No-one wants to publish Milo Yiannopoulos’ book after child abuse row
Gay internet troll Milo Yiannopoulos has claimed he is suing his former publisher for $10 million.
Yiannopoulos, a former columnist and semi-professional internet troll was hastily ditched as an alt-right figurehead earlier this year after damaging tapes emerged in which he discussed men who have sex with underage boys.
In just 24 hours the columnist was dropped from far-right news website Breitbart News, had his book deal axed by Simon & Schuster, and was removed from the line-up of the Republican CPAC conference.
His book ‘Dangerous’ had been set for release this year, but after the cancellation of the Simon & Schuster deal Yiannopoulos was apparently unable to find another mainstream publisher.
He confirmed this week that he would be self-publishing his book, despite reportedly attempting to enter negotiations with several publishers over the past few months.
Lashing out at Simon & Schuster, Yiannopoulos said: “I am going to take not just all of their best authors but all of the best authors of all of the conservative imprints in this country and launch my own imprint called Dangerous Books.
“We are going to publish every mischievous, dissident, hellraising guy you have ever heard of.”
He added: “I’m suing Simon and Schuster for $10m to send a message that conservatives and libertarians will not take it lying down any more. (Unless they want to!)
“I am going to blow a hole in the publishing industry forever.”
The wannabe author continued: “Simon & Schuster. I am going to spend the next year making the name Simon & Schuster synonymous with censorship. I am going to spend the next year giving out as many free ‘F**k Simon & Schuster’ shirts as I can.
“We’re suing them… I am suing Simon & Schuster for $10 million dollars.”
However, the publisher seems to be unaware of any such action.
A spokesperson told the Guardian: “Although we have not seen any complaint filed by Mr Yiannopoulos and have not yet been served, we will defend ourselves vigorously against any action he may bring against Threshold Editions and Simon & Schuster.
“We stand behind our cancellation of Mr Yiannopoulos’s book and believe any suit by him to be entirely without merit.”
Despite his resignation from Breitbart, the far-right news site appears to have thrown its weight behind promoting his so-called ‘comeback’, penning a sycophantic article claiming the “B*tch is back”
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Breitbart exec Steve Bannon, a close associate of Yiannopoulos, is a hugely influential figure in the White House, serving as Trump’s Chief Strategist.
Yiannopoulos, who officially held the position of ‘Tech Editor’ on Breitbart but covered a wide range of issues, had come under fire after clips surfaced in which he appeared to defend men who have sex with underage boys.
In one video, Yiannopoulos attacks the age of consent as an “arbitrary one-size-fits-all policing of culture”.
He also claimed that “in the homosexual world, particularly, some of those relationships between younger boys and older men (…) help those young boys discover who they are”.
Yiannopoulos was already deeply controversial, previously claiming he would ‘cure’ himself of being gay if he could, describing trans people as “mentally ill gay men dressing up for attention”, and using a university lecture to single out and bully a transgender student on-stage.