How amusing

A book review magazine decides to boycott an entire publisher for an as yet unannounced deal with a specific author:

Yiannopoulos told the Hollywood Reporter that negative publicity had only boosted his profile, likening it to MTV banning the video for Madonna’s Justify My Love in 1990 and coverage of Trump in the lead-up to the US election.

“They said banning me from Twitter would finish me off,” Yiannopoulos said. “Just as I predicted, the opposite has happened.”

He did not confirm the precise amount paid for his book, but claimed he was offered “a wheelbarrow full of money”.

“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.”

Threshold Editions was founded in 2006 “to provide a forum for … innovative ideas of contemporary conservativism”. According to its mission statement, it is “celebrating 10 years of being right!”

Its recent bestsellers include works by the president-elect Trump, Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh and Dick and Liz Cheney.

The Chicago Review of Books described Yiannopoulos’ book deal as a “disgusting validation of hate” and said it would boycott books published by Simon & Schuster in 2017 in protest.

My, aren’t we all about promoting a diversity of views here.

29 comments on “How amusing

  1. I was just reading the Graun front page myself, their title for this piece is

    “Breitbart Milo Yiannopoulos claims lucrative deal struck for autobiography”

    Other titles on the page include…

    “Women suffer much more work stress than men, says psychiatrist”
    “Exclusive Man wrongly arrested over Berlin attack says he fears for his life”
    “Football Chinese club offered Real Madrid €300m for Ronaldo, says agent”
    “Mosul US military says airstrike may have killed civilians at hospital”

    In fact the only headline on the page using the word “claims” in this context is the Milo headline, all the rest use “says” where “claims” would be as/more suitable. A lovely subtle way of saying “You can’t trust what this person says”.

  2. The Chicago Review of Books described Yiannopoulos’ book deal as a “disgusting validation of hate” and said it would boycott books published by Simon & Schuster in 2017 in protest.

    All books by S&S? That seems, well, not so much extreme as utterly unhinged. But on the other hand, who has ever heard of the Chicago Review of Books?

    I just don’t get why Leftist institutions hate Gay people so much. Poor Milo.

  3. “not so much extreme as utterly unhinged.”
    Indeed.
    The only reason one would subscribe to a book reviewer would be to obtain reviews of books. The books being the important thing here, not the reviews.
    If a reviewer is going to boycott the publications of one major publisher, those seeking reviews of all books are going to go elsewhere.
    Seems a remarkably good way of putting yourself out of business.
    Deservedly.

  4. Perhaps they could burn any unread advance copies they have from S&S, maybe in public? That would be Progressive.

  5. Rob – “Perhaps they could burn any unread advance copies they have from S&S, maybe in public? That would be Progressive.”

    Perhaps they have a list of people who are associated with S&S? Perhaps they could call them in and ask them to name names?

    It shows how much their objections to the House Un-American Activities Committee are due to *who* was criticised, not *how* they were attacked.

  6. From Popehat, via Instapundit: “Fighting Milo with boycotts and outrage is like fighting a dog by throwing bacon at it.”

  7. Milo is brilliant.

    His book’s not even out for another quarter, but he’s already got his enemies promoting it for free.

    Man’s a genius.

  8. His book’s not even out for another quarter, but he’s already got his enemies promoting it for free.

    Man’s a genius.

    You would think they would have learned from Trump, don’t you? Unfortunately for them and fortunately for us, their entire life is one emotional spasm after another, they are children who cannot control themselves. So they scweam and scweam and scweam, every time.

  9. Rob – Yarp. It’s beautiful. Milo deftly sets out the bait and – boom! – they’re in there like a tramp on chips.

    This is classic Milo:

    He did not confirm the precise amount paid for his book, but claimed he was offered “a wheelbarrow full of money”. […]

    Yiannopoulos told the Hollywood Reporter that he was “more powerful, more influential and more fabulous than ever before”

    Gorgeous. The man’s a matador of trolling.

  10. The Inimitable Steve,

    I don’t always agree with him, but even when I don’t, it’s just spectacular to see the pearl clutching that Milo can instigate.

  11. In an era of universal outrage, being deliberately outrageous is a revolutionary act.

    There’s plenty to disagree with in Milo’s actual opinions, but his expression of them is an antidote to the po-faced lockstep bollocks almost everyone else under 40 churns out.

  12. So much to treasure here, but @Charlie Suet’s “po-faced lockstep bollocks” is going into my trolling-academic-colleagues-armoury instantly.

  13. iannopoulos told the Hollywood Reporter that he was “more powerful, more influential and more fabulous than ever before”

    And also a superb user of language – the use of ‘fabulous’ is perfect.

  14. From the facebook page…

    The Chicago Review of Books is an independent literary review dedicated to cultivating awareness of diverse voices in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.

    They probably don’t get the irony. I imagine they don’t have very many readers either. Still, banning S&S titles will dramatically simplify the the job of choosing which books to review.

  15. The Chicago Review of Books sounds like it’s about as intellectually diverse as a lesbian collective’s Book of the Month Club.

  16. “a wheelbarrow full of money”

    A wheelbarrow full of one dollar notes isn’t that huge an amount.

    “And also a superb user of language – the use of ‘fabulous’ is perfect.”

    That’s just standard talk for modern gay men. He’s barely trying with that one.

  17. Having had a look at their website, it’s clearly not anything like the New York Review of Books. Just a bunch of leftist nobodies with a website who have given themselves a grand title, and are looking for publicity.

  18. The Inimitable Steve – “His book’s not even out for another quarter, but he’s already got his enemies promoting it for free.”

    It is Number One on Amazon already in whatever category it is supposed to be in. And, as you say, it is not out for another quarter.

    2016 is the year that Leftist outrage finally became counter productive.

  19. Tel – “A wheelbarrow full of one dollar notes isn’t that huge an amount.”

    A wheelbarrow is about 8 cubic feet. American money is about 6.125″ long x 2.625″ wide x 0.004″ thick. Which means $50,000 would, if I am counting on my fingers right, take up a bit less than 4000 cubic inches. There would be 1728 cubic inches to the cubic foot. So a wheelbarrow could hold on the order of $200,000 in ones. Well that is not a huge amount but it ain’t bad. I also bet few published authors with S&S get that much after the book execs take out all their hookers’n’coke expenses.

    “That’s just standard talk for modern gay men. He’s barely trying with that one.”

    Yeah but he is getting rednecks like me to not only say it but endorse it. That is winning on all sorts of levels.

  20. Depends on how well-packed the money is in the wheelbarrow.

    But with free publicity like this he better start buying some more wheelbarrows.

  21. Tel – “Depends on how well-packed the money is in the wheelbarrow.”

    No, it doesn’t. Actually.

  22. Yes it does. Milo just said a wheelbarrow full of money. That could mean 10k thrown loosely in (like I throw leaves into my wheelbarrow). Or twenty times more tightly packed in (in higher denomination notes). Or anything in between.

  23. BTW this is not a criticism of Milo. I love the guy, and hope he makes so much money that he can buy S&S in two years time, and promote the guys who signed him, and fire everyone else in the company who signed Amy Schumer.

    And then buy Lena Dunham as the charwoman who wipes the sh*t off his dick four times a day.

    (And if he he needs any help finishing the book by March 2017 he need only get me to ghost the friggin’ thing.)

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