Here is a timeline of all our coverage of the controversy surrounding former Breitbart pundit Milo Yiannopoulos's book Dangerous, which was slated for publication by Simon & Schuster, until it was cancelled after video surfaced in which the author appeared to condone pedophilia. Click the headlines below to read the full stories.
12/30/17 Milo Yiannopolous Book Deal with S&S Generates Backlash: The Hollywood Reporter revealed that Milo Yiannopoulos, the editor of Breitbart Tech and a well-known "alt-right" pundit, had secured a $250,000 advance in a book deal with Simon & Schuster's conservative imprint, Threshold Editions.
1/1/17 Free Speech Groups Defend S&S Yiannopoulos Deal: Free speech organizations including the National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) have begun to speak out in defense of Simon & Schuster after a book deal the publisher's Threshold Editions imprint made with controversial Breitbart Tech editor Milo Yiannopoulos spurred widespread backlash, including calls to boycott S&S and to not review S&S titles.
1/6/17 Milo Yiannopoulos Book May Not Be Coming To a Store Near You: One late addition to the Threshold Editions list, the conservative imprint of Simon & Schuster, is giving some indies pause. The imprint will be publishing Milo Yiannopoulos’s Dangerous on March 14. The editor at Breitbart and far-right pundit, who has been permanently banned from Twitter, received a $250,000 advance, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
1/12/17 S&S Children's Authors Protest Yiannopoulos Deal: More than 160 children's book authors and illustrators sign a letter to S&S CEO and president Carolyn Reidy protesting the deal.
1/24/16 Reidy Explains Decision Behind Yiannopoulos Deal: In a letter sent to employees and some authors, Simon & Schuster CEO Carolyn Reidy looked to assure those concerned about the signing of controversial author Milo Yiannopoulos by S&S imprint Threshold Editions that the company will not publish books that contain hate speech.
1/26/17 Roxane Gay, Citing Milo Deal, Pulls Book from S&S: On Wednesday, Roxane Gay became the latest author to protest conservative Simon & Schuster imprint Threshold Editions's controversial book deal with Breitbart Tech editor Milo Yiannopoulos, pulling her own book, How to Be Heard, from the publisher's TED Books imprint.
2/3/17 Why the Milo Yiannopoulos Book Deal Tarnishes the Publishing Industry: Joy Peskin, editorial director of FSG Books for Young Readers, pens a PW soapbox saying 'Dangerous' "Tarnishes the Publishing Industry."
2/4/17 Yiannopoulos Book Release Pushed Back: The release date for 'Dangerous' is pushed back from 3/14/17 to 6/13/17 so the author could include material about UC protests.
2/15/17 In Defense of Milo Yiannopoulos's Book: I’ve been continually shocked by the willingness of many in the publishing industry to stifle Milo’s opinions. The right to speak freely, even if your opinions are unpopular, should be the bedrock of our industry. As Bill Maher said recently in response to the UC Berkeley riots, “Free speech should be something we own.” The AAP, ABA, Authors Guild, CBLDF, FTRF, Index on Censorship, NCAC, and NCTE all agree with me. Unfortunately, many in publishing did not heed their sound and sage words.
2/20/17 S&S Cancels Milo Yiannopoulos's Book: A brief statement released by the company read: “After careful consideration, Simon & Schuster and its Threshold Editions imprint have cancelled publication of Dangerous by Milo Yiannopoulos.”