Friday, December 30, 2016

Let the Supervillain Preen

Leslie Jones was one of the stars of the all-female remake of "Ghostbusters." For no particular reason, a man in a position to do it organized a hacking/trolling attack on Leslie Jones that drove her off the internet. It was that vicious and relentless.

The man who organized that attack was Milo Yiannopoulos, "a Twitter bully" proud of who he can destroy. Yiannopoulos is also the alt-right white nationalist editor of Breitbart News (Leslie Jones is black), and he just got a quarter-million-dollar book deal with Threshold Editions, a semi-independent imprint of Simon & Schuster.

"Threshold imprint’s tagline is 'Celebrating 10 Years of Being Right!' They’ve published works by Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Karl Rove, and President-elect Donald Trump."

Threshold Editions characterizes Yiannopoulos' book -- to be modestly titled "Dangerous" -- in a press release:
DANGEROUS will be a book on free speech by the outspoken and controversial gay British writer and editor at Breitbart News who describes himself as “the most fabulous supervillain on the internet.”
So there were calls immediately all over social media to boycott Simon & Schuster, and do worse, but I can't for the life of me go along with any censorship. If you don't want to buy the book, don't buy the book. I won't buy the book. (Don't buy any book by Simon & Schuster. I don't care. I won't either, until they publish something I actually want to read.)

Threshold Editions has both a right to publish "Dangerous" and a right to try to make a killing on Milo's celebrity (the reason for the big bucks), and Yiannopoulos can jack off in public (so to speak) all he wants to.

It's in the Constitution.

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