Milo Yiannopoulos’s autobiography, Dangerous, has had a turbulent existence despite never reaching its intended publication date. The book was announced just over a year ago, and within 24 hours reached the top of Amazon’s best-sellers chart on pre-sales alone. 

However, by February, the controversialist’s publisher, Simon  Schuster, who had reportedly paid Yiannopoulos a $250,000 advance for the memoir, dropped the publication of Dangerous. Yiannopoulos submitted a lawsuit against the company for “breach of contract”. 

Writer and publisher Jason Pinter has shared what purport to be legal documents from Simon Schuster’s rebuttal to Yiannopoulos’s July suit. They supposedly outline the publisher’s problems with his manuscript. Specifically, the chapters and arguments that needed more attention:

  • “The Why Establishment Gays Hate Me chapter ‘needs a better central thesis than the notion that gay people should go back in the closest'”
  • “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.”

Other comments and pointers include:

  • “Avoid gratuitous insults”
  • “Unclear, unfunny, delete”
  • “This entire paragraph is just repeating Fake News”
  • “MAJOR POINT: You will have to address the charge of racism clearly and with greater depth”
  • “This section feels phenomenally petty”
  • “This whole section has to go. Too much ego”
  • “This entire argument is ridiculous”
  • “This doesn’t make sense or pass intellectual muster”

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