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Far-right provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos hasn't had a lot of luck with his book Dangerous. Never reaching its initial publication date, the book was dropped by its would-be publisher Simon & Schuster, who faced criticism for even associating with one of the worst people ever. Following the announcement that they would no longer publish the book, Yiannopoulos submitted a lawsuit against the publisher for breach of contract back in February.
Simon & Schuster reportedly paid a $250,000 advance for Yiannopoulos' memoir, but they decided against publishing the book (via their Threshold Editions imprint, which handles conservative authors like Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh) less than a year after it was announced. The noted pedophilia advocate would go on to publish the book through his own publishing company, Dangerous Books, this past July.
New legal documents from Simon & Schuster's rebuttal to Milo's suit detail just how difficult it was working with him. The docs show that the publisher had extensive issues with the content of the manuscript. One comment reads, "'The Why Establishment Gays Hate Me' chapter 'needs a better central thesis than the notion that gay people should go back in the closet.'"
This section of Simon & Schuster’s rebuttal to Milo’s lawsuit over DANGEROUS. 🤭 pic.twitter.com/JxydVQpx4f— Jason Pinter (@jasonpinter) December 27, 2017
The papers include a number of other comments by Simon & Schuster editor Mitchell Ivers about the manuscript, including, "The feminist chapter needed a 'stronger' argument against feminism than saying that they are ugly and sexless and have cats.'" Shorter comments pertaining to other parts of the manuscript include, "Avoid gratuitous insults," "Unclear, unfunny, delete," "This section feels phenomenally petty," and "This doesn't make sense or pass intellectual muster."
It's unclear if these comments offer a hint as to why the book was dropped by Threshold, but they do paint a messy picture. Yiannopoulos is perhaps best known as a writer for far-right website Brietbart, where he was previously a senior editor. He's also one of the few provocative hard-right people on Twitter to actually get banned by the social network, while other "alt-right" personalities like Richard Spencer and Mike Cernovich have yet to receive such treatment.
Yiannopoulos hasn't commented on the legal documents. Complex reached out to Ivers and Jennifer Robinson at Threshold Editions for comment, but hasn't heard back.