Hello everyone! So today it came to my attention that I have a troll/am being bullied & gossiped about. This is nothing new – I’ve had a ton of people harass me before; it goes with the trade – but they’re rudely tearing down my beliefs and hurting me, my business/blog and so many others in the process. Honestly, I don’t care for the hate because at this point, you can’t hurt me. However, I don’t appreciate people turning my friends against me because they decided to misconstrue tweets I made a year ago, and a post I made two years ago. So let’s get a couple things straight so this doesn’t happen again:
“T”, aka @novelparadise, has harassed me and several of my friends before. On the surface she may seem like a wonderful person – she RTs and talks about diversity with people – but she also subtweets a ton of POC/WOCs, even though she obviously doesn’t know them. Example: before November, I didn’t know her and I’m pretty sure she never followed me. Then she posted screenshots of tweets I made a bit ago and so began the harassment. I blocked her and life returned to normal; she was just another troll. Then today, she did it again, this time with tweets much older than last (see below).
Now, it’s funny she brings those tweets and one blog post up (I don’t have a picture of the latter unfortunately) because they actually go against everything she’s saying. As you can see, I never say anywhere that I’m homophobic or that I hate people in the LGBTQA+ community. In fact, I say the opposite and my actions to this day (and for the rest of the days I shall ISA live) prove otherwise: I do not care if you are queer or straight.
In terms of the book I was reviewing, it was the second in a duology and after having seemed like the MC was straight in the first book, she all of a sudden was queer in the second. The way this was added in was badly written in my opinion, making for an awkward transition and that’s what I was commenting on, not the fact that she was queer. As for my beliefs, I will not explain myself to you nor do I need to. This is a book community, not one where you need to know everyone’s beliefs because you happen to be curious and think you know everything about me (spoiler: you clearly don’t).
Therefore, I find it – again – funny that a bully-like character as “T” has tried to take me down on the assumption that I am homophobic, and with dated “posts” that do not even corroborate her claim. It’s even funnier to see how quickly some people I considered were friends have been impacted/turned away by false allegations that someone types in 140 characters or less. Apparently people who preach checking facts and getting info from the source, don’t actually practice that. Have you guys learned nothing from watching the news? Nothing is ever as it seems and being so quick to judge is one of the most disrespectful things you can do.
Also, I’d like to take a moment to discuss the other egregious allegation that I am “cashing in on diversity”. I find that incredibly insulting considering I am a huge supporter of diversity and one who is constantly hurt by the lack of it; I didn’t get to read a book that accurately represents Muslims until I read Ms. Marvel three years ago and haven’t since, save for Written In The Stars by Aisha Saeed. I created Diverse Reads so that no one would ever have to go through that again like me. People ought to accurately see themselves in books no matter who they are. So do not tell me I am simply “cashing in on diversity”. Diversity is not a trend you try on for a season, diversity is what I stand for.
So let’s cover it all again, shall we?
- “T” tweets are nothing more than bullying / gossiping / trolling.
- I am not homophobic.
- Don’t go running to the first person who says something bad about someone. Actually, check the facts and check with the person being bullied first.
- I am not “cashing in on diversity”. I am promoting it and offering a service to you, my fellow book lovers.
That’s it. If you wish to read more diversely and see yourself in a book, Diverse Reads is the box for you and it’s only $20. There is a 10% off discount code – JOIN10 – for anyone who orders a 3 month or 6 month subscription plan. Thank you very much, hope you have a great day/night and tata for now ❤