Roxane Gay continues to be our feminist hero.
The writer recently wrote spot-on blog post in response to the cancellation of Milo Yiannopoulos’ book deal.
To recap, Neo-Nazi Yiannopoulos was given a $250,000 book deal by Simon & Schuster despite public outrage and protests. The Breitbart writer has been actively Pro-Trump, Pro- white supremacy, and pro- child molestation (yes, the last one is very real, and very sick). It was only in light of the latest controversy in which Yiannopoulos was caught on video championing relations between children and adults that Schuster finally cancelled the book deal.
Gay has been a hero in the cause since the beginning, and even pulled her own book from Simon & Schuster when she heard they offered him the book deal. Now that the book deal is cancelled, the feminist is speaking out once again and her response is 100% perfection.
“In canceling Milo’s book contract, Simon & Schuster made a business decision the same way they made a business decision when they decided to publish that man in the first place. When his comments about pedophilia/pederasty came to light, Simon & Schuster realized it would cost them more money to do business with Milo than he could earn for them.
They did not finally “do the right thing” and now we know where their threshold, pun intended, lies. They were fine with his racist and xenophobic and sexist ideologies. They were fine with his transphobia, anti-Semitism and Islamophobia. They were fine with how he encourages his followers to harass women and people of color and transgender people online. Let me assure you, as someone who endured a bit of that harassment, it is breathtaking in its scope, intensity, and cruelty but hey, we must protect the freedom of speech.
Certainly, Simon & Schuster was not alone in what they were willing to tolerate. A great many people were perfectly comfortable with the targets of Milo’s hateful attention until that attention hit too close to home.”
Read Roxane Gay’s response in full here. It is absolutely brilliant.
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The Bad Feminist author is now the first black woman to write a Marvel comic.
The new series is called World of Wakanda and will be a companion to Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Black Panther series. According to The New York Times, the comics will focus on two of Black Panther’s security ladies who fall in love.
“It’s the most bizarre thing I’ve ever done, and I mean that in the best possible way,” Roxane said.
This totally makes sense by the way, considering the feminist critic comes from the world of academia. She’s currently a professor at Purdue University.
But despite being a bit out of her element, Roxane Gay knew she had to take it.
“The opportunity to write black women and queer black women into the Marvel universe, there’s no saying no to that.”
Marvel has been attempting to widen it’s viewpoint ever since it’s latest Iron Man scandal. After it was announced that the new Iron Man, a 15-year-old black girl, would be written by a white man, they received considerable flack. (Obviously, for god reason, too).
The new series is set to come out in November.
Lena Finkel is the Editor and Founder of Femestella. Prior to starting Femestella, she worked at People, InStyle, and Tiger Beat. Her favorite Housewife is Bethenny Frankel and when she’s not watching RHONY, you can probably find her obsessing over her tuxedo cat Tom or hoarding drugstore lipsticks.