James Patterson apologises for claiming white male authors experience racism
The American author faced a backlash following the comments, with some noting that Forbes marks his 2020 earnings at 80 million dollars.
US author James Patterson has apologised for claiming that white male writers having issues finding work is a “form of racism”.
The 75-year-old made the comments in a recent interview with The Sunday Times, saying he thinks it is hard for white men to get writing opportunities in various fields.
He is quoted as saying it is “just another form of racism”, adding: “Can you get a job? Yes. Is it harder? Yes. It’s even harder for older writers. You don’t meet many 52-year-old white males.”
We need your consent to load this Social Media content. We use a number of different Social Media outlets to manage extra content that can set cookies on your device and collect data about your activity.
Following the remarks, Patterson faced a backlash from the public and fellow authors on social media, with some noting he earned, according to Forbes, 80 million US dollars (£66.3 million) in 2020.
Business magazine Forbes also classified him as “America’s highest paid author” in 2020, having sold nearly five million books in the US between June 2019 and 2020.
Responding to the backlash, Patterson posted a statement on his Twitter, saying: “I apologise for saying white male writers having trouble finding work is a form of racism.
“I absolutely do not believe that racism is practiced against white writers.
“Please know that I strongly support a diversity of voices being heard — in literature, in Hollywood, everywhere.”
Patterson is one of the world’s most successful authors, having reportedly sold nearly 450 million books.
His best known work is The Women’s Murder Club series and his Alex Cross series, which follows a black detective who deals with threats to his family and the city of Washington DC.
He currently has two books on the New York Times bestseller list for hardcover fiction, including the 22nd book in his Women’s Murder Club series with his co-writer Maxine Paetro.
Also on the list is his new thriller Run Rose Run, written with Dolly Parton, which is being adapted for the big screen – with the country singer due to star.
The author has also previously collaborated with former US President Bill Clinton on two political thriller novels.
He recently penned his first memoir, titled James Patterson by James Patterson.
'SERIOUS ASSAULT' | Police release CCTV of man after teen ‘seriously injured’ in attack outside Irish pub
allegations | US teen (17) accused of raping drunk girl whilst friends ‘filmed and laughed’
NO SHOW | Dublin teen accused over garda car ramming ‘refused to get out of bed’ for court
'dommy mommy' | Canadian woman facing sack over OnlyFans says teaching doesn’t pay enough
'beautiful soul' | Tributes pour in following death of model and frontline nurse Judy Fitzgerald
'still in touch' | Eamonn Holmes says ‘life’s tough’ for young man at centre of Phillip Schofield affair
Russell Crowe tribute to Ryan Tubridy
'MISCOMMUNICATION' | Kildare mum says doctor ‘forgot’ to tell her about cancer diagnosis
probation | Irish Navy veteran who bent recruit over and slapped her repeatedly on buttocks walks free
BENZ BONANZA | Karim Benzema considering mega €100m-a-year offer to move to Saudi Arabia