Yiannopoulos after CPAC invitation revoked: ‘I’m partly to blame’

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Far-right provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos took to Facebook Monday afternoon to denounce claims he was defending pedophilia in a video that re-emerged on Sunday.

The post follows the news that the American Conservative Union (ACU) had revoked Yiannopoulos’s invitation to speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) after a backlash over the January 2016 clip in which he says relationships between older men and young boys can be beneficial. 

{mosads}”I am a gay man, and a child abuse victim,” Yiannopoulos wrote Monday on Facebook. “I would like to restate my utter disgust at adults who sexually abuse minors. I am horrified by pedophilia and I have devoted large portions of my career as a journalist to exposing child abusers. I’ve outed three of them, in fact — three more than most of my critics. And I’ve repeatedly expressed disgust at pedophilia in my feature and opinion writing. My professional record is very clear.

“But I do understand that these videos, even though some of them are edited deceptively, paint a different picture.”

It is the second Facebook post from Yiannopoulos after the tapes resurfaced.

“I’m partly to blame. My own experiences as a victim led me to believe I could say anything I wanted to on this subject, no matter how outrageous,” he continued in the Monday post. “But I understand that my usual blend of British sarcasm, provocation and gallows humor might have come across as flippancy, a lack of care for other victims or, worse, ‘advocacy.’ I deeply regret that.”

ACU Chairman Matt Schlapp said Yiannopoulos’s attempts to address the tapes have fallen short, calling the remarks “disturbing.”

“We realize that Mr. Yiannopoulos has responded on Facebook, but it is insufficient,” Schlapp said in a statement. “It is up to him to answer the tough questions and we urge him to immediately further address these disturbing comments.”

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