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'American Dirt' book tour canceled because of safety concerns

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  1. Steve-French What A Rush!!!

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    Flatiron Books, the publisher of the controversial novel, “American Dirt,” cancelled the book tour for the work on Wednesday, citing concerns for the safety of the author, Jeanine Cummins. The book has faced criticism over its depiction of immigrants and Mexico.

    Cummins wrote a novel about the plight of a Mexican immigrant woman, who has a romantic relationship with a drug lord her journalist husband covers. Fleeing violence, she heads toward the U.S. with her young son, Luca.

    Critics say that in the book, Cummins, who is not Mexican American, plays to stereotypes and mischaracterizes the lives of immigrants from Latin America.

    The book was first popularized when Oprah Winfrey announced that it would be the latest book in her book club. It received several celebrity endorsements, including from Salma Hayek, who later rescinded her endorsement.

    https://thehill.com/latino/480573-publisher-cancels-american-dirt-book-tour-over-security-concerns

    I don't really see the problem here. Is writing works of fiction about the Mexican Cartel off limits now. The new Rambo movie was criticized for being racist too as he was fighting cartel members in Stalone's latest film.

    The author is a white lady of Puerto Rican decent, but this shouldn't matter, because in the United States anybody should be allowed to publish stories that have fictional characters from a different race.
     
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  3. xcvbn Gold Belt

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    You guys find anything to be outraged over
     
  4. all caps Gold Belt

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    Sounds like fake news to pickup traction for a book no ones ever heard of. Thanks for sharing.
     
  5. Oliver C. Red Belt Platinum Member

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    Translation: Someone on Twitter got their panties in a bunch. If Oprah endorsed it, how racist can it be? ;)
     
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    What do you mean "you guys"?

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  8. VivaRevolution Banned Banned

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    This. Please folks, become better at recognizing guerilla marketing.
     
  9. Khabib Khanate Hashashiyan Staff Member Senior Moderator

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    She's allowed to write what she wants but people are also allowed to critique her work, that's how it goes.

    As for the book tour closing down due to threats, that's unfortunate but more often than not I think these are empty threats that have to be taken serious for liability reasons. Even if there's only a .!% chance the threat gets carried out perhaps the publisher is afraid that on the off chance it does get carried out they can get sued for not taking proper precautions. Its possibly a nefarious side effect of our hyperlitigious society.
     
  10. Stoic1 I bring the memes

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    Is the book in Spanish?
     
  11. Steve-French What A Rush!!!

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    I knew one of you was going to reply with this. This kind of stuff is worth a discussion. This book was endorsed by Oprah and other left wing celebrities before the outrage happened and she was threatened with violence for writing a book about Mexican Gangsters. This is censorship and should be considered toxic and anti-American behavior.
     
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    Damn if only the people who run Ukraine airlines took this doctrine to heart when deciding the fly into a area where missiles were being fired.
     
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    But it isn't.

    It is manufactured controversy meant to get you to talk about this book.

    It is working.

    Why you would want to help these people who use these disgusting tactics is beyond me.
     
  14. Steve-French What A Rush!!!

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  15. Steve-French What A Rush!!!

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    Like I said in my prior post It seems like a hot news story that every news outlet seems to be reporting on, so I thought I would share it.
     
  16. xcvbn Gold Belt

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    [email protected], a billionaire capitalist, being “left wing”

    You are mentally deranged
     
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    How is it censorship? The publisher of the book is the one that canceled the tour. Unfortunate but they have to take threats seriously.
     
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