Closing the Book

Apparently, Simon & Schuster have revealed some of the problems they had with Hanrahan’s book. I won’t be quoting the article; it’s best if you head on over to the Guardian and read it for yourself. It’s absolutely fascinating.

However, it doesn’t let Simon & Schuster off the hook. For very obvious reasons.

Even with the edits, even with the advice telling Hanrahan to tone it the hell down, the publisher wanted to normalize his sort of bullshit. Telling him to tone it down was basically saying, “Well, we can market your despicable bigotry, but we need to find a way of making it more palatable. Could you take it down a notch so that Middle America might not be so offended?” Seriously.

Simon & Schuster knew what they were getting into, what Hanrahan was going to write. The publisher knew that this was going to be trouble and yet, they gave him a contract anyway. They wanted this controversy because that would sell more books and thus, gain them more profit.

It’s going to be a very long time before I buy another book from Simon & Schuster, for reasons that should be very obvious. I’m just hoping it’ll be twice as long before Hanrahan gets it into his head to try scribbling out another tome.

About Silverwynde

I'm a Transformers fan, Pokémon player, Brewers fan and all-out general nerd. I rescue abandoned Golett, collect as many Bumblebee decoys and figures as I can find and I've attended every BotCon--official and non--since 1999. I'm also happily married to a fellow Transfan named Prime and we were both owned by a very intelligent half-Siamese cat, who crossed the Rainbow Bridge on June 16, 2018. We still miss him. But we're now the acting staff of a Maine Coon kitty named Lulu, who pretty much rules the house. Not that we're complaining about that.
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