Publishing giant Simon & Schuster is responding to the severe criticism thrown its way after this week’s announcement it gave a $250,000 (€236,000) advance to out Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos for his autobiography.
The alt-right figurehead was banned from Twitter for leading a racist, and sexist, trolling campaign against Ghostbusters actress Leslie Jones.
He’s also compared rape to Harry Potter, calling ‘both fantasy.’
‘We do not and never have condoned discrimination or hate speech in any form,’ the company said in a statement released yesterday, 30 December, according to Vanity Fair. ‘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. 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.’
The book, called Dangerous, will be released in 2017 March by Threshold Editions; the imprint of Simon & Schuster is dedicated to publishing conservative authors.
Writers and readers have denounced the company for giving the writer a platform.
‘Publishing him is a cynical move by Simon & Schuster, one worth protesting vociferously and specifically, in e-mails, letters, tweets, and phone calls—you name it,’ Alexandra Schwartz said in the New Yorker.
Yiannopoulos is typically gleeful about all the attention.
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