Please Stop Tweeting, Joyce Carol Oates


A few days ago, scarily prolific writer Joyce Carol Oates decided to start tweeting ignorant racist thoughts on all sorts of topics! Why? Who knows!

There was this:

Where 99.3% of women report having been sexually harassed & rape is epidemic—Egypt—natural to inquire: what’s the predominant religion?
— Joyce Carol Oates (@JoyceCarolOates) July 5, 2013

(It’s certainly not “American.”)

There was also this:

Trying to imagine a society (not prison) where 99.3% of men report being sexually harassed & (male) rape is epidemic….
— Joyce Carol Oates (@JoyceCarolOates) July 5, 2013

and this:

No one wants to acknowledge that religion has any effect upon behavior—good, bad? This is hard to comprehend. To what purpose, then?
— Joyce Carol Oates (@JoyceCarolOates) July 5, 2013

Writers expressed their outrage/simply cringed, but that didn’t deter her from sharing her thoughts on the Trayvon Martin trial today.

If Zimmerman had killed another “white man”—would any of his supporters care at all about him now? & why not?
— Joyce Carol Oates (@JoyceCarolOates) July 9, 2013

Just: shhhh.

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