Far-right internet troll handed $250,000 book deal
Far-right internet troll Milo Yiannopoulos has reportedly landed a book deal.
Milo Yiannopoulos has seen his media profile rise thanks to attention-grabbing comments and support of Donald Trump, whom he refers to as ‘daddy’.
The controversial journalist has previously claimed he would ‘cure’ himself of being gay if he could, and describes trans people as “mentally ill gay men dressing up for attention”.
Yiannopoulos had a tumultuous 2016, getting banned from Twitter earlier this year after allegedly encouraging a wave of racist abuse directed at Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones.
Meanwhile he has capitalised on his cult-like following with a ‘Dangerous Faggot Tour’ at universities and colleges across the US – exploiting a recent appearance at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee to single out and bully a transgender student on-stage.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the internet troll has signed a book deal with Simon & Schuster imprint Threshold Editions today to write a book, including a reported $250,000 advance.
Yiannopoulos told the outlet: “I met with top execs at Simon & Schuster earlier in the year and spent half an hour trying to shock them with lewd jokes and outrageous opinions.
“I thought they were going to have me escorted from the building – but instead they offered me a wheelbarrow full of money.
“Every line of attack the forces of political correctness try on me fails pathetically. I’m more powerful, more influential, and more fabulous than ever before and this book is the moment Milo goes mainstream.
“Social justice warriors should be scared, very scared.”
In a pre-election video in support of Donald Trump, Yiannopoulos burned a Pride flag, while echoing Trump’s own unsubstantiated claim that mass killings of gay people would be commonplace under Hillary Clinton.