The editor’s notes on Milo Yiannopolous’s book are way better than the actual book

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First drafts are never good, but damn, Milo Yiannopoulos, WTF kind of book manuscript did you file to Simon & Schuster?

On Wednesday, Jason Pinter, a publisher at Polis Books, tweeted out excerpts of Milo Yiannopoulos’s lawsuit against Simon & Schuster for canceling the publication of his memoir Dangerous in the February. 

In the suit, Yiannopoulos alleges that Simon & Schuster “wrongfully, and in bad faith, terminated the contract with Yiannopoulous in violation of its terms and cancelled Dangerous under pressure from authors, bookselling accounts, business and special-interest groups, celebrities, and various other self-appointed censors who disagreed with views expressed by Yiannopoulos.”

However, it’s not Yiannopoulos’s claims against the publishing house drawing the watchful eyes of the internet. It’s Simon & Schuster editor Mitchell Ivers’s notes on Yiannopoulus’s first draft, which were provided as a rebuttal in the lawsuit, that’s got the internet like “damn.”

In the tweet, Pinter highlights a summary of Simon & Schuster’s rebuttal, which included notes provided on Yiannopoulos’s manuscript that:

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

  • 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”

  • Avoid gratuitous insults

  • “Unclear, unfunny, delete”

  • “This entire paragraph is just repeating Fake News.”

But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. 

On Thursday, a day after Pinter’s tweet, software engineer Sarah Mei posted a Twitter thread stating that she found Yiannopoulos’s full court filing on New York City’s County Clerk website, which includes Yiannopoulos’s entire manuscript with notes from Ivers as Exhibit B, which were “even better than the excerpts in the filing.”

Included in Mei’s tweets are choice editors notes like:

  • “Delete irrelevant and superfluous ethnic joke”

  • “I will not accept a manuscript that labels an entire class of people as ‘mentally ill'”

  • “Let’s leave ‘cuck’ out of it here”

  • “This is not the time or place for another black-dick joke”

  • “The use of phrases like ‘Two-faced backstabbing bitches’ diminishes your overall point”

  • “This entire paragraph is just repeating Fake News. There was NO blood, NO semen and there was NO Satanism. Delete.”

  • “Beauty regimen moved to box at end of chapter, after Nietzsche section.”

And the internet couldn’t help but notice the feedback provided seemed less like an edit and more like a full on roast of Yiannopoulous’s book.

However, despite the roasting provided in Ivers’s notes, the Mysterious Case of Milo’s Canceled Book Deal is trickier than it looks.

Simon and Schuster initially defended their book deal with Yiannopoulos in December, after reports of the deal sparked outrage across the internet, including criticism from Leslie Jones, who recently faced racist harassment by Milo and his followers. The harassment, along with other Twitter run-ins, eventually led to Twitter permanently banning Yiannopoulos from the platform.

“We do not and never have condoned discrimination or hate speech in any form,” the publishing house said. “While we are cognizant that many may disagree vehemently with the books we publish we note that the opinions expressed therein belong to our authors, and do not reflect either a corporate viewpoint or the views of our employees.”

Also, exhibits in Yiannopoulos’s filings also indicate that, despite the harsh notes to the manuscript, Simon & Schuster did not immediately cancel the book and continued working with Yiannopoulos through subsequent drafts.

An email sent from Ivers to Yiannopoulos, submitted as exhibit D in Yiannopoulos’ lawsuit against Simon & Schuster.

And though the manuscript edits were submitted in January, it wasn’t until February, after a video circulated of Yiannopoulos condoning relationships between men and ‘young boys’, that the publisher canceled the book deal. In a letter provided to Yiannapoloulos about the cancellation, Simon & Schuster said: “We have been advised that the above Work is unacceptable for publication.” 

However, Yiannapoulos argues in the lawsuit that the deal was dropped because of the reports on the video:

“In reality, Simon & Schuster, abruptly and without warning, informed Yiannopoulos’s book agent that it was terminating Yiannopoulos’s agreement and canceling the publication of Dangerous only hours after a news story broke that Breitbart News may be dismissing Yiannopoulos in the wake of false and misleading reports that he had publicly condoned pedophilia – an accusation he has vociferously denied in social media postings, as well as in the pages of Dangerous.”

Yiannopoulos went on the self-publish his memoir in July, and was entangled in yet another scandal, this time about how many copies were actually sold upon the book’s release. A PR agency for Yiannopoulos claims that “100,000 copies were delivered to Amazon and sold out in the first day of release.” However, Bookseller.com reports that according to Nielsen BookScan, only 18,268 copies were sold in the book’s first week, and then saw a 42 percent drop in sales the following week.

No matter what, though, truly nothing can take away an editors like “Let’s leave the fecal waste analogies out of here.”

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