Barnes & Noble Slammed Over 'Refusal' to Stock MILO Bestseller — What Could be the Cause?
Political commentator Milo Yiannopoulos is no stranger to controversy. In fact, he seems to invite it. Known for fiery speeches in which he terms himself a "dangerous f*ggot," Yiannopoulos was at the center of the UC Berkeley riots earlier this year, where anti-fa thugs destroyed school property because they disagreed with him.
Well, the leftists are back at it again, and things are not as clear cut as they appear.
The latest scandal revolving around Yiannopoulos centers on his latest book, "Dangerous." Since its release by Yiannopoulos's in-house publisher, it's quickly risen to number 2 on the New York Times bestseller list.
Then, this happened:
A young man and woman covertly film themselves asking a Barnes & Noble employee to help them locate a copy of Yiannopoulos's book. The hapless worker is completely bewildered as the book is shown not-in-stock, with no way to actually bring it into store inventory.
As they leave, the couple point out the seeming hypocrisy of Barnes & Noble. The young lady vows to call corporate to share her thoughts.
From Truth Revolt:
There could be several reasons for the alleged discriminatory practice. Let's explore them:
B&N refuses to stock "Dangerous" because of their own leftist biases.
Certainly possible, but Barnes & Noble is one of the last of a dying breed of businesses. Would they risk the loss of income from "Dangerous" just to make a point, especially after reporting a 23% decline in NOOK sales last month?
Of note is the fact that books by conservative speakers like Ann Coulter, Glenn Beck and Mark Levin are available for purchase in-store. Why single out Yiannopoulos if this is just about politics?
B&N refuses to stock "Dangerous" out of security concerns.
Also possible, as we all know how dangerous leftists can be when they're angry. After all, just look at the Berkeley riots. It's not out of the question that Barnes & Noble would choose not to stock a book that could potentially cause fascist protesters to attack their employees or property. Destroyed inventory is a concern, since the bookseller would ultimately eat the costs of vandalized inventory like this, but on a much larger scale. Barnes & Noble does make "Dangerous" available online.
B&N can't actually stock "Dangerous" because it's not available.
After the February riots, Yiannopoulos was dropped by publishing house Simon & Schuster (who he is now suing for $10 million for breach of contract). With limited options available, Yiannopoulos chose to self-publish "Dangerous." As a facebook user pointed out, self-published books are often printed on-demand, so it's possible there'd be no inventory readily available for a bookseller to purchase in bulk.
If this is the case, then taking advantage of it to boost support and garner attention would be a brilliant marketing move on Yiannopoulos's part. Sleazy, yes, but brilliant.
One of the most important parts of maintaining Condition Yellow is not rushing to conclusions, especially when it's easy. It's easy to demonize Barnes & Noble as a leftist corporation that will sacrifice profits in the name of suppressing the right. But it limits our perspectives.
Until Barnes & Noble give us the full story, we can only speculate.
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