Publishing company Simon & Schuster announced the cancellation of Milo Yiannopoulos’ book on Monday as the provocateur’s fellow employees at Breitbart threaten to quit unless he is fired.
According to a statement released by the publisher Monday evening: “After careful consideration, Simon & Schuster and its Threshold Editions imprint have cancelled publication of Dangerous by Milo Yiannopoulos.”
Yiannopoulos also confirmed the statements on Facebook, posting: “They canceled my book.”
He also said: “I’ve gone through worse. This will not defeat me.”
The book had initially been secured with an advance of $250,000 to be released by publishing Simon & Schuster’s more conservative division, Threshold Editions.
According to the official Facebook page of Milo Yiannopoulos, the book, meant to have been an autobiography entitled Dangerous was supposed to be released June 13 of this year.
This is Yiannopoulos’ third book that never came to be published, after the cancelation of previous titles regarding the Gamergate controversy as well as Silicon Valley.
Simon & Schuster came to the decision after outrage due to a video recording appearing to portray Yiannopoulos encouraging sex between older men and “younger boys”.
His remarks were made during an interview livestreamed online, and began circulating in edited footage throughout Twitter.
Outrageous Comments On Video
In the footage, Yiannopoulos stated that consent and age is “not this black and white thing” and relationships “between younger boys and older men … can be hugely positive experiences”.
Consequently, the American Conservative Union withdrew its invitation for Yiannopoulos to come speak at the annual CPac conference due to his “offensive video … condoning paedophilia”.
Matt Schlapp, the chairman of the ACU, said Yiannopoulos gave an “insufficient” response, urging him towards “immediately further addressing these disturbing comments”.
In addition, the Washingtonian reported that employees at the organization Breitbart, where Yiannopoulos works, are currently threatening their resignation of he is not immediately fired.
On another video posted on his Facebook page for only hours Monday, Yiannopoulos stated that the reports saying that he endorses child abuse are “nothing could be further from the truth”.
“I find those crimes to be absolutely disgusting. I find those people to be absolutely disgusting.”
He didn’t dispute the recording at all, but rather said that his comments were “stupidly worded” by him, but had been edited, removing context.
“In most cases – you guys know – if I say something outrageous or offensive, in most cases my only regret is that I didn’t piss off more people, but in this case if I could do it again I wouldn’t phrase things the same way. Because it’s led to confusion.”
The video had been removed Facebook after three hours of posting. Yiannopoulous then announced that he is going to hold a press conference later Tuesday afternoon in NY.