According to reports on Thursday, nobody except Milo Yiannopoulous was particularly thrilled to hear that the alt-right creeper has landed a $250,000 book deal with Threshold Editors, a Simon & Schuster imprint.
Gloating to The Hollywood Reporter, Yiannopoulous crowed, “They said banning me from Twitter would finish me off. Just as I predicted, the opposite has happened.”
As you no doubt remember, Yiannopoulous was permanently banned from Twitter during the Ghostbusters backlash for haranguing Leslie Jones under the handle @Nero.
Regarding the ban, a Twitter spokesperson said at the time,“People should be able to express diverse opinions and beliefs on Twitter.”
But no one deserves to be subjected to targeted abuse online, and our rules prohibit inciting or engaging in the targeted abuse or harassment of others.”
According to sources, the $250,000 is merely an advance for Yiannopoulous’s autobiographical book, which will no doubt center on his experiences working at alt-right website Breitbart News.
“I met with top execs at Simon & Schuster earlier in the year,” Yiannopoulous explains to The Hollywood Reporter, “and spent half an hour trying to shock them with lewd jokes and outrageous opinions. I thought they were going to have me escorted from the building — but instead they offered me a wheelbarrow full of money.”
For those who aren’t familiar with Yiannopoulous, he regularly pens articles for alt-right website Breitbart with headlines like “How To Make Women Happy: Uninvent The Washing Machine And The Pill,” and “The Solution To Online ‘Harassment’ Is Simple: Women Should Log Off”.
Right now, Twitter is reacting to the news with outrage, threats to ban or stop reviewing Simon & Schuster books, or, in the case of the alt-right, praising the development. (All of which is unfortunately exactly what Yiannopoulous wants.)
— Shannon Coulter (@shannoncoulter) December 29, 2016
I dislike Milo very much considering his stance on fat shaming.
But your outrage at his book deal only grants him a 2nd book deal, fyi.
— Boogie2988 (@Boogie2988) December 30, 2016
If you didn’t hate Milo so relentlessly, he wouldn’t be a right-wing martyr with a $250k book deal rn, lol.
Dude’s a professional troll.
— Backthony Soontano (@theneedledrop) December 29, 2016
— S J Watson (@SJ_Watson) December 29, 2016
@markdice sextalk is ok if its from a democrat. bring on lena dunham, thats politically correct.
— laura rubin (@laurarubin7) December 29, 2016
Congrats to Simon & Schuster for signing Milo Yiannopoulos to a $250.000 book deal. We’re all looking forward to “Alt-Kampf.”
— Frank Conniff (@FrankConniff) December 29, 2016
Disgusted that @simonschuster gave a lucrative book deal to Milo Yiannopoulos. Repulsive.
— Peter Huestis (@RealSparklePony) December 29, 2016