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I just learned about this author who was canceled about a year ago over some tweets where he called out straight women who fetishize gay men. His Twitter is deleted and I don't know exactly what he said but probably wasn't enough to end his whole career. He was about to publish a book called "An Island Without You" that honestly looks really good and I want to read it but it doesn't seem like it's ever going to be published. Does anybody know anything about this man or this book? Seems as though he's fallen off the face of the Earth

I just learned about this author who was canceled about a year ago over some tweets where he called out straight women who fetishize gay men. His Twitter is deleted and I don't know exactly what he said but probably wasn't enough to end his whole career. He was about to publish a book called "An Island Without You" that honestly looks really good and I want to read it but it doesn't seem like it's ever going to be published. Does anybody know anything about this man or this book? Seems as though he's fallen off the face of the Earth

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I think it was discussed on Ovarit at the time, though I can't find the thread offhand. However, there was a bit more to the story, and perhaps someone else can fill in the rest of the details.

From what I remember, he had tried to target some specific women to get them canceled for writing things he didn't personally like, but it backfired and he got canceled instead. He wasn't just posting about some concerns he had though, he was targeting these women. I think he also posted some misogynistic comments about them, and suggested that women shouldn't be allowed to write about gay male characters at all, as if it's up to him.

It's unfortunate that his book didn't get published, but I don't think anyone involved was really in the right with this situation.

[–] worried19 5 points Edited

Looks like the post was deleted, but the comments are still visible.

https://ovarit.com/o/GenderCritical/29157/white-women-cancel-poc-gay-man-s-book

I think his real crime was "misgendering" C.S. Pacat, who claims that she is "not cis or het and [doesn't] identify as a woman." If he had just been mean to women who acknowledge that they're female, his book would likely have been published.

Ah, yeah, that looks like the post.

Misgendering these women may have been the "real crime" in the women's eyes, but a man telling women what they are or aren't allowed to write about is pretty misogynistic. Women believing they are or can become gay men is obviously delusional, but if they're writing for themselves or a female audience, they're clearly not intended for him. Whether the writing was good or not, who knows. But they're not oppressing gay men by writing such fiction. The whole thing just came across in the same way as a man trying to claim that misandry is exactly the same as misogyny, which it clearly isn't.

Ultimately, the lesson seems to be "don't try to cancel someone because you could be canceled yourself."

Oh yeah, I'm not defending Moreno. But I believe that was the reason his book was withdrawn. Plenty of male authors have done far worse and still been published.

I read his tweets and felt like they were pretty mean spirited and misogynistic even though he had a point about straight women writing gay men. Since he's an unpublished (or not very well known?) author, all of this came off as a jealous, public, tantrum to me. If he said something about this after his book was published and encouraged people to read his book because it's written by an actual gay man, I would probably read it. I don't think his tweets got much attention but I'm not surprised publishers don't want to be associated with him. As of now, I have a negative opinion about him but I don't think he should be silenced or censored because of a few random tweets. I really think he should self publish because many people who wanted to read his novel might still want to.

I had pre-ordered the book intending to give it to a gay male relative, but amazon canceled my order when it was supposed to be shipped. I think that the pressure from the assmad straights he called out made his publishers cancel his book deal but I don't remember all the details.

I'm generally a separatist and it took me a bit to decide to go ahead and buy a book by a man but I truly enjoyed seeing a gay person piss off those homophobic straight kinksters so much lmao, and we were hoping pre-orders would stop the book being canceled.

That really sucks. What an overreaction on everybody's part. I would reach him myself and ask him and encourage him to just publish it but he doesn't seem to be reachable. It's a bit concerning actually. I really hope he publishes it.