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People Criticize the Publishing Industry for Giving Hate a Platform

Well, where to begin? Milo Yiannopoulos, a vocal supporter and spokesperson for the “alt-right”, or as we know it, white supremacy, has said many offensive, outlandish, and downright horrible things in his career. Many of them having to do with women, people of color, people of other religious backgrounds, and people with different sexual preferences – mostly lesbians, which doesn’t make sense, since he’s gay. He is also is an editor for Breitbart.

Yiannopoulos has said such inflammatory things that he’s been banned from Twitter. He called Leslie Jones, Ghostbusters and SNL star a “Black dude”, which incited his racist followers to bombard her with racist tweets, said “women don’t work as hard”, stood in front of a sign that said “feminism is cancer” – and these aren’t even the worst of them. He even told CNN he would “continue to be as offensive as possible.” 

Folks, it comes to no surprise that this person would receive a book deal. A $250,000 book deal at that – from none other than Simon & Schuster. The money isn’t much, but authors and people alike are sharing their disdain for the book deal all over Twitter. 

It’s difficult to rationalize the logic coming out of the publishing industry. Obviously everyone is talking about Simon & Schuster now, but publishing someone like Milo, and turning away many works of literature from people of color, women, and others doesn’t seem right. 

 

 

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