Milo Yiannopoulos: Defended pederasty?

Claim:  A rumor and video on the Internet accuses Milo Yiannopoulos of defending pederasty.

Rank: FalseMilo Yiannopoulous (MY) was invited to be a speaker at the Conservative Political Action Conference.  Almost immediately, there was an uproar about this invitation because a number of conservatives do not consider MY as a conservative.  Shortly afterwards, a video was released that alleged MY defended pederasty.  The end result was that the invitation to speak at CPAC was rescinded (along with book deal being canceled and being asked to resign from Breitbart).

The video can be easily found on YouTube.  A link to the full unedited video can be found at the end of this article.  The following is a transcript of the full video.

Milo: “This is a controversial point of view I accept. We get hung up on this kind of child abuse stuff to the point where we’re heavily policing even relationships between consenting adults, you know grad students and professors at universities.”

The men in the joint video interview then discuss Milo’s experience at age 14.

Another man says: “The whole consent thing for me. It’s not this black and white thing that people try to paint it. Are there some 13-year-olds out there capable of giving informed consent to have sex with an adult, probably…”

The man says, “The reason these age of consent laws exist is because we have to set some kind of a barometer here, we’ve got to pick some kind of an age…”

Milo: “The law is probably about right, that’s probably roughly the right age. I think it’s probably about okay, 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 are sexually active younger. I think it particularly happens in the gay world by the way. In many cases actually those relationships with older men…This is one reason I hate the left. This stupid one size fits all policing of culture. (People speak over each other). This sort of arbitrary and oppressive idea of consent, which totally destroys you know understanding that many of us have. The complexities and subtleties and complicated nature of many relationships. You know, people are messy and complex. In the homosexual world particularly. Some of those relationships between younger boys and older men, the sort of coming of age relationships, the relationships in which those older men help those young boys to discover who they are, and give them security and safety and provide them with love and a reliable and sort of a rock where they can’t speak to their parents. Some of those relationships are the most -”

It sounds like Catholic priest molestation to me, another man says, interrupting Milo.

Milo: “And you know what, I’m grateful for Father Michael. I wouldn’t give nearly such good head if it wasn’t for him.”

Other people talk. Oh my God, I can’t handle it, one man says. The next thing in line is going to be pedophilia…says another man.

Milo: “You’re misunderstanding what pedophilia means. Pedophilia is not a sexual attraction to somebody 13-years-old who is sexually mature. Pedophilia is attraction to children who have not reached puberty. Pedophilia is attraction to people who don’t have functioning sex organs yet. Who have not gone through puberty. Who are too young to be able (unclear and cut off by others)…That’s not what we are talking about. You don’t understand what pedophilia is if you are saying I’m defending it because I’m certainly not.”

Another man said, “You are advocating for cross generational relationships here, can we be honest about that?”

Milo: “Yeah, I don’t mind admitting that. I think particularly in the gay world and outside the Catholic church, if that’s where some of you want to go with this, I think in the gay world, some of the most important, enriching and incredibly life affirming, important shaping relationships very often between younger boys and older men, they can be hugely positive experiences for those young boys they can even save those young boys, from desolation, from suicide (people talk over each other)… providing they’re consensual.”

In response to this video, MY posted a rather long clarification and defense of what he said in the interview.

In his Facebook post, MY stands on his record of outing sexual abusers and that he has never defended child abusers.  A cursory review of his articles on Breitbart did not find anything to contradict these claims.  In one article, he does express disgust with how the left defends pedophiles.  Another article criticizes Salon for giving a pedophile a platform.  In reference to his statement about “boy” being used as gay slang, his statement is plausible as there is a similar definition for “boi” on Wikipedia.  He also notes that in the interview, he stated that multiple times that he believes that law is about right.  In the interview, he did say, “The law is probably about right, that’s probably roughly the right age.”  Additionally, he says later in the interview, “You don’t understand what pedophilia is if you are saying I’m defending it because I’m certainly not.”

On the other hand, he states, “This is one reason I hate the left. This stupid one size fits all policing of culture. This sort of arbitrary and oppressive idea of consent…” in regards to the law.  He mentions that he believes that children are capable of giving consent at a much younger age than the law says.  While controversial, this is not really a defense of the practice.

Additionally, he says, “Pedophilia is not a sexual attraction to somebody 13-years-old who is sexually mature. Pedophilia is attraction to children who have not reached puberty.”  The problem with this statement is that it is not consistent with the laws and general social norms.  A 13 year old who is sexually mature is not capable of giving consent in any state in the United States nor in the UK.  That act is called statutory rape.

Do these views constitute a defense of pederasty (sexual activity between a man and a [underage] boy)?  He does not seem to be making any defense of it in the interview.  That said, he did express views that are controversial as they are not consistent with the law and social norms.  It is easy to see how his remarks in the interview can be construed as being a defense of pederasty.

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