Roxane Gay Pulls Book After Yiannopoulos Controversy

Quite controversial, Simon & Schuster announced they had struck a book deal with Milo Yiannopolous, Editor of the far-right website news source, Brietbart, for $250,000. The publisher was met with an outcry of people who disagreed with the decision, claiming Milo shouldn’t be given a bigger platform to voice his views, which are often seen as racist and sexist. 

Roxane Gay, whose literary works include Bad Feminist, An Untamed State, Hunger, and more recently, Difficult Women, decided that she would pull her forthcoming novel, How to Be Heard from Simon & Schuster. 

According to Buzzfeed, “How to Be Heard was scheduled to be published in March 2018 with TED Books, an imprint of S&S.”

Gay told Buzzfeed, “I can’t in good conscience let them publish it while they also publish Milo. So I told my agent over the weekend to pull the project.”

Even though reports came forward claiming that his book won’t feature any hate speech, she tweeted,

As of right now, Gay hasn’t placed the book anywhere else, but she hopes to publish it soon.


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