Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Another Leftist censorship attempt

Simon & Schuster has defended a reported $US250,000 book deal with alt-right blogger Milo Yiannopoulos, after the news sparked backlash from authors and book reviewers accusing the publisher of condoning hate speech.

Dangerous, due out in March, has already shot to the top of Amazon's bestseller list, based on pre-order purchases alone. 

Yiannopoulos, 32, a blogger for the far-right opinion website Breitbart News - whose influence now reaches the highest offices of US government, after president-elect Donald Trump named Stephen Bannon, the site's founder and executive chair, as his Chief Strategist – has a history of controversial statements, including attacking feminism, Islam, transgender people, Black Lives Matter and the "regressive left", on a platform of anti-PC "free speech".

Last July, he was permanently banned from Twitter, following racist and sexist messages aimed at Ghostbusters actress, Leslie Jones.

Confirming the announcement in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Yiannopoulos taunted his detractors.

"They said banning me from Twitter would finish me off. Just as I predicted, the opposite has happened," he said.

"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," he added.

Simon & Schuster's decision to publish Yiannopoulos' incendiary views – via their imprint Threshold Editions, which previously published Trump's Crippled America and Great Again - was instantly condemned from many within the industry.

In a statement addressing the backlash, Simon & Schuster said it does not condone discrimination or hate speech and asked readers to "withhold judgment until they have had a chance to read the actual contents of the book."

The book is due for release on March 14.



Anonymous said...

I don't know anything about it, but I am naturally skeptical of the response of Liberals.

Bird of Paradise said...

liberals are the biggist bunch of hypotcrites around they yammer all the time of FREE SPEECH but if someone says something that offends their little snowflake feelings they must be burned at the stake

Anonymous said...

Their outrage and butt hurt have only increased coverage of his book, and have already driven it to number 1 on several lists.