used to make us look like terrible people if we were to become famous controversial figures.
It’s not really any shocker that Milo is somewhat sexually degenerate so should it really be that surprising that he would speak of his abuse in such a crass manner? I have heard some say that he should not be using his platform to normalize this but the fact that he was not nearly as possible shows me that was not his intention. He seemed caught off guard by the questions and I’m sure it’s not easy thing to talk about, so he laughed it off.
I hope that he will use his abuse to bring to light an issue that feminists tend to sweep under the rug: there are many boys who are victims of sexual abuse and never tell anyone. Perhaps we spend so much time worrying about our daughters that we forget about our sons sometimes. It’s important that we talk to our sons about what is appropriate and what is abuse as well. It does make me wonder though, if this abuse was the cause of his homosexuality, and how often that may the case with the increasing number of gay men in society.
Unfortunately, it looks like this is going to affect Milo quite negatively.