Milo Yiannopoulos, the self-styled effant terrible of the Alt-Right, appears to be wrapping up his career. Following on remarks he made on a podcast that appear to condone adult gay men having sexual relationships with minors, Yiannopoulos's status as one of the conservative universe's ascendant megastars appears to be on life support. Or already dead.
Yiannopoulos has just resigned from his editorial position at Breitbart, the controversial right-wing news organization founded by Andrew Breitbart. In a statement, Milo thanked Breitbart for permitting him the opportunity to "carry conservative and libertarian ideas to communities that would otherwise never have heard them."
"I would be wrong to allow my poor choice of words to detract from my colleagues' important reporting, so today I am resigning from Breitbart, effective immediately. This decision is mine alone. When your friends have done right by you, you do right by them. For me, now, that means stepping aside so my colleagues at Breitbart can get back to the great work they do."
At a news conference, Yiannopoulos expressed contrition towards any abuse victims who were harmed by his "flippant" commentary.
"This is me apologizing for saying things I did not mean. For those statements I did make where I misspoke, I'm here today to apologize."
The resignation follows on the heels of Yiannopoulos having his invitation to speak at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference revoked in the wake of the controversy. Milo also had his upcoming book, Dangerous, cancelled by publisher Simon & Schuster. Dangerous was already a bestseller before it was released, based on pre-orders.
The video that appears to have sunk his career is from last year, when a less-famous Milo appeared on a streaming video podcast and bit off way, way more than he could chew. The standout soundbyte is when he referred to "this arbitrary and oppressive idea of consent."
He also appeared to endorse sexual relationships between teenage boys and older men. Yiannopoulos later claimed that he was referring specifically to a relationship he had with a 29 year old man when he was 17.
"I do not believe any change in the legal age of consent is justifiable or desirable," he said in his press conference. "I said some things on those internet live streams that were simply wrong."
He also claimed that he, himself, was a victim of sexual abuse when he was a child.
Milo's popularity has vanished into the vacuum of space in the blink of an eye. He just recently had a much-publicized appearance on Real Time with Bill Maher and looked poised to be one of the major spokesmen for the post-Trump conservative world. But it remains to be seen whether he will be able to restore his reputation.