In a round of negative press following Milo's attention-grabbing appearance on HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher and the huge announcement that Milo would give a keynote speech at the major conservative conference CPAC, the mainstream media spun Milo's words from an old interview to make it seem like he was an advocate for pedophilia.
Yiannopoulos questioned age-of-consent laws and suggested that minors as young as 13 were "sexually mature" enough for relations with adults. In it, Yiannopoulos said:
Pedophilia is not a sexual attraction to somebody 13 years old, who is sexually mature. Pedophilia is attraction to children who have not reached puberty. Pedophilia is attraction to people who don't have functioning sex organs yet who have not gone through puberty.