By now you’ve probably heard of the uproar over Milo Yiannopoulos’ invite to speak at CPAC this year.
— Matt Schlapp (@mschlapp) February 18, 2017
Yiannopoulos took to Facebook Sunday night to answer his critics and specifically address a video that’s been circulating that accuses him of supporting sexual relationships between underage boys and men:
— The Reagan Battalion (@ReaganBattalion) February 20, 2017
Here’s Yiannopoulos’ response in its entirety where he calls the video “selectively edited” and states “I do not support pedophila. Period.”
Of note, some reports stated Yiannopoulos is the keynote speaker at the conference, but this isn’t true:
(Important to note that Milo is not keynote speaker. Hollywood Reporter piece was incorrect. Keynote is Michael Reagan, per @mschlapp.)
— Elaina Plott (@elainaplott) February 20, 2017
Nachman he's not the keynote. That honor is for Michael Reagan on fri. We invited over 75 other speakers https://t.co/hhDscVKx7Y
— Matt Schlapp (@mschlapp) February 20, 2017
The American Conservative Union released the following statement on the controversy, saying Yiannopoulos “will bring perspective to the stage” but they do realize “this invitation will be accompanied by controversy”:
— ACU (@ACUConservative) February 18, 2017
CPAC runs from February 22-25 at the Gaylord resort in Maryland.