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James Patterson apologizes for saying white writers face racism


Crime novelist James Patterson has issued an apology Tuesday following a previous remark on racism.

Speaking to the UK’s Sunday Times this weekend, Patterson said that “white older male writers” aren’t getting hired for “writing gigs in film, theatre, TV or publishing” right away — claiming the phenomenon is “just one other type of racism.”

“What’s that each one about? Are you able to 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,” he insisted.

Nonetheless, he’s now taking that back.

“I apologize for saying white male writers having trouble finding work is a type of racism,” Patterson, 75, offered on Facebook Tuesday.

“I absolutely don’t consider that racism is practiced against white writers. Please know that I strongly support a diversity of voices being heard — in literature, in Hollywood, in every single place.”

The creator’s autobiography, “James Patterson by James Patterson: The Stories of My Life,” got here out last week.NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

After all, the Facebook comments section had some thoughts on the apology.

“I’m sorry you’re feeling the should be an apologist,” wrote one user, prompting a thread of debate. “Bias against white men could be very real. It could be more moderen however it is real nonetheless.”

“Option to bend to pressure,” one other commented. “The left has forced their beliefs again.”

“Just write awesome books and stay out of politics and social issues,” one other suggested.

Dolly Parton and James PattersonDolly Parton and James Patterson talk in the course of the Dollyverse event at South by Southwest on March 18 in Austin, Texas.WireImage

Patterson has sold greater than 450 million books across 20 or so titles during his nearly 30-year profession — most notably, the neo-noir book series following Detective Alex Cross, later played by actor Morgan Freeman in 1997’s “Kiss the Girls” and its 2001 sequel, “Along Got here a Spider.

His first autobiography, “James Patterson by James Patterson: The Stories of My Life,” hit bookstores just last week. Patterson also will produce the upcoming film “Run Rose Run,” based on the book he wrote with country music legend Dolly Parton, 76.

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