Newswire: Roxane Gay pulls book from Simon & Schuster over Milo Yiannopoulos deal

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BuzzFeed News reports that noted author and feminist Roxane Gay has pulled her upcoming book from Simon & Schuster in response to the six-figure deal the publisher offered Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos. Gay told BuzzFeed News that she couldn’t “in good conscience” move forward with publishing How To Be Heard through S&S imprint TED Books, not when Yiannopoulos is being given a significant platform for his hateful alt-right preaching via S&S’s Threshold Editions.

Yiannopoulos landed the $250,000 deal with Simon & Schuster in the wake of being booted from Twitter for instigating the online harassment of Leslie Jones, whose website was also hacked. Jones, of course, criticized Simon & Schuster for the decision, and she wasn’t alone. Now the actress-comedian has been joined by Gay, author of such acclaimed works as Bad Feminist and An Untamed State. Gay tweeted that she’s putting her money where ...