Is it ever a good time to be Joyce Carol Oates? The juryβs still out on that one. But one thingβs for sure: This is definitely not her week.
As Twitchy told you, Joyce dove head-first into a dumpster fire earlier this week when she basically said that Mississippians are illiterate, book-banning hicks.
So funny! If Mississippians read, Faulkner would be banned. https://t.co/vK7EEBxmOX
β Joyce Carol Oates (@JoyceCarolOates) October 18, 2017
Aside from the overt anti-Southern bigotry of her remarks, thereβs also the racist implications, as Mississippi has the highest black population of any state. Whoops.
Well anyway, that hot take was apparently a cringeworthy chaser to other ill-advised comments from the day before.
Oates is on a roll, folks. https://t.co/MqsHvU2izg
β Alex Griswold (@HashtagGriswold) October 20, 2017
She really is:
If one objects to a white writer writing about non-whites, does one also object to non-white writers writing about whites?
β Dan Therriault (@dantherriault) October 17, 2017
& what of highly educated, cultured blacks (like brilliant Jean Toomer) writing of illiterate, barely articulate Southern Negroes? https://t.co/1ddWRYGdEs
β Joyce Carol Oates (@JoyceCarolOates) October 17, 2017
β RBe (@RBPundit) October 20, 2017
β Danielle A. Jackson (@danielleamir) October 20, 2017
β Mimi (@greengoddess11) October 20, 2017
What the hell?
β Eddie S. Glaude Jr. (@esglaude) October 20, 2017
What the hell?!
β Akash Of the Andals (@AkashSmarts) October 20, 2017
Uh wut https://t.co/ckGA9VlAV6
β John Podhoretz (@jpodhoretz) October 20, 2017
What the actual fuck
β (((Rainne))) (@chanceofrainne) October 20, 2017
why are you like this
β Elizabeth M. (@_ElizabethMay) October 20, 2017
How is it possible for one person to be this consistently tone-deaf?
Damn, you again? pic.twitter.com/fGpXq9DH9B
β LaurieBertramRoberts (@smartstatistic) October 20, 2017
And what of supposedly great writers making ignorant, context-free comments about literature and race?
β Infinite Nope (@rhymeswith_itch) October 20, 2017
Tell us more, Joyce. But, not too many of those B I G words, now. You know we barely articulate, illiterate Southern Negroes wonβt relate. pic.twitter.com/MyFRSfmnuL
β BrilliantBad&Boujee (@LOfficielEbony) October 20, 2017
I'm a proud literate Southern Negro.
β Myra Faye Turner (@msmyrafaye) October 20, 2017
Oh dear yeah this is super racist, please do better.
β Bad Socialist (@csilverandgold) October 20, 2017
What a ridiculous and absurd thing to write.
β mensah demary (@mensah4000) October 20, 2017
Iβm disappointed in you. Seriously. Just sad.
β Marvin Webb (@marvinwebb) October 20, 2017
Oh, Joyceβ¦ do you get why this is so so so wrong?
β CBreezy (@youarerad) October 20, 2017
"& what of highly educated, cultured blacks (like brilliant Jean Toomer) writing of illiterate, barely articulate Southern Negroes?" pic.twitter.com/wAuElpVGMs
β F. Thott Fitzgerald (@Black_Ted_Mosby) October 20, 2017
Have you lost your mind?
β barrieolmstead (@barrielibrary) October 20, 2017
β Gus TT Showbiz (@_peech) October 20, 2017
β Nate Marshall (@illuminatemics) October 20, 2017
You really need to stop. Just stop.
β the boo!rthday girl (@hullojess) October 20, 2017
You need to take several seats.
β candy?corn?kim (@mostlybiscuit) October 20, 2017
You need to stop tweeting.Your generalizations about who reads and who you consider cultured have made me no longer want to read your books.
β WhileReading+Walking (@reading_while) October 20, 2017
"Barely articulate Southern Negroes" = the last words I'll ever read by Oates.
β Alanna Cotch (@alanna_cotch) October 20, 2017
Jesus Joyce. It's time to log off
β matthew the bakeneko (@mmmontycarlo) October 20, 2017
May I call you Joyce?
β Molly Priddy (@mollypriddy) October 20, 2017
Yeah, you might want to rethink that tweet and tweeting in general.
β Alexander H Jones (@notthatalexjone) October 20, 2017
No. No no no no no no no no. Delete your account.
β Katie S (@katiemenn) October 20, 2017
Um. Rethink. Or just delete your account.
β Patti Digh (@pattidigh) October 20, 2017