Milo Yiannopoulos has been banned from Twitter for hate speech, but the gay alt-right white nationalist Breitbart editor has found a home at book-publishing powerhouse Simon & Schuster. And while the Chicago Review of Books announced that they will no longer cover the publisher’s books in 2017 and book stores likes Raven Books said ‘byebye’ to the publisher, it was SNL star Leslie Jones who put Simon & Schuster on blast.
Jones became the center of racist and bigoted tweets from Yiannopoulos that resulted in his banning from Twitter, and the Ghostbuster lead hit back at the publishing company after they announced that they’d be publishing his book Dangerous and defended the acquisition with the following statement:
“At Simon & Schuster we have always published books by a wide range of authors with greatly varying, and frequently controversial opinions, and appealing to many different audiences of readers,” the publisher said in a statement. “While we are cognizant that many may disagree vehemently with the books we publish we note that the opinions expressed therein belong to our authors, and do not reflect either a corporate viewpoint or the views of our employees.”
Jones was having none of it and immediately hit back:
— Leslie Jones (@Lesdoggg) January 2, 2017
According to NBC:
Yiannopoulos, who last year solicited donations exclusively for “white men in support of their post-secondary education” only to sit on the money, is getting an advance of $250,000 for his forthcoming book, “Dangerous,” according to The Hollywood Reporter, which first broke the story. The book will be published on March 14 by Threshold Editions, an imprint of Simon & Schuster.
Surprisingly, Yiannopoulos seemed surprised that he got a book deal too.
“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,” Yiannopoulos said. “I thought they were going to have me escorted from the building — but instead they offered me a wheelbarrow full of money.”
Judd Apatow seemed to sum it up the best with his tweet:
— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) December 30, 2016