First drafts are never good, but damn, Milo Yiannopoulos, WTF kind of book manuscript did you file to Simon & Schuster?
On Wednesday, Jason Pinter, a publisher at Polis Books, tweeted out excerpts of Milo Yiannopoulos’s lawsuit against Simon & Schuster for canceling the publication of his memoir Dangerous in the February.
In the suit, Yiannopoulos alleges that Simon & Schuster “wrongfully, and in bad faith, terminated the contract with Yiannopoulous in violation of its terms and cancelled Dangerous under pressure from authors, bookselling accounts, business and special-interest groups, celebrities, and various other self-appointed censors who disagreed with views expressed by Yiannopoulos.”
However, it’s not Yiannopoulos’s claims against the publishing house drawing the watchful eyes of the internet. It’s Simon & Schuster editor Mitchell Ivers’s notes on Yiannopoulus’s first draft, which were provided as a rebuttal in the lawsuit, that’s got the internet like “damn.”
In the tweet, Pinter highlights a summary of Simon & Schuster’s rebuttal, which included notes provided on Yiannopoulos’s manuscript that:
The “Why Establishment Gays Hate Me” chapter “needs a better thesis than the notion that gay people should go back in the closet”
The feminist chapter needed a “stronger argument against feminism than saying that they are ugly and sexless and have cats.”
“There needs to be a Preamble “On Freedom of Speech and Political Correctness” that would be a short and serious statement here that sets out why you do what you do, without trolling, without bombast, without name-calling, and without ego”
Avoid gratuitous insults
“Unclear, unfunny, delete”
“This entire paragraph is just repeating Fake News.”
“We do not and never have condoned discrimination or hate speech in any form,” the publishing house said. “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.”
Also, exhibits in Yiannopoulos’s filings also indicate that, despite the harsh notes to the manuscript, Simon & Schuster did not immediately cancel the book and continued working with Yiannopoulos through subsequent drafts.
However, Yiannapoulos argues in the lawsuit that the deal was dropped because of the reports on the video:
“In reality, Simon & Schuster, abruptly and without warning, informed Yiannopoulos’s book agent that it was terminating Yiannopoulos’s agreement and canceling the publication of Dangerous only hours after a news story broke that Breitbart News may be dismissing Yiannopoulos in the wake of false and misleading reports that he had publicly condoned pedophilia – an accusation he has vociferously denied in social media postings, as well as in the pages of Dangerous.”