Recently there has been a lot of controversy surrounding Milo Yinnopoulos. On February 18th it was announced that Milo would be a Keynote speaker at the Conservative Political Action Conference. This decision was made with some protest from certain members, but he was invited because of the UC Berkley riots as well as his work before that exposing Liberal Thuggery on college campuses. On February 19th however, a Twitter group called The Reagan Battalion posted a video that apparently shows Milo attempting to justify pedophilia. Despite Milo’s statement that the videos were heavily edited and that he, in fact, did not condone pedophilia; on February 20th CPAC disinvited Milo. The very same day Publisher Simon & Schuster canceled the publishing of Milo’s Autobiography entitled “Dangerous”, Citing the leaked video from The Reagan Batallion. The Next day on the 21st amid calls for Breitbart to terminate his employment, Milo held a press conference where he announced that he was resigning from his position at the media outlet.
Pedophilia is a reprehensible act. It is, in fact, one of the few criminal acts I feel should come with a mandatory death sentence for the adult criminal. There is no excuse for it whatsoever. I understand Milo comes from Britain where the age of consent is 16, that is all fine and well. Still, though, the age of consent in my home state of Maryland is 16 too but I could never engage in sexual relations with or date a 16 or 17-year-old much less anyone younger. I have a hard enough time as is trying to show interest in anybody under the age of 20 who pursues me even if they are extremely nice. “Why”, you ask? There is a clear difference in maturity as well as life experiences and besides the huge effort they would have to make to convince me of their maturity, the fact remains that at the end of the day we have very little in common for the most part and I feel much more fulfilled in a relationship where I can reminisce about the good ole’ times with my partner rather than one where I tell my doe-eyed partner stories about the good ole’ times. Relationships where there is an immense age gap, are rarely healthy, it’s a simple as that.
I personally have not seen this video nor do I intend to. Considering the reaction of Milo’s peers I have heard all I need to hear. Even heavily edited his remarks were reprehensible. However, considering the mitigating factors, I cannot condemn Milo. I also cannot defend him. He made his own bed and he now has to sleep in it, that is the sum of it all.
I can, however, condemn and criticize his detractors. Starting with the actions of The Reagan Battalion which claims to promote traditional conservatism. Their Guerrilla tactics stink of the same kind of sabotage that Social Justice Warriors employ against their opponents minus the veiled Homophobia. No, The Reagan Battallion indeed displayed outright Homophobia indicative of the Bible Thumping Fundamentalists that are nearly killing the Republican Party and the conservative movement. This cannot even be called righteous outrage on their part, if indeed it was they would have released this months ago however they waited until Milo’s crowning moment to release it causing the most damage because he was gay. A newsflash for these Soros-funded bigots, you did just as much damage if not more to the conservative movement you claim to fight for. But that’s exactly what your Nazi master Soros intended right? These morons deserve a good portion of disdain as well as Milo since they enabled the downfall of a prominent conservative figure during a critical moment for our movement, giving the left-wing media something to gloat over.
There are also the Hypocritical Celebrity and Media detractors of Milo. While the Press celebrates with their smug and gleeful victory lap they prove once more that they are to be despised as the peddlers of fake news that they are. How are they doing that in this instance you ask? I ask you, isn’t inconsistency and the withholding of facts fake news just as much as a totally fabricated story? As Bill Maher and George Takei gloat in unison with the Media let us not forget how there has been total silence about George and Bill’s past promotion of Pedophilia.
It is a huge mess indeed, and there are guilty parties on all sides. Who are the real victims though? If you thought for a second I would say, “Milo”, then you don’t know me too well. The victims first and foremost are young gay men and victims of Pedophilia. Now that second one is easy to explain, any victim of pedophilia who is aware of being a victim will surely feel pain over such things. Hearing someone justify your victimization causes the worst emotional pain whether you were a victim of rape by someone much older than you or a victim of police/judicial corruption, hearing someone try to justify or trivialize something that has caused you a kind of pain you can’t put into words is like a punch in the gut.
This hurts gay men as well as the conservative movement too. Milo represented a new way, a new ideal. He was proof that contrary to the fascist indoctrination of the regressive liberal LGBT community, not all gay men (or women either actually) had to believe the same things politically or all act the same way. As the LGBT community attempted to shame guys who preferred fit guys and masc guys over fem guys and fat guys Milo attacked that supremacy they tried to exercise with his flamboyance and shocking statements. I don’t agree with everything he says (for instance I am an advocate for trans people), but when I first learned of him I was at a time in my life where I felt like I was a one of a kind aberration and there was nobody remotely like me out there in the world.
Yes, even though he also combatted toxic feminism and politically correct fascism on university campuses his most significant contribution was being that beacon of individuality. He represented the hope for young gays who didn’t agree with the hypocritical ideas they were taught gays were supposed to believe in. The very act of him, a gay man, standing on the stage and espousing ideals contrary to those of the LGBT Community sent a message that there were others out there just like us who were different and that there was some hope.
I know this first hand because despite kind of knowing I was gay since the age of 13 I was not even able to accept that I was attracted to men till I was 21 and I was not able to accept I was gay till shortly before I was 23. I spent my teenage years afraid to be who I really was not because I had a Catholic Family (Who with the exception of my grandmother readily accepted me when I did come out), or because people were less accepting of gays where I was from when I was a teenager; I could not accept who I was because I saw how selfish, ridiculous and irrational gay people acted back then and I was afraid. I didn’t know some of the decent gay people I know now and I didn’t know any gay conservatives, so I was afraid that if I accepted being gay that I would become just like the image of gay people that I saw back then and the thought of being that way frightened me and made me feel sick. I have come to accept who I am later in life than most and so I will always regret that lost time of my teenage years, but what hurts the most is that I now realize if there had been someone as prominent and well-known as Milo to show me I didn’t have to fit a cookie-cutter mold that I may have been able to accept myself a lot sooner and not miss out on all of the passionate romances and fulfilling relationships I could have only had as a teen. That’s who Milo may have hurt in the long run, conservative gay youth.
A few groups too will be affected but less drastically. In the short-term, college republicans will lack an energetic rallying point to encourage them to push back against liberal fascism in academia. The conservative movement will also lose another beacon of the diverse makeup of our ideology (one that has conservatives of every color, conservatives of many religions, LGBT conservatives, even Conservative Environmentalists). Milo’s words, as well as the despicable actions of The Reagan Battalion, have set our movement back. Despite this, however, the movement as a whole is still going strong. But unless someone steps into Milo’s Gay Conservative shoes and shows the world there are gays who can be individuals, it’s young men a lot like I was who will suffer the most because of this.
Finally, before I wrap this up I have a personal message for Milo in case he ever reads this for some reason:
Milo, I am very disappointed in you. I can never say I looked up to you but I did admire what you had accomplished. Your downfall does not please me at all and what The Reagan Battallion did by sitting on this information till you were at the peak of your popularity and releasing it was wrong, but you did bring this upon yourself. A few words may have toppled all of the good you have already done and could have done. There is no coming back from this though. As much as it pains me to say this the fact remains that if you want to do the least amount of damage to the causes you care about then it would be best to let yourself fade into anonymity. I sincerely hope a charismatic conservative speaker who is also gay can come in to fill the gap you are leaving (I myself have considered trying to go for it), but even if one doesn’t you will do more damage now if you try to remain in the spotlight than you could do by just fading away. I am so sorry to see this happen Milo but what’s done is done and it cannot be changed.