Children’s authors protest deal for far-right commentator

FILE PHOTO - This Aug. 12, 2013 file photo shows author Cassandra Clare on the red carpet at the world premiere of "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones" in Los Angeles. Clare and Laurie Halse Anderson are among more than 160 Simon & Schuster children’s authors and illustrators who added their names to a letter sent to the company’s chief executive in protest of the recent decision to publish a book by the far-right commentator Milo Yiannopoulos. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Invision/AP, File)

NEW YORK (AP) – Cassandra Clare and Laurie Halse Anderson are among more than 160 Simon & Schuster children’s authors and illustrators who added their names to a letter sent to the company’s chief executive in protest of the recent decision to publish a book by the far-right commentator Milo Yiannopoulos.

Thursday’s letter to Simon & Schuster CEO Carolyn Reidy denounced Yiannopoulos as a “hate-monger” and white supremacist. The signees didn’t call for Reidy to cancel publication of Yiannopoulos’ “Dangerous,” scheduled for March and already the subject of intense criticism, but they warned that Simon & Schuster risked its “considerable reputation and weight.”

Last summer, Yiannopoulos was kicked off Twitter after leading a harassment campaign against “Ghostbusters” star Leslie Jones. His book is being published through Simon & Schuster’s conservative Threshold imprint.

 

 

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