Twitter Storm Erupts Over Joyce Carol Oates Egypt Tweets
The internet is no stranger to rows, storms and blow-ups of one sort or another, many of them caused by an incautious statement by someone famous, sometimes infamous. Writers are no exception, just look at Bret Easton Ellis. Now, Pulitzer nominated author (twice) Joyce Carol Oates has put her foot in the Twitter cow pie.
After a series of tweets on Friday, a storm erupted over her views on Islam, particularly after she linked rape culture to the main religion of Egypt.
Where 99.3% of women report having been sexually harassed & rape is epidemic – Egypt – natural to inquire: what's the predominant religion?
Oh dear. Giving the incendiary nature of this remark, it’s hardly surprising that Oates’s fellow writers and Twitter users rose up to challenge her on these views with predictable venom. That said, some respondents were quite witty, poking fun at the author. I particularly like this one:
Love your literary experiment tweeting in the voice of Oates tweeting in the voice of Fox News, @JoyceCarolOates!
Also somewhat predictably, Oates pulled back a bit later, when she admitted that "Blaming religion(s) for cruel behavior of believers may be a way of not wishing to acknowledge they'd be just as cruel if secular." Too true.
At least we can assume that unlike Ellis, Oates isn’t likely to get drunk and start insulting people anytime soon. Is it right that celebrities of any flavor trot their opinions out and then get slammed for having them? Hell, I post opinions all the time, but this never happens to me…
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