Apparently, Simon & Schuster have revealed some of the problems they had with Hanrahan’s book. I won’t be quoting the article; it’s best if you head on over to the Guardian and read it for yourself. It’s absolutely fascinating.
However, it doesn’t let Simon & Schuster off the hook. For very obvious reasons.
Even with the edits, even with the advice telling Hanrahan to tone it the hell down, the publisher wanted to normalize his sort of bullshit. Telling him to tone it down was basically saying, “Well, we can market your despicable bigotry, but we need to find a way of making it more palatable. Could you take it down a notch so that Middle America might not be so offended?” Seriously.
Simon & Schuster knew what they were getting into, what Hanrahan was going to write. The publisher knew that this was going to be trouble and yet, they gave him a contract anyway. They wanted this controversy because that would sell more books and thus, gain them more profit.
It’s going to be a very long time before I buy another book from Simon & Schuster, for reasons that should be very obvious. I’m just hoping it’ll be twice as long before Hanrahan gets it into his head to try scribbling out another tome.