Barnes and Noble Is Accused of Literary Blackface
Barnes and Noble replaced classic white characters on book covers with images of people of color, and there’s been backlash. Some are calling it literary blackface and others fake-diversity. All I know is I wouldn’t have done it.
Barnes & Noble, America’s largest bookseller, has withdrawn a new series of “diverse” classic book covers following a backlash from writers who say it does nothing to address the publishing industry’s underlying diversity problems.
It’s about time.
You can read it all, here. It’s a good article that talks about fake diversity and the need for more real stories about people of color, written by people of color.
Now maybe they’ll also start promoting openly gay authors who write openly gay stories instead of straight people writing gay content. But I have a feeling we’ll be waiting a long, long time for that to happen.
Sean Hayes Plays a Cisgender Woman
This is different, to say the least. Sean Hayes is playing a cisgender middle aged woman in a project called Lazy Susan.
Hayes, who also co-wrote the film, plays Susan as a profoundly entitled, unmotivated, and self-absorbed woman struggling to survive in a society that expects her to have a function.
Here’s a link to more. At least he’s not playing a black woman or a trans woman.
What readers said about Kendle’s Fire.
From the day they meet for the first time until the day their lives change forever, Harrison Parker and Morton Starr were destined for greatness—and each other. A Starr is Born follows the paths of handsome, badly-behaving rock star Harrison Parker and sexy gender-bending performer Morton Starr, who is just starting his career.
Morton is so madly in love with his husband, Harrison, he’ll do anything to please him, including overlooking all his self-destructive issues. However, as openly gay Morton gains more fame and success in the mainstream with his popular gay love songs and his unique gender-bending image, and Harrison continues to slide downhill, there comes a point where everything has to change. And when that climax finally happens, Morton isn’t certain about anything in his future or his marriage.