On July 4, 2017, conservative provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos – or simply, “Milo” – released his book “Dangerous,” which quickly achieved Amazon’s recognition as the #1 Best Seller in Books that same day.
“Milo sold 100,000 copies of his book within 12 hrs,” wrote reporter Paul Joseph Watson on Twitter. “That’s how much appetite there is for information that challenges the leftist consensus.”
The book tackles free speech, political correctness, and culture from Milo’s unique perspective as a conservative gay man who does not fit into traditional categories.
The British-born Milo announced the launch of his book on his website, explaining why he considers America now his home:
“In my home country, it is now a crime to insult Islam on social media,” Milo wrote. “But in America, free speech survives — the First Amendment still stands strong, and it is safeguarded by the Second Amendment.”
Reviews of the book “Dangerous” on Amazon were overwhelmingly positive, with one self-described liberal giving it 5 stars, saying: “Do I agree with Milo politically? Not really. In fact, this book seriously rubbed me the wrong way. Half the time I wanted to club him over the head. And I loved EVERY second of it. The man is a genius!!!”
Another reviewer on Amazon wrote: “This book should be in the hands of every college student in America with the ability to form a synapse, because it represents the most cogent and entertaining defense of the First Amendment of this Century. It is also a wonderful exploration of modern political thought that conventional media would never disseminate. Dangerous is a call for Reason in an age of idiocy and Milo is a modern day Socrates.”
“Dangerous” Was in Danger of Not Being Published
In February, “Dangerous” had been dropped by Milo’s previous publisher Simon & Schuster after his controversial statements on pedophilia. Many fans claimed his words were purposefully twisted by the mainstream media to destroy Milo’s career. Milo explained he was a victim of child sexual abuse and the comments were in part a way to deal with the trauma.
Milo has since filed a lawsuit against Simon & Schuster for $10 million. The book is now self-published under the label “Dangerous Books.”
Milo established himself as a writer for the conservative news site Breitbart, but voluntarily left the site following the media controversy. At Breitbart, Milo became known for his provocative commentary, bolstered by his flamboyant personality as an unapologetic right-wing Catholic, Jewish, and British gay man with model good looks and bleached blonde hair.
His original Internet fame began when he inserted himself into the Gamergate controversy over perceived sexism in the video game industry. During the online flame war, he established a reputation for fighting political correctness and modern feminism. One of Milo’s signature statements is “Feminism is Cancer,” which has generated vociferous backlash from women’s rights groups.
Milo notoriously got into a Twitter fight with actress Leslie Jones, one of the stars of the female Ghostbusters remake. When Twitter banned him for life, Milo told the Los Angeles Times: “This is the most gigantic possible gift!”
Milo has further inflamed controversy by touring college campuses around America to speak on charged issues such as feminism, political correctness, and Islam. Milo frequently gets labeled as a white supremacist by progressives, even though he claims he only dates black men.
His plans to speak in Berkeley sparked such violent protests that riots literally broke out.
Milo is known for confronting protestors with humor. At one anti-Milo rally, he showed up in a mask to protest his own appearance with a “Milo Sucks” sign, only to surprise everyone when he pulled off his disguise.
Since then, he has launched his own news site titled simply “Milo.” To promote his book, he unveiled a massive billboard in New York City within walking distance of his former publisher Simon & Schuster, the site of Milo’s free speech rally on July 7.
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