Excerpts: Christian Network News – Yiannopoulos responded to the controversy on Monday on social media–in two separate statements—contending that some of the videos were “edited deceptively,” and asserting that he does not condone pedophilia as he was abused himself as a child. However, he said that he is “partly to blame” for “sloppy phrasing” during the interviews.
“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,” Yiannopoulos wrote.
“As to some of the specific claims being made, sometimes things tumble out of your mouth on these long, late-night live-streams, when everyone is spit-balling, that are incompletely expressed or not what you intended,” he added.
“We get hung up on this sort of child abuse stuff, to the point where we are heavily policing consensual adults,” he states in the footage.
“In the homosexual world, particularly, some of those relationships between younger boys and older men—the sort of ‘coming of age’ relationship—those relationships in which those older men help those young boys discover who they are and give them security and safety and provide them with love and a reliable, sort of rock, where they can’t speak to their parents,” Yiannopoulos, an open homosexual, outlines.
“It sounds like molestation to me,” a man who is believed to be the interviewer replies. “It sounds like Catholic priest molestation to me.”
“But you know what? I’m grateful for Father Michael. I wouldn’t give nearly such [explicit sexual term] if it wasn’t for him,” Yiannopoulos quips, referring to the priest who molested him as a youth.