Who pulled what? Let me tell ya. Simon & Schuster has decided NOT to publish Milo’s forthcoming book Dangerous. I can’t believe it.
Over the weekend a recording surfaced of Milo speaking about homosexuality and pedophilia, among other things. He later tried to backtrack his own statements but it wasn’t sufficient in the eyes of the publisher.
I’ve heard part of the recording and it sounds as bad as you’d imagine. He can blame poor word choice but we shouldn’t accept anything that even remotely appears to be in favor of sexual abuse.
He was also uninvited to speak at CPAC.
I’ve only heard of a book being pulled from publication or from store shelves once. This is big.
Roxane Gay is a bestselling author you may have heard of. She did something recently I can only respect and applaud. She has a book forthcoming through Simon & Schuster, as does Milo Yiannopoulos.
I understand there’s a real chance you’re unfamiliar with either name. Milo is a leader of the alt-right. Just think of extreme, extreme conservativism. The group had no issue with any of Trump’s remarks heading into election day.
So as Roxane Gay was preparing to send off her book to be published later this year, she didn’t. She held on to it rather than send it off to a publisher willing to give Milo a larger platform for hate speech. Her words not mine. She’s not the only one with concerns. Other authors forced Simon & Schuster to release a statement on the publishing deal inked with Milo Yiannopoulos, but as of yet no one else has taken the action to pull their book from the publisher.
We all know people can say and do whatever they want to. That’s not what this is about. It’s about the platform being offered. At some point someone along the line has to say enough is enough. That they respect his right to his opinions, but the company believes there to be a better fit for his voice elsewhere.
Instead they reportedly gave him a $200k advance. Simon & Schuster dropped the ball. And now they’re paying the price.
Stand up for what you believe in just like Roxane Gay and Milo Yiannopoulos. We all should. But the United States is no place for hate.