The far-right extremist activist Milo Yiannopoulos was caught in a video defending pedophilia which has now cost him to lose the privilege to speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference(CPAC).
The decision was made by CPAC after they decided that his remarks were “disturbing.”
American Conservative Union Chairman Matt Schlapp said in a statement announcing the decision that Yiannopoulos’ efforts to address the video clip have fallen short.
“We realize that Mr. Yiannopoulos has responded on Facebook, but it is insufficient,” Schlapp said in a statement. “It is up to him to answer the tough questions and we urge him to immediately further address these disturbing comments.”
Yiannopoulos went on Facebook to apologize about his remarks. He conceded that his comments were inappropriate and said he was “certainly guilty of imprecise language.”
“I’m partly to blame,” he wrote. “My own 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 deeply regret that.”
Still, his attempt to own up to his wrongdoings were not enough. His remarks drew a swift wave of criticism from liberals and conservatives alike, who rushed Monday to condemn Yiannopoulos and urge the ACU to cancel his CPAC presentation.