The most well known group for LGBT authors is condemning publisher Simon & Schuster over its book deal with Milo Yiannopoulos, who will use it to spread his “misogynistic, transphobic, homophobic, and racist rants.”
The group, founded 30 years ago, is calling not only on readers to ignore the book, but also reviewers. Yiannopoulos, which Lambda Literary calls a "white supremacist," is getting a $250,000 advance from imprint Threshold Editions for his upcoming book, Dangerous. That’s a short version of the name the Breitbart editor uses for his college campus tour, “Dangerous Faggot.”
“For a publisher to give this writer money and a megaphone is an affront to the values we all share,” wrote Lambda Literary today.
“While publishers undeniably have the right to acquire and profit from any book they wish, they also bear an essential responsibility to promote civil discourse and reject hate speech that is often a precursor to violence,” the statement read.
Yiannopoulos shot to fame after Twitter banned him for inspiring a racist online mob that attacked actress and comedian Leslie Jones. Many celebrities have expressed their outrage that Simon & Schuster would then give him a book deal.
The U.K. division of Simon & Schuster told The Bookseller news site today saying it won't be distributing the book overseas. Back in the U.S., Simon & Schuster issued a statement on December 30 defending itself. The company notes having “published books by a wide range of authors” who appeal to “many different audiences of readers.” “We do not and never have condoned discrimination or hate speech in any form,” the company wrote.
Jones countered, “But you still help them spread their hate to even more people.”