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Milo Yiannopoulos's $250,000 Book Deal Outraged Hollywood but Their Boycott Just Backfired


On Thursday, Breitbart editor, Milo Yiannopoulos, announced he received a $250,000 book deal from Simon & Schuster. His book, “Dangerous” hasn't been released yet, but it's already started to gather reviews.

Shannon Coulter, co-founder of the anti-Trump protest #GrabYourWallet, voiced her concern on Twitter:

Democrats Sarah Silverman and Judd Apatow called for a boycott:

The Chicago Review of Books went as far as to punish other Simon & Schuster authors:

“Dangerous” topped the charts at number one the day after the announcement, proving the boycott may have backfired. Yiannopoulos celebrated his book's success on Facebook:

In a comment on the post he addressed his fans:

“Thank you all for helping to make this happen. It's magical watching them all so incredibly mad.”

Simon & Schuster issued a statement regarding the controversial new book. The statement reiterated that what is in the books they publish, doesn't reflect their own thoughts:

“While we are cognizant that many may disagree vehemently with the books we publish we note that the opinions expressed therein belong to our authors, and do not reflect either a corporate viewpoint or the views of our employees.”

They also asked people to withhold judgment until they've “had a chance to read the actual contents.”

On Friday, Yiannopoulos spoke to Business Insider about his experience with the publisher and his thoughts on the boycott. He said:

“As is now painfully obvious from my Twitter ban, boycotts tend to make the shunned more popular. Simon & Schuster apparently understands this, which makes them the smartest of the big publishers.”

Yiannopoulos has had his Twitter account shut down multiple times for his “hate speech.” Often attributed with the “alt-right,” he called out a major contradiction with that narrative:

“There are some fringe factions of the alt-right that have demonstrated genuinely racist, anti-Semitic, and prejudiced leanings. They clearly don't want a Jewish, homosexual, black-d—- supremacist as a spokesman.”

“Dangerous” beat out Carrie Fisher's novel, “The Princess Diarist” and has promised to be provocative. While we'll have to wait until it's released on March 17th to see just how provocative, the pundit hopes it will “offend everyone.”

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