Although he has been banned from Twitter and barred from appearing at a slew of campuses across the country for his controversial persona, Milo Yiannopoulos has secured a massive $250,000 book deal with Threshold Editions, a publishing imprint of Simon & Schuster.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Yiannopoulos opined that getting banned from Twitter – a move that ostensibly would have harmed the provocateur’s ability to reach his audience – has actually strengthened his brand of conservative commentary.
“Did it hurt Madonna being banned from MTV in the 1990s? Did all that negative press hurt Donald Trump’s chances of winning the election?” Yiannopoulos noted.
As for how he secured the book deal, Yiannopoulos claims: “I met with top execs at Simon & Schuster earlier in the year and spent half an hour trying to shock them with lewd jokes and outrageous opinions. I thought they were going to have me escorted from the building, but instead they offered me a wheelbarrow full of money.”
Yiannopoulos, who has become a lightning rod of social justice warrior outrage for his unapologetic criticism of political correctness and his willingness to make shocking statements, rose to prominence as an editor for Breitbart News.
He made waves when he was banned from Twitter for publicly butting heads with Ghostbusters and Saturday Night Live actress Leslie Jones, who took issue with Yiannopoulos when he criticized her for playing a victim.