Multi-millionaire sappy romance novelist, Nicholas Sparks, got into some more trouble the other day because of some emails that got released by The Daily Beast. The emails showed that Nicholas didn’t want the queers tainting his Christian school with their gay shit. The school is called the Epiphany School of Global Studies. Honestly, that is a “yikes” name to me. They either train witches or highly-pretentious rich folk–and I know all the witch schools in North America, so it ain’t that. Nicholas has now come out (wink-wink) with an apology to us gays during our Holy Month: Pride. And it is a tepid one–unlike his distaste for homosexuality.
Nicholas and his school are involved in a discrimination lawsuit which touched on the fact that there was no diversity at the Christian school he helped found in 2006. Emails were leaked which showed Nicholas saying that he didn’t want any gays talking about their gayness there. And he also emphasized that the school lacked black students because of “1) Money and 2) Culture”. So… don’t put that racism stuff on HIM, okay?
I guess Nicholas faced some backlash, which is weird to me. I don’t know who in their right mind would think that anything involving Nicholas Sparks would contain gays or ethnic diversity, but I guess some people were shocked he was a bigoted trash goblin–Surprise!–so he tried to apologize for it.
He posted to Twitter a long-winded apology which says he’s:
“An unequivocal supporter of gay marriage, gay adoption and equal employment rights and would never want to discourage any young person or adult from embracing who they are… As someone who has spent the better part of my life as a writer who understands the power of words, I regret and apologize that mine have potentially hurt young people and members of the LGBTQ community, including my friends and colleagues in that community… When in one of my emails I used language such as “there will never be an LGBT club” at Epiphany, I was responding heatedly to how the headmaster had gone about initiating this club… My concern was that if a club were to be founded, it be done in a thoughtful, transparent manner with the knowledge of faculty, students and parents–not in secret, and not in a way that felt exceptional.”
Oh so you mean, you didn’t want the bigoted faculty, parents and students to get mad–you weren’t mad yourself? Perfect. That’s much better. He continued about that “quiet your gayness” stuff:
“Similarly, when I referred to a prior headmaster addressing the presence of gay students “quietly and wonderfully,” I meant that he supported them in a straightforward, unambiguous way–NOT that he in any way encouraged students to be silent about their gender identity or sexual orientation… It’s never been my intent to be unresponsive to the needs of the LGBTQ or any minority community. In fact the opposite is true, and I trust my actions moving forward will confirm that.”
Okay, so I guess the next Nicholas Sparks book will be about an interracial gay couple of which neither is white? He’d need a ghostwriter for sure otherwise the characters would be a transgender woman who named herself Boquesha and her lover Mohammad, and there would be a terrorism backstory, and Boquesha would convert Mohammad to Christianity by the end and then die of cancer. Can’t wait.
Here’s Nicholas’ full statement if you want to start your day with a heaping dose of bullshit:
— Nicholas Sparks (@NicholasSparks) June 17, 2019