In an interview with the Sunday Times, the writer James Patterson He lamented the struggle he says white men now face in finding writing jobs in the film, theater, television and publishing industries. He called it “just another form of racism.”
“Uncle all of this?” Patterson Requested rhetorically. “Can you get a job? Yes. Is it harder? Yes. It is more difficult for older writers. You don’t meet many 52-year-old white males.”
The 75-year-old has turned six of his books into movies over the years, and just last week Deadline mentioned that’s his Run Rose Runwhich has remained a New York Times bestseller since debuting at number one in March, was selected by Sony Pictures in “highly competitive” bidding status.
His comments to the Sunday Times sparked a hornet’s nest, with a number of commentators clinging to the author’s latest tweet about an advertisement in the Sunday NY Times about his current book, James Patterson: Stories of My Lifeand respond with things like “I’ll never read another of your books” and “So sorry to hear about the discrimination you and the $700 million are being subjected to every day. We really must do more to help rich white millionaires make their voices heard.”
my life stories Described as a memoir of how Patterson grew up as “a boy from a small town in New York [to] He became the most successful writer in the world.”
Anyone else still reading the Sunday newspaper? He asks for a friend. 😊 pic.twitter.com/UIIm9JLg4m
– James Patterson (@JP_Books) June 12 2022
Three of the six books that Patterson translated into film featured Detective Alex Cross, played by Morgan Freeman on screen.
From this, Patterson told the Sunday Times, “I just wanted to create a black character. I wouldn’t have tried to write a serious story about a black family. It’s different in a detective story because the plot is so important.”
Not long ago, Patterson decried the problem that Woody Allen was publishing his memoirs after allegations of abuse by Mia Farrow’s children were renewed.
“I hated it,” Patterson told the Sunday Times. “He has the right to tell his story.”
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