Superversive SF linked to a Vulture article about the Twitter furore over The Black Witch by Laurie Forest. It’s called “The Toxic Drama on YA Twitter.” I still have yet to finish the book, by the way. I have to admit, it’s way too preachy for my taste. Just way too much, and it’s not fun to read, despite her incredible talent at writing. She’s a good writer, so I still recommend the book.
It seems that the person who started this whole thing has deleted her Twitter account. The author of the Vulture article linked to one of her tweets and the tweet is not there. Perhaps she had the wrong account? I don’t know, but the linked tweet is gone.
Now, I actually had a Twitter account, but it was suspended because of some fights I got into. I stupidly signed up for another one with the same browser and computer, and that one got suspended too. I signed up for yet another account using my iPad – this time, a different email address. I went back to the original computer to customize my profile and it was suspended too.
Given the nastiness on Twitter and the company’s bias against conservatives, alt-righters and moderate liberals, perhaps it’s for the better that I don’t have an account there. Reading about the shitfest on Twitter regarding The Black Witch and other “problematic” books has made me realize that it just might not be worth it. My Gab timeline is a mess, and I don’t go there that often, and nobody wants to engage with me anyway.
So back to the Twitter slugfest. Looks like Shauna, the bitch that wrote a 9,000 treatise on how utterly RACIST and PROBLEMATIC The Black Witch is has scrubbed her Twitter feed. Interesting. Her Google+ profile is also pretty bare (there’s only a post featuring some witchy artwork…not worth linking).
You can read Shauna’s ridiculous review here. It’s hosted at Blogger, and is the only post on the blog. She still has a Tumblr, of which is active, and a YouTube channel that hasn’t seen much activity in a year. Everything else has been scrubbed.
Why do I bother with this, you might ask? I just found it interesting, that’s all. It’s usually a conservative that gets hounded off of social media. I guess she couldn’t take the heat, but was too proud of her ridiculous screed to scrub it from the Internet entirely.
It’s obvious that the whole point of The Black Witch sailed clear over her head, and she nearly destroyed someone’s literary career over it. It pisses me off even after all this time.
The Vulture piece is pretty good – it’s obviously leftist, but pretty fair and objective. Oh, and by the way, this part made me incredibly sad:
“She also scrapped a work in progress that featured a POC character, citing a sense shared by many publishing insiders that to write outside one’s own identity as a white author simply isn’t worth the inevitable backlash.”
This is why there’s no “diversity” in literature. It flat out shouldn’t be this way. At all.
Okay, so I’m half black, half Hispanic with a dash of Cherokee and a couple of other Native American tribes. I am also a woman. So am I to only write about part black, part Hispanic, part Native American women? Or does this idiotic standard apply to only white people? And how is this not blatantly racist?
The left, by the way, has redefined racist. It originally meant this:
“I have never seen social interaction this fucked up,” she wrote in an email. “And I’ve been in prison.”