Bipartisan convention Politicon has uninvited Milo Yiannopoulos from its annual confab in Los Angeles, the convention announced Thursday, after many voiced criticism over the commentator’s planned attendance.
“Milo is no longer booked for Politicon,” a spokesperson for the convention told TheWrap. “We’ve had a couple of changes and with two months to go to the convention, more names will be added and dropped. Anthony Scaramucci is also not attending due to a scheduling conflict. We have some more names soon to be confirmed and announced so we’ll make sure to let you know.”
When pressed, convention organizers clarified that Milo did not have a scheduling conflict, like Scaramucci, but had been actively dropped by the organization.
The news was first reported exclusively on Twitter by RightWingWatch’s Jared Holt.
The decision came just hours after a social media campaign demanded that the organization scrub Milo from the festivities.
Y’all @Politicon is so ridiculously trash for inviting Milo Yiannopoulos this year. Like why do we need to hear from a white supremacist? And please stay out of my mentions with the “white supremacists are people too.” I can’t today. Last year… pic.twitter.com/WtDnSW5vVH
— Symone D. Sanders (@SymoneDSanders) August 22, 2018
Milo?! Fucking Breitbart won't even associate with him… pic.twitter.com/n275BFF3fg
— jordan (@JordanUhl) August 22, 2018
Amazed (but by no means surprised) that @Politicon has the audacity to promote their garbage event featuring open white supremacists like Tucker Carlson, Milo Yiannopoulos, Ann Coulter, and Charlie Kirk WITH AN IMAGE OF MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR pic.twitter.com/DdkHDwt0l2
— Yes, You're Racist (@YesYoureRacist) August 23, 2018
politicon, the worst thing in the world, is on again this year and the lineup is somehow even worse than it was last year. milo will be there; he doesn't seem to have a bio like others speakers https://t.co/8hEvp3u3nd
— libby watson (@libbycwatson) August 22, 2018
Who invited Milo pic.twitter.com/lKPSiEG1R2
— Christopher Mathias (@letsgomathias) August 22, 2018
The gathering in Los Angeles, which is set for Oct. 20 and 21st, will still feature a host of prominent firebrand conservatives, including Ann Coulter and Ben Shapiro.
In a statement shared with TheWrap, Yiannopoulos said he was unconcerned by the cancellation.
“To others, who care only about reputation and avoiding humiliation, I guess this would be a blow. Personally I couldn’t give a s—” he said.
“I subject myself to this continuous hell because unlike the needy, vacuous, desperate grifters of conservative media, I actually care about my fans and the stuff I talk about. And no amount of cancellations from now until the end of time will ever deter me from trying. Next!,” Yiannopoulos added.
Yiannopoulos rose to prominence as tech editor at Breitbart and was at the height of his powers when he was undone in February 2017 by remarks from an old interview in which he appeared tp endorse pedophilia among gay men. He later apologized for the remarks in a press conference days later.