Leslie Jones Has Beef With Breitbart Editor's Book Deal
Simon & Schuster is helping to 'spread hate,' she says
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 4, 2017 10:54 AM CST
Leslie Jones arrives at the ELLE Women in Comedy Event at Hyde Sunset on Tuesday, June 7, 2016, in Los Angeles.   (Photo by Rich Fury/Invision/AP)

(Newser) – Milo Yiannopoulos was allegedly behind the racist and sexist harassment of Leslie Jones on Twitter, and now the controversial Breitbart editor has a book deal. Jones isn't letting that fact slip by quietly. After publisher Simon & Schster released a statement defending the deal from the backlash that ensued, insisting the company does not condone "discrimination or hate speech" but is committed to publishing "a wide range of authors," Jones tweeted, "Yea but you still help them spread their hate to even more people."

Meanwhile, the uproar over Yiannopoulos' book deal continues elsewhere—the Evening Standard has rounded up authors who've spoken out against it, and a representative of Simon & Schuster UK tells the Bookseller that division won't be publishing the book. Over at Vox, Constance Grady attempts to explain the book deal: Yiannopoulos may be "a leader of the racist, misogynist far-right fringe movement known as the alt-right, who built his career on being hateful to people on the internet and has been described as a professional troll and the leader of an online hate mob," but there's money—increasing amounts of money—in the conservative book market.

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