One of the most talked about video segments of 2017. A purposely deceitful edited clip that features Milo's thoughts on relationships between men and young boys. Milo apparently said it was ok for those relationships to exist.
Feminists and lefties everywhere were crucifying him online. It created a media storm. Facebook was viral with 'Milo and Pedophilia' talk. It had even led to Milo's publishers Simon & Schuster's cancelling his upcoming $250,000 book deal for his upcoming book release 'DANGEROUS'.
It was a devastating and catastrophic blow for Milo. A man who had gained fame and glory for his outspoken views on feminism, Islam and homosexuality. He was a champion for men's rights everywhere. He was a national icon.
But what really happened?
Videos can be edited to suit a purpose, to create an illusion to fit a certain situation, to create chaos. Especially shorter length clips of a conversation in an interview- you may hear something unpleasant and unsavoury but it may not intend to be what it means especially if the whole context in it's entirety is not shown. That is exactly what happened to Milo. A professional television company that knew exactly what they were doing the very minute they published the video- they intended for the chaos that erupted shortly after.
In a Press Conference, Milo said;
''I am a gay man, and a child abuse victim.
Between the ages of 13 and 16, two men touched me in ways they should not have. One of those men was a priest.
My relationship with my abusers is complicated by the fact that, at the time, I did not perceive what was happening to me as abusive. I can look back now and see that it was. I still don’t view myself as a victim. But I am one.
Looking back, I can see the effects it had on me. In the years after what happened, fell into alcohol and nihilistic partying that lasted well into my late 20s.
A few years ago I realised it was time to do something good with my life. I started focusing on work. But the black comedy, gallows humor and love of shock value I developed in my 20s did not go away.
I've reviewed the tapes that appeared last night in their proper full context and I don't believe they say what is being reported. Nonetheless I do say some things on the tapes that I do not mean and which do not reflect my views.
My experiences as a victim led me to believe I could say anything I wanted to on this subject, no matter how outrageous. But I understand that my usual blend of British sarcasm, provocation and gallows humor might have come across as flippancy, a lack of care for other victims or, worse, "advocacy." I am horrified by that impression.
I would like to restate my disgust at adults who sexually abuse minors. I am horrified by pedophilia and I have devoted large portions of my career as a journalist to exposing child abusers. I've outed three of them, in fact -- three more than most of my critics.
I do not believe sex with 13-year-olds is okay. When I mentioned the number 13, I was talking about error. I was talking about my own relationship when I was 17 with a man who was 29. The age of consent in the UK is 16.
I did say that there are relationships between younger men and older men that can help a young gay man escape from a lack of support or understanding at home. That's perfectly true and every gay man knows it.
I am certainly guilty of imprecise language, which I regret.
Anyone who suggests I turn a blind eye to illegal activity or to the abuse of minors is unequivocally wrong. I am implacably opposed to the normalization of pedophilia and I will continue to report and speak accordingly. To repeat: I do not support pedophilia. It is a disgusting crime of which I have personally been a victim.
The remarks I made on podcasts and interviews more than a year ago were about my personal life experiences. I will not apologize for dealing with my life experiences in the best way that I can, which is humor. No one can tell me or anyone else who has lived through sexual abuse how to deal with those emotions.
But I am sorry to other abuse victims if my own personal way of dealing with what happened to me has hurt you.
I will never stop making jokes about taboo subjects. Go into any drag bar or gay club and you will see performers cracking jokes about clerical sexual abuse. I am not afforded that same freedom, because the media chooses to selectively define me as a political figure in some circumstances, and a comedian in others.
But I said some things on those internet live streams that were simply wrong.
My employer Breitbart News has stood by me when others caved. They have allowed me to carry conservative and libertarian ideas to communities that would otherwise never have heard them. They have been a significant factor in my success. I’m grateful for that freedom and for the friendships I forged there.
I would be wrong to allow my poor choice of words to detract from my colleagues’ important reporting, which is why today I am resigning from Breitbart, effective immediately. This decision is mine alone''.
I really do feel for Milo. I understand where he is coming from. He is an child abuse victim and because of the abuse he suffered, he thought it would allow him the freedom to express subjects of that sensitive nature in any manner that he wanted. It was his way of coping. Everyone has different ways of coping with traumatic events. I have a very similar past to Milo so I can very much relate to him. I absolutely believe him. It was just a sentence depicted to mean something it didn't by the media.
Milo is commendable. He doesn't describe himself as a victim. He is a survivor. He is still fighting out, speaking out, reaching out. Despite the stressful and traumatic last few days, he still has a legion of dedicated fans, he has received interest from new major publishers, and he has gained a lot more respect and admiration from the world for his dedication to Breitbart.
Milo has not fallen. He has just began rising. Rising to the very top. I believe he will take over the world. And the feminists & leftists will be running scared.