Last week, popular author Nicholas Sparks was under fire after old e-mails leaked that made Sparks out to be anti-progressive. Even though he released a statement saying it was “not news”, it would appear the writer has had a change of heart.
This morning, he issued an apology to the gay and transgender community on his Facebook page.
“As someone who has spent the better part of my life as a writer who understands the power of words, I regret and apologize that mine have potentially hurt young people and members of the LGBTQ community, including my friends and colleagues in that community,” Sparks wrote.
Due to the ongoing lawsuit between Sparks and the school’s former headmaster, the author said he couldn’t go into specifics, but that “I believe in the school’s founding principle of loving God and thy neighbor as thyself, and that includes members of the LGBTQ community. I believe in and unreservedly support the principle that all individuals should be free to love, marry and have children with the person they choose, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation.”
Response from the LGBTQ community hasn’t been positive.
We are three months away from a girl-girl "romance" from Nicholas Sparks in which one of them grows up to realize she's straight and was dating the other girl because she was damaged/bad parenting and the other one mysteriously spends her adulthood alone.
— Ali Davis 🏳️🌈 (@Ali_Davis) June 17, 2019
@NicholasSparks His apology ain't worth a fuck. The words you use are what tell us what kind of human being you are…not your apologies. This is 2019, dammit…time to call him what he is: a NEANDERTHAL. Evolution doesn't hit everyone at the same time, sadly.
— YurBudMattSF (@YurBudMattSF) June 17, 2019
Who’s going to star in the movie adaptation of this apology letter? Mel Gibson?
— Michael is mediocre at best (@Mediocre_man213) June 17, 2019
Only repentance I see as fair is being forced to write 100,000 words about two dudes smashing a la Misery style. https://t.co/BLK8T9uFZM
— andré 🦄 (@andre_daren) June 17, 2019