Remember Milo Yiannopolous? You know, the racist, alt-reich “provocateur” and former Breitbart writer, who declared that “feminism is cancer” and that 13-year-olds can consent to sex? He was set to deliver his memoir, Dangerous to publisher company Simon & Schuster. Initially, he was given a book deal by them, but they later cancelled it after the video of him condoning paedophilia surfaced.
Editor Mitchell Ivers’ comments show us exactly how disturbing Milo is, though it is doubtful whether this will change the minds of his fans.
It’s a good thing this book will never see the light of day. At least, not without these notes to accompany it. It’s worth mentioning that the editor did not refuse to do the job. Just because he made a few criticisms of Milo’s manuscript does not mean he should be praised.
In the full exhibit, you’ll find that the editor was not trying to make Milo’s manuscript nicer or less hateful, but rather less blunt and obvious. And covert, toned-down racism can often be more dangerous than the overt kind. At the end of the day, Simon and Schuster were still going to publish his book.
‘This is not the time or place for another black-dick joke’
‘There was NO blood, NO semen and there was NO Satanism.’
‘I will not accept a manuscript that labels an entire class of people “mentally ill”’
‘Delete irrelevant and superfluous ethnic joke’
‘You can’t say ugly people are drawn to the left. Have you ever seen the people at a Trump rally?’
‘We paid you an advance’
‘Beauty regime moved…after Nietzsche section’
Don’t forget, this is the kind of person Berkeley University, Bill Maher, and the University of Washington were okay with platforming, because “free speech”. Even though there is ample evidence to show that popularising and normalising hate speech can lead to actual violence against the people it targets.
The publisher knew who Yiannopoulos was when they gave him a $255,000 advance. The editor’s brutal comments are somewhat entertaining, but none of this should distract from the fact that they sought to make his bigotry both digestible and marketable. https://t.co/Ssg20zht0h
— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) December 28, 2017