What do feminists think of Milo Yiannopoulos
Milo Yiannopoulos: "Breitbart" provocateur loses book contract
Milo Yiannopoulos is known for his provocative remarks: The US journalist who wrote for the ultra-right portal called feminism Breitbart works as a cancerous tumor. His critics accuse the supporter of US President Donald Trump of racism and misogyny. Now there is another accusation: The self-proclaimed "freedom of speech fundamentalist", who aggressively flaunts his homosexuality, is said to have defended sex between men and underage boys in an interview.
In an interview with the podcast Drunken peasants In 2016, Yiannopoulos spoke out in favor of 13-year-old boys having sexual experience with older men. In a homosexual world, they could help the boys find themselves, Yiannopoulos said. The "arbitrary and oppressive idea of consent" is the real problem, according to Yiannopoulos. "We're obsessed with abuse, we're obsessed with this child abuse stuff." About forbidden relationships between teachers and students, the 33-year-old said: "The boy is the predator in this situation."
This interview has consequences: On Monday the Conservative Political Action Conference, an opinion forum for young American Conservatives, struck Yiannopoulos from their list of speakers. His publishing house Simon & Schuster decided to cancel a planned book project with Yiannopoulos. His book Dangerous should appear in June. Reasons for the withdrawal were not given. At Amazon, it was already on the bestseller lists for pre-ordered books.
Yiannopoulos said in a Facebook post: "I would like to once again express my absolute disgust for adults who abuse minors." He himself is a victim of child abuse and has spent large parts of his career exposing child molesters. If he was guilty, then "certainly the imprecise language". He regrets this.
Yiannopoulos hit the headlines earlier this month. A planned performance on the campus of the University of Berkeley in the US state of California was canceled after violent student protests against the 33-year-old had broken out there. Hundreds of demonstrators had gathered on campus to prevent the lecture. They threw windows, set wooden pallets on fire and hurled stones at police officers. They appeared in full riot gear and used tear gas against the students. After the protests, Trump threatened to cut federal funds for the university via Twitter if the university did not allow freedom of expression and would "use violence against innocent people with a different point of view".
"Dangerous Fagot" on tour
Under the motto "Dangerous Fagot" - Yiannopoulos has been touring the USA since 2015 and has appeared in various universities. Yiannopoulos was born in England and studied literature in Manchester and Cambridge, but dropped out. Stephen Bannon, former boss of Breitbart-News and today the most important advisor to US President Trump, heard about Yiannopoulos' provocative text on the Internet. Today Yiannopoulos is the pop-cultural face of the ultra-right in the USA and regularly incites against women, liberals, elites or the Black Lives Matter movement.
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