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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

HOW TO BE HEARD

The MarySue Headline

"Roxane Gay Pulls Her Book from Simon & Schuster’s Lineup Because of Milo Yiannopoulous’ Book Deal"


Milo Yiannopoulous is a card carrying racist and hate monger as an alt-Right writer. He's such a significant racist that Twitter suspended his account permanently in the summer of 2016.

Writer Roxane Gay is a writer who has authored at least one book I've read. That book was a little rough for me. And I wasn't sure I was going to pick her work up again. But I will now.

I feel like I need to support anybody who is brave enough to put their money where their mouth is for the black community, for the black female community, and for the people of color community.

I'm down for Roxane Gay just like I'm trying to make sure I'm NOT DOWN with Ben Carson, Kanye West, Chrisette Michele, or Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson (<--unless somebody tells me The Rock's t-shirt is fake, I'll only watch MOANA if I can see it for free or on a service I already have, like Netflix.)

Roxane Gay's statement:
When the announcement about Milo’s book first came out, I was relieved because I thought I didn’t have a book with Simon & Schuster and tweeted something to that effect. Then I remembered my TED Book and that TED is an imprint of Simon & Schuster. I was supposed to turn the book  [HOW TO BE HEARD] in this month and I kept thinking about how egregious it is to give someone like Milo a platform for his blunt, inelegant hate and provocation. I just couldn’t bring myself to turn the book in. My editor emailed me last week and I kept staring at that email in my inbox and finally over the weekend I asked my agent to pull the book.
Though TED Books and Threshold are vastly different imprints, they both reside within Simon & Schuster and so I guess I’m putting my money where my mouth is. 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.
The editor of TED Books is Michelle Quint. I don’t think Michelle is an employee of Simon & Schuster. She works for TED. She is, from my experience thus far, smart, kind, patient, and committed to putting good books into the world...
Read More: 

http://www.themarysue.com/roxane-gay-pulls-book-from-s-and-s/ 

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