It was almost five years ago when I first wrote about how the Family Dollar AS IS section version of Danielle Steel named Nicholas Sparks, who dribbled out The Notebook and Nights in Rodanthe, was accused of not really being into anyone who isn’t a WASPy straight. Nicholas was called out in 2014 in a lawsuit as being anti-Semitic, racist, and a homophobe. Well, Nicholas has been called out again for refusing to let students start an LGBTQ club at the prep school he co-founded.
You know, for being a gay hater, Nicholas Sparks sure is comfortable with putting his hands in his pockets (see: above), which we all know is one of the gayest things you can do, because it puts your hands closer to a peen. GAY! GAY! GAY!
Saul Benjamin the former headmaster of Nicholas’ private school, called the Epiphany School of Global Studies in New Bern, NC, filed a lawsuit against Nicholas in 2014, claiming that he was wrongly forced out of his job for trying to diversify up the place. At the time, Nicholas denied Saul’s claims that he’s a level 10 bigot. But The Daily Beast got a hold of emails from the lawsuit that show Nicholas wants his prep school to be as straight, Christian, and white as his books.
Saul wrote Nicholas Sparks in 2013 after growing frustrated with the diversity and tolerance issues of the school. Nicholas responded in an email, saying that the school is mostly full of white students, not because of racism, but because black people, who make up 40% of the town’s population, just can’t afford its tuition and don’t meet the school’s academic requirements.
Then when students started an unofficial group to talk about their sexual identities, they were bullied by other students, some of which were the children of school administrators. The board of trustees demanded that Saul take care of the group and ban it. When two teachers, who are bisexual, spoke out against banning the group, they were told to shut it or get pink-slipped. Two lesbian students threatened to stage a nude protest in the chapel where they were going to announce their sexuality by painting it on their body, to which Saul asked them not to because tensions were too high. Instead, Saul gave an assembly in the chapel where he talked about bullying and tolerance. Nicholas spat at Saul for pushing a gay agenda, and said that one way to control the situation is to focus on Christian traditions for the upcoming Christmas season.
In one stern message, Sparks chastised the former headmaster for “what some perceive as an agenda that strives to make homosexuality open and accepted.” In another, he put forward a motion to ban student protest at the school, an impulse that came directly in response to two lesbian girls planning to announce their orientation during chapel. In a third, while listing complaints against Benjamin, he cites “misplaced priorities at the school level (GLBT, diversity, the beauty of other religions, as opposed to academic/curricular/global issues, Christian traditions, etc.).”
In another email, Nicholas defended his decision to ban the LGBTQ group.
In a message sent the following morning, Sparks echoed the same points, defending his decision to ban the LGBT group (“not allowing them to have a club is NOT discrimination”), and denying the school had any problem with gay students. “Remember, we’ve had gay students before, many of them,” Sparks wrote. “[The former headmaster] handled it quietly and wonderfully… I expect you to do the same.”
Saul says that a meeting was held to discuss this mess, and that’s where Nicholas went off in a “loud, ranting and physically intimidating manner,” and refused to let Saul leave the room, even to piss. Nicholas insisted that Saul resign, which he did. Saul filed his lawsuit not long after. That case is going to trial in August.
There’s a good chance that about 30% into this post, you did a slow faint to the floor with shock after hearing the earth-shattering accusations that a Christian prep school is racist, anti-Semitic, and homophobic. Then as you were on a stretcher and reading the rest of this on your phone, you lost it again after hearing the mind blowing news that Nicholas Sparks is probably a crazy bigot. Don’t go toward the light! Don’t die for this, especially if you’re a white woman. Because if you’ve read his books or seen his movies, you know he gets off on killing off white women. Don’t give him the satisfaction!