June 17, 2022

Author James Patterson Tells the Truth, Then Apologizes

Even talk about the difficulty of finding jobs if you are male, white, and older must be silenced.

James Patterson, renowned and prolific writer, landed in hot water over a recent comment he made during an interview. The exact exchange between Patterson and the Sunday Times’s Sarah Baxter went like this, according to The Daily Wire:

“Today, though, he worries that it is hard for white men to get writing gigs in film, theatre, TV or publishing,” Baxter said.

Patterson noted that the problem is “just another form of racism.”

“What’s that all about?” he asked. “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.”

This is a big no-no for the leftist harpies who adhere to the tenets of critical race theory (CRT) and Black Lives Matter (BLM). Straight white men are, by their definition, the most privileged class. Backlash evidently ensued because Patterson issued a thorough retraction and apology via social media on June 14. This, of course, never works; the harpies only screech louder.

One commenter declared that he (or she) wouldn’t read Patterson’s books anymore because he needed to purge himself of “wrong thinkers.” The more “intelligent”-sounding of these malcontents appropriated another post that slightly misquoted a UK-based social worker and activist, Wayne Reid, to further a point, saying, “When you’re privileged, equality feels like oppression.”

One has to laugh to keep from crying at the illogic and brainwashing of these people.

Patterson’s fans, of course, rushed to his defense, declaring that he shouldn’t be forced to apologize for telling the truth; that this was the Left once again forcing its beliefs. After all, leftists don’t have to argue if they can simply silence dissenting voices.

Patterson was observing a truth that he has encountered in his career. Just because that doesn’t jive with the CRT/BLM narrative doesn’t make it untrue. Aren’t the leftists the ones always insisting that we should listen and accept other people’s truths?

This author’s brush with cancel culture is following the same pattern as Washington Commanders Defensive Coordinator Jack Del Rio, former Princeton professor Joshua Katz, comedian Joe Rogan, and so many more.

The point that Patterson was attempting to make is that talented writers who happen to be male and white are no longer able to get jobs. This is because the creative and artistic industries have been overtaken by lefties who assume that what the public wants are younger, more diverse voices. Having diverse voices is not a bad thing, but when quality is sacrificed on the altar of the intersectional coalition, you get crappy films, depressing TV shows, angry vitriolic books, and woke-infused theater.

Art is supposed to point to truth and also beauty, not echo the horrific chaos that is dragging this culture into a moral whirlpool, where, presumably, Charybdis will devour us at the bottom.

The lauded creative spaces of film, literature, and theater have been overrun. Even long-time popular authors like James Patterson cannot withstand the maelstrom.

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