Published: Wed, February 22, 2017
Research | By Francis Brooks

Milo Yiannopoulos quits Breitbart and apologises for remarks

Milo Yiannopoulos quits Breitbart and apologises for remarks

He made the announcement that he was no longer working for the website at a news conference during which he apologized for comments that "might have come across as flippancy, or lack of care about other victims".

In his statement, Yiannopoulos said that the decision to resign was his alone.

CNN's Jake Tapper on Monday continued his criticism of far-right mouthpiece Milo Yiannopoulos slamming the Breitbart senior editor's defense of sexual relationships between 13-year-old boys and adult men as "still vile".

On Sunday, a video surfaced in which Yiannopoulos said some relationships between adults and 13-year-olds are consensual. "Pedophilia is attraction to children who have not reached puberty", he added.

The American Conservative Union rescinded his invitation to speak at its annual CPac conference while Simon & Schuster's conservative imprint, Threshold Editions, cancelled publication of his upcoming book, Dangerous.

But the partial apology hasn't stopped many one-time supporters from denouncing them, including Breitbart editor-in-chief Alex Marlow, who called the statements "absolutely indefensible", "appalling", and "disappointing".

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Nevertheless, Yiannopoulos praised Breitbart for its support.

"I will be announcing a new, independently-funded media venture of my own and a live tour in the coming weeks", he. "They allowed me to carry conservative and libertarian ideas to communities that would otherwise never have heard them". They have been a significant factor in my success. I'm grateful for Father Michael.

As you can imagine, there was a big reaction to the comments on social media, given Yiannopoulos is the spearhead of the alt-right movement which came to prominence during the recent U.S. election.

In a Facebook video that was on his page for a few hours on Monday before being deleted, Milo did not deny the claims, but said his comments were "stupidly worded".

In a series of Facebook posts, Yiannopoulous defended himself against critics, arguing the "deceptively edited" videos do not accurately reflect his opinion on pedophilia.

He said he did not mean some of the comments on the tapes and they do not reflect his views.

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