Milo Yiannopoulos 'threw a hissy fit about his hair and makeup before press conference where he resigned from Breitbart'
- Milo Yiannopoulos was reportedly stressing about his hair and make-up before the press conference where he resigned from Breitbart News
- Elsewhere AWMPR, which took him on as a client, is facing a backlash
- This week, footage of a year-old podcast was unearthed, which showed him discussing the merits of gay relationships between adults and boys
Flamboyant firebrand Milo Yiannopoulos was reportedly stressing about his hair and make-up before the press conference where he resigned from Breitbart News.
Yiannopoulos, a conservative provocateur and staunch fan of President Donald Trump, resigned from the right-wing news site on Tuesday after footage emerged of him appearing to condone pedophilia.
The storm cost him first a $250,000 book deal, then a prestigious speaking engagement and finally his job as technology editor of Breitbart.
Milo Yiannopolous left his role as technology editor at Breitbart, the conservative website, amid a growing storm over what his comments about pedophilia
Sources claim the controversial 'super villain of the internet' wanted his image right before the press conference.
One told the New York Post: 'He was stressing out about hair and makeup. He was also trying to get a doctor to give him a B12 shot.'
Elsewhere AWMPR, which took him on as a client, is facing a backlash.
The company's website has been taken down, and a source said, 'Past clients were getting harassing calls.'
AMWPR head Adam Weiss said: 'I'm disappointed that some of the left-wing activists have such little respect for freedom of speech that they choose to attack a publicist [who] was doing his job.'
Until the fallout this week Yiannopoulos, 32, had enjoyed a remarkable rise since dropping out of both Manchester and Cambridge University
This week, footage of a year-old podcast was unearthed, which showed him discussing the merits of gay relationships between adults and boys.
He said relationships between 'younger boys' and older men could be a 'coming-of-age relationship…in which those older men help those younger boys discover who they are'.
He also said: 'Pedophilia is not a sexual attraction to somebody 13 years old who is sexually mature.'
He apologized to the victims of child abuse over his remarks but insisted the video clips had been edited to remove important context.
Speaking out: Milo Yiannopolous quit Breitbart on Monday afternoon amid mounting controversy over what he said about 'coming of age of relationships'
He added: 'I do not support child abuse. It's a disgusting crime of which I am a victim.'
He said he would not be silenced and described it as a 'politically motivated witch-hunt.'
He went on to rail against the media and the Left, claiming the video of his comments had been deceptively edited.
'They have reported things about me which they know aren't true and f*** you for that,' he claimed.
His autobiography, Dangerous, had been due for publication next month.
On Monday, Simon and Schuster announced it was cancelling the publication of the book, after more than 100 of the publisher's other authors had protested against it.
Yiannopoulos reportedly received a $250,000 advance for the book.
HOW MILO STARTED STORM
Video of the Breitbart editor taking part in an online discussion from summer 2016 were posted online by a Twitter account called the @ReaganBattalion - which is linked to a conservative blog. It said it was acting out of concern that he had been invited to CPAC later this week.
In the videos he said:
'This is a controversial view, I accept. But we get caught up in this whole child abuse thing even to the extent we are policing consensual relationships between consenting adults, such as grad students and professors at universities.
'The whole consent thing is not as black and white as people try and paint it.'
Yiannopoulos agreed that the age of consent was 'roughly' at the right age.
He continued: 'There are certainly people who are capable of giving consent at a younger age. I would 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… this is one of the reasons I hate the left. This one-size-fits-all policing of culture. This arbitrary and oppressive idea of consent, which totally destroys, you know, the understanding that many of us have, of the complexities, subtleties and complicated nature of many relationships.
Milo Yiannopoulos claimed he was not defending pedophilia when he said some younger boys could benefit by coming involved in a consensual relationship with an older man. He has now been banned from speaking at the Conservative Political Action Committee conference
'People are messy and complex, particularly in the homosexual world. 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 rock where they can't speak to their parents.'
Yiannopoulos said: '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 an attraction to people who don't have functioning sex organs yet, who have not gone through puberty, who are too young to understand about the bodies. That is not what we are talking about.
'You don't understand what pedophilia is if you think I'm defending it, because I'm certainly not.'
Yiannopoulos claimed some teenagers could find a relationship with an older man quite beneficial.
He added: 'In the gay world, some of the most enriching and incredibly life-affirming and shaping relationships, very often between younger boys and older men, can be hugely positive experiences for those young boys. They can save those young boys from desolation, suicide and drug addiction, all sorts of things, providing they're consensual.'
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