Unapologetic alt-right idiot and Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos has said a lot of offensive, bigoted and stupid things. And finally, one of them cost him a book deal. Over the weekend, a video surfaced in which Yiannopoulos made comments condoning sexual relations with boys as young as 13 years old and made light of pedophilia conducted by Catholic priests. On Monday, the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), who had scheduled him as their keynote speaker, decided to un-invite him from this week's conference after making waves by announcing him as the featured guest just two days prior.
Then, Simon & Schuster dumped him and canceled his book Dangerous that was slated to come out in June 2017, and has already sold 50,000 copies via pre-order, according to The New York Times. But the straw that broke the camel's back came a bit too late for many who criticized Simon & Schuster when they didn't cancel the book earlier. Yiannopoulos has made many other hateful comments in the past, including openly mocking a trans student on a college campus in December and leading a slew of racist comments against SNL comedian Leslie Jones on Twitter. The problem is that Yiannopoulos doesn't represent a set of political beliefs so much as he is a poster-child for a brand of racist, transphobic, xenophobic and sexist nationalism that shouldn't be encouraged. So, the internet gave Simon & Schuster the roasting they probably deserved for waiting so long to pull the plug. Here are some of the best responses to the whole incident.
And lastly, I'll leave you with a comment by author Roxanne Gay, who states that Simon & Schuster was acting out of self-preservation and in interest of their business, not making a political statement. Considering none of Yiannopoulos' previous comments weren't enough to cause them to cancel the book, it seems like she's right about that: