Breitbart staff threaten to quit unless Milo Yiannopoulos is sacked
Breitbart staff are threatening to walk out unless Milo Yiannopoulos is fired from the publication.
Yiannopoulos is a senior editor at the far-right publication.
A colleague told the Washingtonian that “at least half a dozen” staff are ready to walk out if he isn’t fired.
It comes amid controversial video footage of him allegedly defending men who have sex with underage boys.
The source said: “The fact of the matter is that there’s been so many things that have been objectionable about Milo over the last couple of years, quite frankly.
“This is something far more sinister,” the senior editor said.
“If the company isn’t willing to act, there are at least half a dozen people who are willing to walk out over it.”
Last night publisher Simon & Schuster cancelled the publication of the forthcoming book, Dangerous, “after careful consideration.”
Simon & Schuster is canceling the publication of 'Dangerous' by Milo Yiannopoulos "After careful consideration." Full story coming soon.
— Publishers Weekly (@PublishersWkly) February 20, 2017
Yiannopoulos also released a written statement and a video stating that he has “outed” three child abuse victims, and addressing the earlier videos, saying he is “partly to blame”.
He says that it was a “blend of British sarcasm, provocation and gallows humor” which brings him to “regret”, any understanding.
Going on, he adds: “I do not advocate for illegal behavior. I explicitly say on the tapes that I think the current age of consent is “about right”.
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“I do not believe sex with 13-year-olds is okay. When I mentioned the number 13, I was talking about the age I lost my own virginity.
“I shouldn’t have used the word “boy” — which gay men often do to describe young men of consenting age — instead of “young man.” That was an error.”
But he admits that he is “certainly guilty” of using “imprecise language”.
The news comes just hours after the Republican CPAC conference also axed him over the alleged remarks.
The far-right figure and internet troll is already deeply controversial, previously claiming he would ‘cure’ himself of being gay if he could, describing trans people as “mentally ill gay men dressing up for attention”, and using a university lecture to single out and bully a transgender student on-stage.