Like many people, Saturday Night Live and Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones is not amused by Simon & Schuster’s recent announcement that it will be publishing a book by Breitbart editor, alt-right agitator and Twitter troll Milo Yiannopolous.
News of Yiannopolous’ deal broke last week when The Hollywood Reporter revealed that the publisher’s Threshold Editions imprint had signed the writer—who was banned from Twitter last summer for abusive behavior—for an autobiography with an advance in the region of $250,000. The news provoked an immediate backlash on social media, with many suggesting a boycott of all Simon & Schuster books. (S&S’s UK division has already distanced itself from the deal, announcing that it will not publish the book.)
Jones has a personal stake in the discussion: She was the target of the Twitter hate campaign that got Yiannopolous banned from the platform. Responding to a tweeted statement from the publisher about the project—"We do not and never have condoned discrimination or hate speech in any form,“ it reads, adding, "While we are cognizant that many may disagree vehemently with the books we publish we note that the opinions expressed therein belong to our authors, and do not reflect either a corporate viewpoint or the views of our employees"—Jones fired back:
yea but you still help them spread their hate to even more people.— Leslie Jones 🦋 (@Lesdoggg) January 2, 2017
If there’s a silver lining for Jones and others who find Yiannopolous’ brand of hate disgusting, it’s that the book, to be titled Dangerous and currently scheduled for March publication, might never appear. After all, the writer has previously announced two other books, one on Gamergate, and a second titled The Sociopaths of Silicon Valley, which have yet to materialize.