‘Boo-F***ing-Hoo’: Author James Patterson attacked for saying white, male writers face a form of racism

Author James Patterson stepped in it Monday, trending on Twitter after alleging that older white, male writers are having a hard time getting jobs or published because of race.

Patterson made the controversial comments during an interview with The Sunday Times of London. His remarks set Twitter on fire.

The prolific, 75-year-old writer has published over 200 books and sold more than 400 million copies. He has written novels with everyone from Bill Clinton to Dolly Parton.

According to the Daily Mail, his books have earned him in excess of $677 million during his writing career. However, Patterson is ranked No. 15 on Forbes’ list of 2020 Celebrity 100 Earnings, citing him as America’s highest-paid author with a net worth of $80 million.

“[It’s] just another form of racism,” he asserted. “What’s that all about? Can you get a job? Yes. Is it harder? Yes. It’s even harder for older writers. You don’t meet many 52-year-old white males.”

He asserted that “white older male writers” aren’t getting hired for “writing gigs in film, theatre, TV or publishing.”

The author’s response followed the interviewer asking about one of Patterson’s most famous characters, a black man named Alex Cross. The black detective inspired three film adaptations, two starring Morgan Freeman and one with Tyler Perry.

“I just wanted to create a character who happened to be black,” he contended. “I would not have tried to write a serious saga about a black family. It’s different in a detective story because plot is so important.”

“I get it. How could we run through that period, especially in Hollywood, where there was all this talent and nobody got hired?” Patterson posited.

He also discussed Woody Allen’s publisher dropping his memoir ostensibly due to sexual abuse allegations.

Patterson stated in response to Allen getting the boot, “I’m almost always on the side of free speech.”

“I hated that,” the author declared. “He has the right to tell his own story.”

“Do I know what went on between Allen and the Farrows?” he asked. “Nope. And neither do you.”

Patterson recently made the best seller list for “Run, Rose, Run,” his fiction collaboration with singer and actress Dolly Parton. Now, he’s promoting “James Patterson: The Stories of My Life,” a memoir about how he rose from “a boy from small-town New York (to) become the world’s most successful writer.”

“I was driven early on because I really believed that my parents wouldn’t love me as much if I wasn’t successful,” he added. “I don’t think I am the same person now. I do believe that I’m loveable. I think I’m a decent person.”

Twitter savaged Patterson for the comments on race, charging that he lacked self-awareness given his success, wealth, and privilege.

Woke, New York Times best-selling author Frederick Joseph nailed Patterson: “James Patterson thinks white men are facing racism in publishing. From a Black man who has had over 50 rejections of books (all of which are now bestsellers) because white editors don’t understand them or ‘already have Black male authors’… shut up. Also, James has a ghostwriter.”

Another New York Times best-selling author named Justina Ireland had bitter words for Patterson: “I’m still mad about James Patterson clumsily trying to talk about race so I checked this week’s bestseller list and huh, he’s right there are so few white dudes and so many people of color. LOL, not really.”

Publicist Lisa Braun Dubbels was blunt in her criticism of Patterson as well, tweeting, “If we’re being honest, James Patterson and his exorbitant multi-figure advances for books he doesn’t write are 90% of the problem with publishing.”

Others piled on with a mix of envy, bitterness, and social outrage that was almost impressive. It’s a smorgasbord of woke angst:

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