We’ve heard a lot in the past 24 hours about Alt-Right firebrand Milo Yiannopoulos’s cancelled book deal. What we haven’t heard about is what happens to the money.
A controversial (what else?) interview with Bill Maher on Sunday saw Yiannopoulos accusing gays of being drug-addled sex fiends, women of being lazy and stupid, and trans people of being criminals and sexual predators, all while literally clutching his pearls. But that was to be expected. What wasn’t expected was for an old video to resurface a day later, in which Yiannopoulos sang the virtues of man-boy love and the importance of pederasty in gay culture.
Well that, of course, was a bridge too far.
Now Simon and Schuster have cancelled their plans to publish Dangerous, Yiannopoulos’s contracted autobiography for which he received an achingly large advance. $250,000 to be exact.
And guess how much of that money Milo actually has to give back?
Probably not a red cent.
You heard it right. According to a well-placed source at Simon and Schuster, the publisher had no type of morality clause written into their contract for the book. In fact, the manuscript for Dangerous had already been well underway before the crisis. A cover had been designed, galleys had been printed and were circulating. The release date was slated for June. The book, as far as we know, was weeks away from completion. So what does it all mean?
It means that not only could Yiannopoulos sue the publishing house for misconduct, he could also publish the manuscript for Dangerous tomorrow and make a (second) fortune off of it.
There’s no end of publishing companies who would grab the book, to capitalize on all the press and controversy,” says our source at the publishing house. “Better yet, he could self-publish the book, which would mean he would reap all the profits without sharing them with anybody. He might come out of this a whole lot wealthier than if the controversy never happened.
So there you have it. The saga of Dangerous is looking like yet another troll in a string of trolls from America’s Number One Career Troll. So was it all planned? At this point, we’d believe anything.