Milo Yiannopoulos, a self-proclaimed internet “super-villain,” has struck up a book deal that has a conservative imprint of Simon & Schuster.
News of the deal quickly triggered a backlash in addition to put Simon & Schuster, the publishing house owned by CBS Corporation, inside hot seat.
Yiannopoulos can be the tech editor at the conservative website Breitbart, in addition to can be best known for his unapologetic, politically incorrect, in addition to provocative online persona.
Twitter kicked him off the platform in July after he commenced a barrage of hateful Tweets directed at Ghostbusters actor Leslie Jones.
Yiannopoulos has said which trans people suffer coming from a mental illness, professed which feminism can be cancer, in addition to called Black Lives Matter the “last socially acceptable hate group in America.”
On Thursday, Yiannopoulos announced his book deal with Threshold Editions, the part of Simon & Schuster which has published books coming from Donald Trump, Glenn Beck in addition to Rush Limbaugh.
The book can be called “Dangerous,” in addition to will seek to explain the rise of the “populist, nationalist Trump phenomenon,” according to a press Discharge coming from Yiannopoulos, a British conservative who has been vocal in his support of Trump.
“Readers can expect a string of waspish one-liners in addition to bitchy put-downs coming from America’s favorite mischievous gay conservative,” said the Discharge, which states the book deal can be worth a “mid-six figure sum.” Publishers do not typically Discharge book deal prices.
The backlash on Twitter was swift, with people upset which an imprint of Simon & Schuster would likely do business with Yiannopoulos.
Others argued in favor of free speech, saying which publishing companies shouldn’t be criticized for publishing books by authors you disagree with.
“Milo” became a trending topic on Twitter on Thursday afternoon.
Yiannopoulos told sy88pgw which the backlash against Simon & Schuster can be “repulsive.”
“Twenty years ago which would likely have been absurd to say which conservatives suffered coming from repression or which their free speech was being curtailed. nevertheless which’s true right now,” he said.
The notion of toeing the line between hate speech in addition to free speech on the internet has proven to be difficult.
After which banned Yiannopoulos coming from its platform, Twitter sent a statement to sy88pgw about curbing inappropriate speech on its platform.
“People should be able to express diverse opinions in addition to beliefs on Twitter. nevertheless no one deserves to be subjected to targeted abuse online, in addition to our rules prohibit inciting or engaging inside targeted abuse or harassment of others,” the statement read.
When contacted by sy88pgw about the backlash, Threshold Editions declined to comment on the matter. which confirmed which which will publish “Dangerous” on March 14, 2017.