Bad Feminist author and the first Black woman to be a lead writer for Marvel Comics, Roxane Gay, has pulled her anticipated upcoming book, How to Be Heard, from publisher Simon & Schuster. Her decision was prompted by notorious hate-slinger and anti-feminist Milo Yiannopoulos being given a book deal with the same publisher. Although the major publishing house assured authors that Yiannopoulos’ book would contain absolutely no hate speech, Gay will continue to publish her work elsewhere.
— roxane gay (@rgay) January 24, 2017
“I can’t in good conscience let them publish it while they also publish Milo,” Gay told BuzzFeed News. “So I told my agent over the weekend to pull the project.”
She elaborates further in her statement:
“And to be clear, this isn’t about censorship. Milo has every right to say what he wants to say, however distasteful I and many others find it to be. He doesn’t have a right to have a book published by a major publisher but he has, in some bizarre twist of fate, been afforded that privilege. So be it. I’m not interested in doing business with a publisher willing to grant him that privilege. I am also fortunate enough to be in a position to make this decision. I recognize that other writers aren’t and understand that completely.”
Roxane Gay will forever be one of the best feminist writers and commentators of all time and we applaud her for making the decision to disassociate with anything or anyone condoning hateful rhetoric. Especially in this current political climate, it is important to place a firm stance. We hope to read How to Be Heard someday when it is published, and we’re glad Roxane Gay will always be heard.