J.K. Rowling, Roxane Gay, and others took shots at the right-wing provocateur

By Christian Holub
February 21, 2017 at 10:56 AM EST
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The recent surge in prominence for right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos had already met with criticism from the literary community. Author Roxane Gay even canceled a book with Simon & Schuster after the imprint inked a book deal with Yiannopoulos, who is permanently banned from Twitter after engineering a campaign to harass actress Leslie Jones. Over the weekend, however, things fell apart after audio emerged of interviews in which Yiannopoulous appeared to condone pedophilia. His book was canceled by Simon & Schuster, and he was disinvited from the upcoming Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).

Authors didn’t miss the chance to ding Yiannopoulos. J.K. Rowling opted for a subtweet, posting a classic XKCD web cartoon explaining how the First Amendment does not protect all free speech but merely stops the government itself from restricting it; private citizens can still face punishment for their words and actions, as Yiannopoulos is now experiencing.

Other authors joined in as well, mocking Yiannopolous’ common refrains of “free speech” in relation to his latest controversy. Gay and Jones also chimed in. Check those out below.

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