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Authors Nicholas Sparks and Stephenie Meyer are in hot water following allegations of homophobia and racism.
Sparks allegedly tried to keep an LGBTQ organization from forming in the Christian academy he co-founded, the Epiphany School of Global Studies. He also tried to ban student protests from happening, according to the Daily Beast.
“Not allowing them admittance is discrimination. Not allowing them to have a club is NOT discrimination,” Sparks allegedly wrote in an email to the former headmaster, Saul Benjamin.
Sparks tweeted that the accusations made against him were “false.”
The director of the first Twilight film, Catherine Hardwicke, also told the Daily Beast in October that the Twilight series author, Stephanie Meyer did not want a Black actor to play a non-villain role in Twilight. The story has once again garnered interest after resurfacing through BET.
Former readers of the two authors’ works were posting their reactions to the allegations on Twitter.
EXCLUSIVE: Emails show author Nicholas Sparks tried to ban the LGBT Club at his Christian school https://t.co/bIZpxYNm7e— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) June 13, 2019
Some fans were disappointed, but not entirely surprised that the author who only writes heteronormative love stories might be homophobic.
“Not surprised that the guy who writes the same book over and over is not a fan of diversity,” one Twitter user wrote.
not surprised that the guy who writes the same book over and over is not a fan of diversity— ghost of ladderless pool Sim (@a_cat__) June 13, 2019
Romance author doesn't believe "love is love". A bit ironic that.— Susan Martin (@Susanperchede) June 13, 2019
Twilight fans also had similar sentiments regarding Meyer.
“Wow,” another wrote. “Not surprised. Twilight was my emo teenage obsession. sucks but not at all surprised.”
Twilight the series ESPECIALLY the books were trash but so is white supremacy.— Ky the Kunoichi (@KunoichiKy) June 13, 2019
The Daily Dot has reached out to Stephenie Meyer and Nicholas Sparks.
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Brooke Sjoberg is an editorial intern for the Daily Dot studying journalism at the University of Texas at Austin. She is also the Daily Texan's Life and Arts Editor and an editorial intern for Texas Connect magazine.