Alt-right provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos‘s new book is having trouble getting into the hands of readers. According to the British media outlet i News, his book “Dangerous” has only sold 154 copies in the U.K.
Despite debuting at number 1 on Amazon’s non-fiction chart, the book sold just 18,000 copies in the U.S., which was well below the estimates put forth by Yiannopoulos’s PR people.
In February, Yiannopoulos’s book deal with Simon & Schuster was canceled after past comments he made surfaced where he seemingly endorsed pedophilia. The comments went viral and soon became national news, sparking a backlash that even came from staff at his former employer Breitbart News.
Addressing the less-than-flattering sale numbers in the U.S., Yiannopoulos called the figures “fake news.”
From i News:
Despite his dip in profile, he claims that the book has sold more than 100,000 copies, explaining away the delay in Nielsen’s count as down to the fact that booksellers hadn’t ordered enough copies to keep up with demand.
“By now, you may have heard reports claiming we only sold 18,000 copies of Dangerous and that our 100,000 copies claim is exaggerated. I’m happy to report that this is fake news,” he said.
Online firebrands have found it more difficult to find mainstream success in [the U.K.] than in the US, where radio host Rush Limbaugh is a household name with 13 million listeners a week.
In the video interview that surfaced in February, Yiannopoulos said that people “get hung up on this sort of child abuse stuff” to the point “where we are heavily policing consensual adults.”
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“In the homosexual world, particularly, some of those relationships between younger boys and older men — the sort of ‘coming of age’ relationship — those relationships in which those older men help those young boys discover who they are and give them security and safety and provide them with love and a reliable, sort of rock, where they can’t speak to their parents,” he added.
“It sounds like Catholic priest molestation to me,” an unnamed person replied in video.
“But you know what? I’m grateful for Father Michael. I wouldn’t give nearly such good head if it wasn’t for him,” Yiannopoulos replied.
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