The largest conservative conference of the year – known as CPAC – is in the process of self-immolation after the invited keynote speaker, professional bigot Milo Yiannopoulos was recorded not only defending pedophilia but actually encouraging it.
In a hangout session recorded and posted online, the Breitbart writer is seen explaining to the group (including one person inexplicably wearing a wrestling mask) why raping children isn’t always bad. His justification was horrific.
“This arbitrary and oppressive idea of consent, which totally destroys the understanding that many of us have of the complexities and subtleties and complicated nature of many relationships.”
The relationship he was specifically referring to was talking about an adult having sex with a 13-year-old boy. Even the guy in the wrestling mask seemed embarrassed to be a part of this.
Yiannopoulos went on to suggest that boys who are raped as kids might experience a sexual awakening from the ordeal and might grow to enjoy it. This, again, is the logic rapists use to explain away their crimes.
— The Reagan Battalion (@ReaganBattalion) February 19, 2017
CPAC has yet to officially drop Yiannopoulos.
It’s hard to feel bad for the conference organizers. The conservative mecca has long been home to some of the most vile Republican ideologies out there. Guest speakers are oftentimes selected specifically for their willingness to support homophobia and other “conservative values” not in line with America in the 21st century. Despite that, many Republican politicians flock to the conference each year to suck up to the ultra-conservative right.
This is what they are getting this year:
"Those relationships where older men help young boys discover who they are…" – CPAC keynote speaker https://t.co/JwLobEOTS4
— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) February 19, 2017
Both Vice President Mike Pence and Sen. Ted Cruz have agreed to also speak at the event.
Milo Yiannopoulos was most likely selected for his recent dabbles into transphobia and bullying. He was very publicly banned from Twitter in 2016 after he went on a racist campaign against actress Leslie Jones, whom he insisted was barely literate and looked like a man. On a speaking tour around the country, he’s several times targeted individuals within the trans community and encouraged his fans to harass. For these efforts he was to be honored at the “family values” conference.
Yiannopoulos was also recently on an episode of Real Time with Bill Maher where he and host said liberals were being too sensitive and he tried to argue that he was merely “trolling.” Watching the video above, it does not appear that he is just “trolling” or “joking” or “being provocative” – it looks like he is entirely serious about his stance on child rape.
The question now is: Does CPAC hate the LGBT community so much that they will stand by Milo?
UPDATE: Nearly 24 hours after Milo’s video surfaced, CPAC has dropped him from speaking.
BREAKING: ACU rescinds Milo's invitation to CPAC –> pic.twitter.com/gmHLQj3CdK
— Elaina Plott (@elainaplott) February 20, 2017
Featured image via HBO