Nicholas Sparks, the bestselling author of The Notebook who has made millions writing about the struggles of pretty straight white people in the south, has been labeled a bigot by the former headmaster of a school he and his wife Catherine founded and funded. Saul Hillel Benjamin claims that Nicholas Sparks’ biggest crime isn’t writing Nights in Rodanthe (yes, I just publicly admitted to reading it), it’s being a gay-hating, racist anti-Semite.
Saul said he started running the Epiphany School for Global Studies in North Carolina in 2006. He also worked for The Nicholas Sparks Foundation. The Guardian says that in a 47-page complaint, Saul accuses Nicholas Sparks of discriminating against students among other things. Saul says that 2 out of 514 students at the school were black and when he complained to Nicholas about it, Nicholas shat this out: “Black students are too poor and can’t do the academic work.” Nicholas chewed him a new asshole when Saul met with members of the NAACP to introduce the school to black parents whose kids might’ve applied if they felt welcomed. The lawsuit also alleges that when Nicholas found out that a group of students were planning a “homo-caust” (side note: THE FUCK?!) against bullied gay students, he gave it his gold seal of approval.
According to the Associated Press, Saul says in the lawsuit that during one board meeting, Nicholas told him to stop talking about any other non-Christian religion and conservative Christian members of the board questioned him about his Jewish background and Quaker beliefs. Saul finally quit after Nicholas allegedly locked him in a room and screamed at him for hours. Saul was afraid for his safety so he resigned.
Saul wants money for the “mental anguish and emotional distress” he suffered while working for Nicholas Sparks.
Nicholas Sparks’ attorney, Scott Schwimer, says that the accusations are all lies and he has a very good reason for why his client can’t be a Jew-hating homophobe:
“As a gay, Jewish man who has represented Nick for almost 20 years I find these allegations completely ludicrous and offensive.”
Nicholas Sparks can’t be an anti-Semitic homophobe, because an anti-Semitic homophobe would NEVER hire a gay Jew as his lawyer. Case ALMOST closed. That doesn’t wipe away the “racist” claim. If Nicholas wants the case completely closed, he better hire himself a gay, black Jewish lawyer real quick.
I don’t know if Nicholas Sparks is an anti-Semitic, racist homophobe, but I do know for sure that he’s every kind of batshit crazy. Exhibit EVERYTHING:
“I try to generate authentic emotional power. I write in a genre that was not defined by me. The examples were not set out by me. They were set out 2,000 years ago by Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides. They were called the Greek tragedies. A thriller is supposed to thrill. A horror novel is supposed to scare you. A mystery is supposed to keep you turning the pages, guessing ‘whodunit?’ A romance novel is supposed to make you escape into a fantasy of romance. What is the purpose of what I do? These are love stories. They went from (Greek tragedies), to Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, then Jane Austen did it, put a new human twist on it. Hemingway did it with A Farewell to Arms. A Farewell to Arms, by Hemingway. Good stuff. That’s what I write. That’s what I write…There are no authors in my genre. No one is doing what I do.”