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Publisher Denounced Over Milo Yiannopoulos Book Deal

Milo Yiannopoulos

Simon & Schuster shouldn't give the often-offensive gay right-winger a platform, some observers say.

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Gay right-wing commentator Milo Yiannopoulos has reportedly signed a lucrative book deal with Simon & Schuster, and many are denouncing the publishing company for giving him a platform.

Yiannopoulos, a Breitbart editor who was banned from Twitter this year after inciting a campaign of racist and sexist harassment of actress Leslie Jones, has said transgender people are mentally ill, and started a scholarship fund for white men only, told The Hollywood Reporter today that Simon & Schuster imprint Threshold Editions will publish his autobiographical book.

"They said banning me from Twitter would finish me off," he told the publication. "Just as I predicted, the opposite has happened."

He said he pitched his ideas to the publisher in a deliberately offensive manner. "I met with top execs at Simon & Schuster earlier in the year and spent half an hour trying to shock them with lewd jokes and outrageous opinions," he told the Reporter. "I thought they were going to have me escorted from the building -- but instead they offered me a wheelbarrow full of money."

Sources told the Reporter the deal was valued at $250,000; Yiannopoulos would not confirm the amount. Officials with Threshold and Simon & Schuster were not available for comment.

Reaction to Yiannopoulos's deal was swift and frequently negative. Here's a sampling of tweets on the subject.

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Trudy Ring is The Advocate’s senior politics editor and copy chief. She has been a reporter and editor for daily newspapers and LGBTQ+ weeklies/monthlies, trade magazines, and reference books. She is a political junkie who thinks even the wonkiest details are fascinating, and she always loves to see political candidates who are groundbreaking in some way. She enjoys writing about other topics as well, including religion (she’s interested in what people believe and why), literature, theater, and film. Trudy is a proud “old movie weirdo” and loves the Hollywood films of the 1930s and ’40s above all others. Other interests include classic rock music (Bruce Springsteen rules!) and history. Oh, and she was a Jeopardy! contestant back in 1998 and won two games. Not up there with Amy Schneider, but Trudy still takes pride in this achievement.
Trudy Ring is The Advocate’s senior politics editor and copy chief. She has been a reporter and editor for daily newspapers and LGBTQ+ weeklies/monthlies, trade magazines, and reference books. She is a political junkie who thinks even the wonkiest details are fascinating, and she always loves to see political candidates who are groundbreaking in some way. She enjoys writing about other topics as well, including religion (she’s interested in what people believe and why), literature, theater, and film. Trudy is a proud “old movie weirdo” and loves the Hollywood films of the 1930s and ’40s above all others. Other interests include classic rock music (Bruce Springsteen rules!) and history. Oh, and she was a Jeopardy! contestant back in 1998 and won two games. Not up there with Amy Schneider, but Trudy still takes pride in this achievement.