What you need to know
- Oprah has come under fire over her decision to endorse 'American Dirt' for her Oprah's Book Club series.
- Jeanine Cummins' book has been criticized over its condescending treatment of race.
- The news comes in wake of her decision to step away from an Apple TV+ documentary about Russell Summons and sexual assault in the music industry.
Writers and journalists have written an open letter asking Oprah to rescind her endorsement of Jeanine Cummins' book 'American Dirt' for her series Apple TV+ series Oprah's Book Club.
As reported by Variety:
Variety also notes that Oprah has already subjected herself to plenty of controversy, over her decision to step away from an Apple TV+ documentary which examined sexual assault in the music industry, specifically focusing on media figure Russell Summons. Oprah says herself that she had expressed her concerns about the documentary, citing a lack of creative control and worries about inconsistencies in the story.
The more recent controversy regarding 'American Dirt' has lead to the book's tour being cancelled. An open letter to Oprah has been signed by 138 writers and states:
Oprah joined forces with Apple to create Oprah's Book Club in the hopes that it would become "the world's most vibrant book club... engaging readers everywhere in conversations with one anothers." Public outcry and the aforementioned open letter probably isn't what she had in mind.
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