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James Patterson apologizes for letting white writers face racism

Crime novelist James Patterson has issued an apology Tuesday after an earlier comment on racism.

Speaking to the UK’s Sunday Times this weekend, Patterson said that “white older male writers” are not yet being hired to “write gigs in film, theatre, TV or publication” – the phenomenon Claiming it is “just another form of racism.”

“What is that all about? Can you get a job? Yes. Is it hard? Yes. It’s even harder for older writers. You don’t meet many 52-year-old white men,” he insisted.

However, he is now taking it back.

“I apologize for saying that white male writers having trouble finding work is a form of racism,” Patterson, 75, offered on Facebook on Tuesday.

“I absolutely do not believe that racism is practiced against white writers. Please know that I support a wide variety of voices — in literature, in Hollywood, everywhere.”

The author’s autobiography, “James Patterson by James Patterson: The Stories of My Life,” came out last week.
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Of course, the Facebook comment section had some thoughts on the apology.

“I’m sorry you felt the need to apologize,” wrote one user, a thread of debate. “The prejudice against white men is very real. It may be more recent but it is real nonetheless.”

“Way to bow under pressure,” commented another. “The Left has reinvented its beliefs.”

“Just write awesome books and stay away from politics and social issues,” suggested another.

Dolly Parton And James Patterson
Dolly Parton and James Patterson talk during the Dollyverse event at South by Southwest on March 18 in Austin, Texas.

Patterson has sold more than 450 million books in 20 or more titles during her nearly 30-year career—notably, the neo-noir book series by Detective Alex Krauss, later known as “Kiss the Girls” in 1997. ” was played by actor Morgan Freeman. The 2001 sequel, “Along Come a Spider.

His first autobiography, “James Patterson by James Patterson: The Stories of My Life,” hit bookstores just last week. Patterson will also produce the upcoming film “Run Rose Run,” which is based on a book he co-wrote with country music legend Dolly Parton, 76.

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