Right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos signed a $250,000 book deal with Simon & Schuster, the publisher announced on Thursday, and liberals are struggling to cope with the news.Left-leaning activists and authors voiced their displeasure with the major publishing house for agreeing to publish Yiannopoulos, an editor at Breitbart News whom liberals have accused of being racist, sexist and transphobic.
Yiannopoulos’s book, entitled “Dangerous,” will hit shelves on March 14.
“DANGEROUS will be a book on free speech by the outspoken and controversial gay British author and editor at Breitbart News who describes himself as the ‘most fabulous supervillain on the Internet,'” Simon & Schuster said in a statement.
The response to the news supports Yiannopoulos’s self-description.
Los Angeles Times books editor Carolyn Kellogg questioned Simon & Schuster’s decision.
The Chicago Review of Books announced that it will not review a single Simon & Schuster title in 2017 in protest of the book deal.
Andrea Phillips, a “transmedia storytelling pundit,” encouraged followers to contact the publisher to voice their displeasure.
Shannon Coulter, the co-founder of Grab Your Wallet, questioned why Simon & Schuster would publish Yiannopoulos given an incident he had on Twitter earlier this year with “Saturday Night Live” actress Leslie Jones. The social media site banned Yiannopoulos for life claiming that he waged a harassment campaign against Jones.
Joe Berkowitz, a pop culture writer at Fast Company, called Yiannopoulos a “neo-Nazi” and urged readers to contact Simon & Schuster.
Judd Legum, the editor-in-chief at Think Progress, labeled Yiannopoulos a “white nationalist.”
Other authors who have published through Simon & Schuster were outraged at the book deal as well.
Some Twitter users say they will boycott Simon & Schuster because of its contract with Yiannopoulos.