Milo Yiannopoulos has resigned from Breitbart News.
This comes after the release of a tape on which Yiannopoulos appears to condone older men having sexual relations with 13-year-old boys, saying that this does not constitute pedophilia and that the idea of consent is “arbitrary and oppressive.”
Yiannopoulos was subsequently disinvited from the Conservative Political Action Conference, and Simon & Schuster canceled the release of his upcoming book. There were also reports that many of Breitbart’s employees were threatening to quit unless Yiannopoulos was fired.
In a statement released this afternoon, Yiannopoulos says he is grateful for his time at Breitbart and that he doesn’t want his poor choice of words to negatively affect his colleagues, which is why is he resigning from his position. He says that this decision was his.
Here is Milo Yiannopoulos’s statement regarding his resignation from Breitbart, via The New York Times:
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 for 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.