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Milo Yiannopoulos self-publishes 'Dangerous'

Author and conservative provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos announces his lawsuit against Simon & Schuster outside the publisher's New York offices on July 7.

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Author and conservative provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos announces his lawsuit against Simon & Schuster outside the publisher's New York offices on July 7.

Milo Yiannopolous doesn't turn the other cheek.

The conservative provocateur and self-styled "dangerous faggot" has self-published the book that Simon & Schuster cancelled in February -- and sued the publisher for that cancellation.

Yiannopolous' career as a tech editor at Breitbart and aspiring conservative speaker-insult comic kicked into high gear with the announcement that his book, Dangerous, would be published by Simon & Schuster. The book catapulted into the news in January when feminist author Roxane Gay, who had a contract to publish her TED talk with Simon & Schuster, withdrew that book in protest against the offensive content of Dangerous, based on Yiannopolous' history of inflammatory, offensive speech against women, Muslims, liberals, Jews, gays and pretty much everyone else except Donald Trump, whom he calls "Daddy."

Simon & Schuster said that it would publish Yiannopoulos' book, arguing that it was a matter of free expression rights.

But in February a podcast surfaced in which Yiannopolous said that his sexual relationship as a 13-year old boy with a priest was not abuse or pedophilia. At that point, Simon & Sschuster cancelled his contract and asked for the return of most of his $250,000 advance. He also lost a speaking engagement at the Conservative Political Action Conference and his Breitbart job.

He vowed he would self-publish Dangerous, and on July 4 he did. On July 7, the book was the No. 3 bestseller on Amazon.

The same day, at a sidewalk protest in front of Simon & Schuster's New York offices, Yiannopolous announced he was filing a $10 million lawsuit against the publisher for breach of contract.

Yiannopolous self-published the book through his own company, also called Dangerous. According to Publishers Weekly, Matt Sheldon, director of business development at Yiannopoulos's PR firm, AMW Public Relations, said that the author had received $12 million in funding from private investors for the company.

PW reported that Yiannopoulos invested some of that in a book launch party at the DL, a club on New York's Lower East Side, which featured the author in a karate uniform engaging in a staged fight with actors dressed in burkas and the pink hats made popular by the Women's Marches around the country in January. There was also a dunk tank with a Hillary Clinton impersonator in prison orange.

I haven't received a review copy of Dangerous, but a sample of it is available in the Kindle store on Amazon. If the first dozen or so pages are representative, it's not exactly a thoughtful statement of genuine conservatism. It's mainly all about Milo, with lots of random insults hurled against pretty much everyone else, and oh lordy, as James Comey might say, does it need an editor. In its opening paragraphs the author returns to the tale of teen sex that got his contract cancelled and basically (although it's tough to follow him) defends it all over again: "I didn't do anything I didn't want to do." It will be interesting to see how conservative readers get past that.

Yiannopolous does come up with an occasional effective one-liner, though, like this self-descripton: "I'm like the Zsa Zsa Gabor of political discourse."

 

[Last modified: Friday, July 7, 2017 6:23pm]

    

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