Milo Yiannopoulos, Breitbart technology editor, has signed a $250,000 book deal with Threshold Editions, an imprint of publishing house Simon & Schuster, said the Hollywood Reporter on Thursday.
“The book deal gives Yiannopoulos a new platform to amplify his hateful rhetoric and contribute to misogyny and white supremacy,” says Varkiani.
Yiannopoulos rose to prominence as an editor “pushing white ethno-nationalism as a legitimate response to political correctness, and the comment section turning into a cesspool for white supremacist mememakers,” according to former Editor-at-Large Ben Shapiro — and helped to turn Breitbart into the alt-right’s go-to website.
First attracting notice in 2014 for his major role in GamerGate, Yiannopoulos exhorted his followers to harass and intimidate targeted women in the tech industry with rape and death threats, Adrienne Mahsa Varkiani reports. Since then, Varkiani says, Yiannopoulos orchestrated numerous attacks on “women, Muslims, transgender people, Black Lives Matter activists, people of color in general, and refugees,” before being banned from Twitter.
Many in publishing have already expressed their intense disappointment in Simon & Schuster for working with Yiannopoulos and promoting and glorifying hate speech.