Ghostbusters (2016) actress Leslie Jones has condemned publisher Simon & Schuster for signing a $250,000 book deal with MILO, saying the publisher is helping people to “spread their hate.”
In response to the left-wing outrage at the news of the deal, publisher Simon & Schuster released a statement saying that the company has “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 view of our employees,” the statement continued.
— Simon & Schuster (@SimonBooks) December 30, 2016
In response to the statement, Leslie Jones, whose complaints of harassment by other users led to MILO’s permanent ban from the platform in July last year, said that the publisher “still helps them spread their hate to even more people.”
— Leslie Jones (@Lesdoggg) January 2, 2017
Jones had been arguing with trolls on Twitter for hours before Milo ever mentioned her following his critical review of the box office flop Ghostbusters (2016) in which Jones had a lead role, but he was blamed for the harassment she received regardless.