Saturday Night Live Actress, Leslie Jones, accused publishing company Simon and Schuster of “spreading hate” because they signed a book deal with Milo Yiannopoulos, a senior editor at Breitbart News.
The actress is known for her liberal stance on social issues, and for her beef with Yiannopoulos after the release of “Ghostbusters”.
Earlier last year, Jones accused Yiannopoulos of enticing hate speech on his Twitter account and then getting his followers to ‘gang up’ on her. These accusations led to him being banned from Twitter altogether. No proof has been released of any enticing tweet that supports her claims, and Yiannopoulos made the argument that he doesn’t have power over what his fans decide to do on their own.
The New York Times reports Simon & Schuster signed a book deal with Yiannopoulos and has been fighting criticism ever since. “We do not and never have condoned discrimination or hate speech in any form.” They added they do not endorse the viewpoints of the authors they sign with.
Jones felt the need to reply to one of their tweets saying, “But you still help them spread their hate to even more people.”
A statement released by Simon and Schuster reads in part, “At Simon & Schuster we have always published books by a wide range of authors with greatly varying, and frequently controversial opinions, and appealing to many different audiences of readers. While we are cognizant that many may disagree vehemently with the books we publish we note that the opinions expressed therein belong to our authors, and do not reflect either a corporate viewpoint or the views of our employees.”
It’s important to note, the type of speech Jones condones on her own twitter account. Although an activist on race issues, she doesn’t seem to mind criticizing “white people” on a daily basis.
Lord have mercy…white people shit
— Leslie Jones (@Lesdoggg) February 9, 2015
get the fuck outta here a white boy is best dj wtf?
— Leslie Jones (@Lesdoggg) February 13, 2012
wait a minute is solomon sitting by a white women…#imgonnafuckhimup
— Leslie Jones (@Lesdoggg) March 3, 2014
H/T: New York Times
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