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Controversy erupts with Yiannopoulos deal
2017-01-01

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A whirlwind of controversy has surfaced regarding book-publishing company Simon & Schuster ( and, more specifically, the Threshold Editions imprint ) striking a $250,000 deal with British gay "alt-right" figure Milo Yiannopoulos.

Yiannopoulos is probably best known for getting himself banned from Twitter after he encouraged racist harassment of SNL star Leslie Jones.

The company is standing by the deal. In a statement, Simon & Schuster said, "We do not and never have condoned discrimination or hate speech in any form. ... 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."

In light of the deal, there is talk of boycotting Simon & Schuster. For example, the Chicago Review of Books announced that it will not review any books by the publisher in 2017 because of its "disgusting validation of hate." Los Angeles Times book editor Carolyn Kellogg described Yiannopoulos as a "troll promoting racist, sexist views."


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