“Supervillain” Milo Yiannopoulos Pockets “Wheelbarrow Full of Money” From Simon & Schuster

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January 4th, 2017 – Milo Yiannopoulos has found a new home for his politically incorrect writings after Twitter banned him last summer. The Breitbart editor and self-proclaimed “most fabulous supervillain on the Internet” landed a $250,000 book deal with Simon & Schuster. The news elicited accusations, defenses and boastful pride from celebrities, publishers and the villain himself.

A spokesperson from Threshold, a division of Simon & Schuster, confirmed that they are set to publish Yiannopoulos’ book on March 14th of this year. The book, currently titled “Dangerous,” will focus on free speech and the rise of the Trump phenomenon.
“Readers can expect a string of waspish one-liners and bitchy put-downs from America’s favorite mischievous gay conservative,” a press release from Yiannopoulos, which also mentioned the book deal is worth a “mid-six figure sum.”
Yiannopoulos has forged his brand by becoming a provocative online presence, targeting the transgender community, feminists and the Black Lives Matter movement. He gained even more attention when he went after SNL comic Leslie Jones on Twitter, and encouraged his followers to harass her, as well.
"Supervillain" Milo Yiannopoulos Pockets "Wheelbarrow Full of Money" From Simon & Schuster
His controversy-heavy history has led many to speak out against Simon & Schuster for allowing hate speech to not only be rewarded but to be spread even further.

The guy has freedom of speech but to fund him & give him a platform tells me a LOT about @simonschuster YUCK AND BOO AND GROSS https://t.co/CNDUDOHzke — Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) December 29, 2016

While the backlash has been strong, there are plenty who support Yiannopoulos and defend his right to freedom of speech. Simon & Schuster also tweeted out their defense of publishing the book.

"Supervillain" Milo Yiannopoulos Pockets "Wheelbarrow Full of Money" From Simon & Schuster

The supervillain doesn’t seem to be worrying about the outcries; he’s preparing to go mainstream.
“Every line of attack the forces of political correctness try on me fails pathetically. I’m more powerful, more influential, and more fabulous than ever before,” he said. “This book is the moment Milo goes mainstream.”

“I met with top execs at Simon & Schuster earlier in the year 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,” Yiannopoulos told The Hollywood Reporter.

While many book reviewers have already stated that they won’t cover “Dangerous,” Yiannopoulos is relying on history to repeat itself telling THR “They said banning me from Twitter would finish me off. Just as I predicted, the opposite has happened. Did it hurt Madonna being banned from MTV in the 1990s? Did all that negative press hurt Donald Trump’s chances of winning the election?”

Do you think Simon & Schuster should publish Milo Yiannopoulos’ book? Where should we draw the line between free speech and hate speech?

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