'You're Going to Have to Employ a Lot More Intellectual Rigor Than You Use Here'
Right wing provocateur, anti-gay gay person, "fellow traveller" with the alt-right, Twitter troll until he was banned, and former Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos is suing his publisher, Simon & Schuster, after they cancelled his book deal. One enterprising woman, a software engineer, found the court documents and, realizing the entire manuscript, including the editor's notes are part of the official record, read through them and posted some of the "best" ones to Twitter.
I didn't read the manuscript. Just the comments. They're...amazing. Even better than the excerpts in the filing.â€” Sarah Mei (@sarahmei) December 28, 2017
And a pretty good summary of the book I imagine. pic.twitter.com/2kPESxAlA9
When Yiannopoulos' book, "Dangerous," was cancelled, the prevailing assumption was because of the vile and offensive comments he made in 2015, that resurfaced, in which he defends the statutory rape of teen boys, possibly as young as 13 or 14.
But Simon & Schuster, according to the court documents, sent Yiannopoulos' agent a letter on February 22 stating that his manuscript was "unacceptable for publication."
And the humor - pic.twitter.com/x24gHa7phNâ€” Sarah Mei (@sarahmei) December 28, 2017
Sarah Mei, the founder of a community for software engineers like herself, posted these editor's notes to Twitter. They are astonishing and astounding. Among them, "This is not the time or place for another Black-dick joke," and, "This is definitely not the pace [sic] for more of your narcissism."
And about that ego - pic.twitter.com/eIPyHWPwHjâ€” Sarah Mei (@sarahmei) December 28, 2017
"This entire section is the most poorly-thought out section of the book. If you want to make the case for gay men going back in the closet and marrying women just to have children, you're going to have to employ a lot more intellectual rigor than you use here."
Will immediately start using "if you want to make a case for [fucking ridiculous thing], you're going to have to employ a lot more intellectual rigor than you use here." ðŸ”¥ðŸ”¥ðŸ”¥ pic.twitter.com/WV8xwt8cwjâ€” Sarah Mei (@sarahmei) December 28, 2017
Apparently, Milo thinks ugly people hate him.
Also I now know I can write a book, because ffs he wrote A WHOLE CHAPTER about how ugly people hate himâ€” Sarah Mei (@sarahmei) December 28, 2017
Literally anyone could do better than this pic.twitter.com/xdPhoioUT9
"This entire paragraph is just repeating Fake News."
More from the category of "things a professional editor never imagined they'd need to tell someone" pic.twitter.com/EIOh8cPqssâ€” Sarah Mei (@sarahmei) December 28, 2017
Mei posted many more excerpts, you can see them on her Twitter page.
Many people on Twitter are having a great time reading them - a few examples:
Thanks for posting the links to the Milo lawsuit because I got to see his editor's notes in a section about me ðŸ˜‚ pic.twitter.com/nxaTwqP8Klâ€” Jessica Valenti (@JessicaValenti) December 28, 2017
but also take a moment to consider how milo's editor was essentially trying to make white supremacy, misogyny, and homophobia publishable: pic.twitter.com/FD6sUgN84câ€” E. Alex Jung (@e_alexjung) December 28, 2017
I really feel like this one both sums up the whole episode and should be put on t-shirts immediately: pic.twitter.com/QgM3ihUCV0â€” SubZeroJeff (@jeffreyThomson) December 28, 2017
Like, let's get the 40,000 foot view here for a second.â€” Emily G, Cville. (@EmilyGorcenski) December 28, 2017
- GamerGate happened.
- Milo stoked a lot of it.
- Bannon deliberately leveraged Milo to grow the alt-right.
- It helped get Trump elected.
- Milo turns out to be a talentless fraud just like Bannon.
this thread is amazing and another chance for me to marvel at how anyone thought that milo was anything other than an attention-seeking dumb dumb https://t.co/0Q9DRUtoU9â€” Jamelle Bouie (@jbouie) December 28, 2017
The Milo book editor comments should become everyone's go to response to online abuse pic.twitter.com/FYuqcSTyxVâ€” Lynsey Barber... probably hasn't seen your email (@lynseybarber) December 28, 2017
From now on, when someone tries to pick a fight with me on Twitter, I shall reply with a comment from Milo's book editor pic.twitter.com/wiuTdDImGDâ€” Marie Connor (@thistallawkgirl) December 28, 2017
this comment on milo's manuscript has me dead pic.twitter.com/VtSHLDK3hUâ€” ryan âœ¨ (@ryxnf) December 28, 2017
The reality is, Milo was and is a talentless, bigoted piece of shit who should've never gotten the book deal in the first place, so while the editorial comments are a special kind of delicious, I don't know precisely what anybody expected.â€” Chuck Wendig (@ChuckWendig) December 28, 2017
Oh my god you *have* to read this thread about Milo's failed book deal with S&S.â€” Emily G, Cville. (@EmilyGorcenski) December 28, 2017
I'm in tears over how untalented and worthless he is. https://t.co/AGzlLrwdYU
Oh, and rightly, Mei is being lauded as a hero:
This hero, this goddess amongst us, found Milo's entire shitty manuscript along with his irritated publisher's increasingly exasperated comments: https://t.co/Pe4Noj7fuJâ€” Laurie Voss (@seldo) December 28, 2017
For those unfamiliar with Milo, here's a video he posted this week:
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