Milo: Misunderstood or Miscreant

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Much has been said regarding the Milo Yiannopoulos controversy the past few days. If you have been living under a rock you may have missed the video of an interview that surfaced which was uncovered by an outfit known as Reagan Battalion where an exchange took place consisting of the following:

“We get hung up on this sort of child abuse stuff, to the point where we are heavily policing consensual adults. In the homosexual world, particularly, some of those relationships between younger boys and older men — the sort of ‘coming of age’ relationship — those relationships in which those older men help those young boys discover who they are and give them security and safety and provide them with love and a reliable, sort of rock, where they can’t speak to their parents.”

“It sounds like molestation to me. It sounds like Catholic priest molestation to me.” The interviewer replied.

“But you know what? I’m grateful for Father Michael. I wouldn’t give nearly such good head if it wasn’t for him,” Yiannopoulos quipped.

Milo’s Controversial Comments

Many so-called conservatives have rushed to defend the Breitbart News Senior Editor’s comments regarding the subject of Pedophilia while seemingly abandoning the basic sense of decency that separates them from our counterparts on the far left.

Milo himself, in a Facebook post attempted to clarify and explain his comments on Monday with a statement he issued that read:

 

A note for idiots (UPDATED):

I do not support pedophilia. Period. It is a vile and disgusting crime, perhaps the very worst. There are selectively edited videos doing the rounds, as part of a co-ordinated effort to discredit me from establishment Republicans, that suggest I am soft on the subject.

If it somehow comes across (through my own sloppy phrasing or through deceptive editing) that I meant any of the ugly things alleged, let me set the record straight: I am completely disgusted by the abuse of children.

Some facts to consider:

1. I have outed THREE pedophiles in my career as a journalist. That’s three more than any of my critics and a peculiar strategy for a supposed pedophile apologist.

(a) Luke Bozier, former business partner of Louise Mensch
http://kernelmag.dailydot.com/…/menshn-co-founder-embroile…/
http://kernelmag.dailydot.com/…/…/3746/luke-bozier-arrested/

(b) Nicholas Nyberg, anti-GamerGate activist who self-described as a pedophile and white nationalist
http://www.breitbart.com/…/leading-gamergate-critic-sarah-…/

(c) Chris Leydon, a London photographer who has a rape trial starting March 13 thanks to my reporting.
http://www.breitbart.com/…/tech-city-darling-chris-leydon-…/

2. I have repeatedly expressed disgust at pedophiles in my journalism.
http://www.breitbart.com/…/heres-why-the-progressive-left-…/

3. I have never defended and would never defend child abusers, as my reporting history shows. The world is messy and complicated, and I recognize it as such, as this furore demonstrates. But that is a red line for any decent person.

4. The videos do not show what people say they show. I *did* joke about giving better head as a result of clerical sexual abuse committed against me when I was a teen. If I choose to deal in an edgy way on an internet livestream with a crime I was the victim of that’s my prerogative. It’s no different to gallows humor from AIDS sufferers.

5. National Review, whose journalists are tweeting about this, published an article defending Salon for giving a pedophile a platform.

6. I did say that there are relationships between younger men and older men that can help a young gay man escape from a lack of support or understanding at home. That’s perfectly true and every gay man knows it. But I was not talking about anything illegal and I was not referring to pre-pubescent boys.

7. I said in the same “Drunken Peasants” podcast from which the footage is taken that I agree with the current age of consent.

8. I shouldn’t have used the word “boy” when I talked about those relationships between older men and younger gay men. (I was talking about my own relationship when I was 17 with a man who was 29. The age of consent in the UK is 16.) That was a mistake. Gay men often use the word “boy” when they refer to consenting adults. I understand that heterosexual people might not know that, so it was a sloppy choice of words that I regret.

9. This rush to judgment from establishment conservatives who hate Trump as much as they hate me, before I have had any chance to provide context or a response, is one of the big reasons gays vote Democrat.

10. In case there is any lingering doubt, here’s me, in the same interview the other footage is taken from, affirming that the current legal age of consent is about right: “And I think the law is probably about right. It’s probably roughly the right age. I think it’s probably about ok. But there are certainly people who are capable of giving consent at a younger age. I certainly consider myself to be one of them, people who were sexually active younger. I think it particularly happens in the gay world, by the way.”

Also brought to light were exchanges during a 2015 interview with radio personality Joe Rogan:

Milo-So you’re saying you’ve never seen a 15-year-old girl, at any point in your life, that you thought was hot?

Joe Rogan-Yeah, when I was 15! I’m not retarded dude.

Milo-No, when you were 25 or 30, you’ve never seen girls you thought were hot?

Joe Rogan-No, I thought they were little kids!

As the interview progressed the subject of a Father Michael, the alleged sexual predator that abused Yiannopoulos would be discussed. After Rogan called Father Michael a “Terrible Person” Milo attempted to defend the incident by stating, “It wasn’t molestation,” to which Rogan replied, “That’s absolutely molestation,”

 

The most disturbing aspect of the interview to me was when Yiannopoulos talked about a Hollywood party he went to years ago that had “very young boys” in attendance for sex.

According to research conducted over the past 40 years adults who commit sexual offenses against children tend to : (Credit: www.livingwell.org.au)

  • Show greater aggression and violence, non-violent criminality, anger/hostility, substance abuse, paranoia/mistrust, and have diagnosable antisocial personality disorders.
  • Be more likely to show anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, and external locus of control (i.e. feel that they are not in control of, or responsible for, their own actions).
  • Generally have more problematic sexual patterns (including fantasies and sexualised coping strategies).
  • Have low social skill/competence, report more feelings of loneliness, more difficulties with intimate relationships, and lack of secure attachment.
  • Have poorer histories of family functioning, including more harsh discipline, poorer attachment or bonding, and generally worse functioning of their family of origin, including physical abuse, and sexual abuse.
  • Express more tolerant attitudes to child sexual abuse and minimize the perpetrators culpability.

The final bullet point is the one is find the most concerning. Sexual abuse tends to be cyclical. The fact that he could so casually discuss parties that offered young boys available for sex without immediately denouncing it or expressing any effort to stop it is indicative of a need for immediate counseling. Milo may unfortunately be a ticking time-bomb that is a danger to himself or others.

I have no doubt that Milo was an innocent victim in his childhood exchanges with “Father Michael” whether he may have felt that he was of the maturity level to grant consent or not. Considering the suicide rates among the sexually abused we can only pray that our charismatic and Pro-Trump political brother gets the help he needs. Please pray.

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