Milo Yiannopoulos, whose planned event at UC Berkeley campus caused $10,000 worth of damage during community protest, just lost his book deal with the Simon & Schuster company. While the company's official statement did not say why they decided to cancel the deal, we think it might have something to do with Yiannopoulos' comments about pedophilia.
“After careful consideration, Simon & Schuster and its Threshold Editions imprint have canceled publication of Dangerous by Milo Yiannopoulos,” the publisher said in a statement released Monday.
Yiannopoulos was also disinvited from the Conservative Political Action Conference, an event hosted by the American Conservative Union (ACU), after video of his defense of pedophilia became public.
“In the homosexual world particularly, some of those relationships between younger boys and older men, the sort of coming-of-age relationships in which those older men have helped those young boys to discover who they are and give them security and safety and provide them with love and a reliable -- and sort of a rock where they can’t speak to their parents,” Yiannopoulos says in the clip.
While conservatives have long defended the Breitbart editor, endorsing pedophilia was going too far. They had "initially extended the invitation knowing that the free speech issue on college campuses is a battlefield where we need brave, conservative standard-bearers" but that Yiannopoulos' later comments were "disturbing."
Yiannopoulos backtracked on his statement shortly after breaking news about his book deal on his Facebook page.
His pedophilia commentary comes on the heels of his sexist comments during an interview on HBO's Real Time. In the interview, Yiannopoulos said female comedians like Amy Schumer and Sarah Silverman “used to be funny before they contracted feminism.”
“You’re literally the only good [liberal],” he told host Bill Maher, before slamming Lena Dunham as the poster woman for the Democratic Party’s issues. “The Democrats are the party of Lena Dunham. These people are mental, hideous people, and the more that America sees of Lena Dunham, the fewer votes that the Democratic Party is going to get.”
Maher told the Breitbart editor to stop picking on "fellow HBO stars" and to "get off the Trump train."
The jury is still out on whether another publishing company will pick up Yianopoulos' Dangerous.