Conservative firebrand Milo Yiannopoulos’ book “Dangerous” won’t be coming out — at least not via Simon & Schuster.
“After careful consideration, Simon & Schuster and its Threshold Editions imprint have canceled publication of ‘Dangerous’ by Milo Yiannopoulos,” a spokeswoman for the publisher told TheWrap on Monday. The decision comes after several controversial comments from the Breitbart editor surfaced over the weekend.
The book was to be released next month. However, comments made by Yiannopoulos caused a huge uproar over the weekend. On Sunday, a video surfaced in which Yiannopoulos said some relationships between adults and 13-year-olds are consensual. He also joked that being molested had made him good at oral sex.
Yiannopoulis responded to the uproar on Facebook. However, his response was not enough to prevent the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) from rescinding an invitation for him to speak at a conference on Wednesday.
“Due to the revelation of an offensive video in the past 24 hours condoning pedophilia, the American Conservative Union has decided to rescind the invitation of Milo Yiannopoulos to speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference,” the organization said in a statement.
After being dropped from the CPAC conference, Yiannopoulos once again took to Facebook to address the backlash, writing Monday, “I am a gay man, and a child abuse victim … I would like to restate my utter disgust at adults who sexually abuse minors.”
Yiannopoulos went on to say that he was “horrified by pedophilia,” adding that he’s “outed three of them, in fact — three more than most of my critics.”
The video started out on a tumultuous note for the Breitbart editor, who appeared on HBO’s “Real Time With Bill Maher” on Friday and grabbed attention after he accused transgender women of wanting to molest children.
In addition to the dashed book deal and the CPAC disinvitation, Fox Business Network reported on Monday that Yiannopoulos might lose his job at Breitbart over the comments.
According to the financial network “there is a fierce internal debate at Breitbart over whether he should remain with the website over his latest comments,” with some at the right-wing site telling Fox that Yiannopoulos could be dismissed as early as end of the day Monday.
In his latest Facebook post Monday afternoon, Yiannopoulos vowed: “I’ve gone through worse. This will not defeat me.”