Author dropped after calling educator an ‘idiot’ for wanting to remove ‘The Scarlet Letter’

On November 30, antiracist educator Lorena Germán (left) tweeted about how many classics were written before the 1950s and needed to be 'switched up.' Young adult author Jessica Cluess (right) responded by calling Germán an 'idiot' and defending Nathaniel Hawthorne, who wrote The Scarlet Letter

An author was abandoned by her spineless literary agent and “canceled” after defending classic literature from a clueless Twitter attack by a race-obsessed “educator.” 

The incident followed a Nov. 30 tweet by activist Lorena Germán, one of the founders of the highly racist #DisruptTexts hashtag and website, which seeks to promote or disparage literary works based on their authors’ skin color. reports that in response to the tweet attacking “classic” pieces of literature, author Jessica Cluess called Germán an “idiot” and said authors such as Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote works criticizing the very societies in which their novels took place.

This led to Cluess’ agent, Brooks Sherman, dropping the writer of the Kingdom of Fire series and condemning her “condescending and personal attacks.”

In a series of tweets that have now tellingly been deleted, Cluess made the mistake of defending the authors of good literature.

She mentioned Nathaniel Hawthorne, who wrote The Scarlet Letter about Hester Prynne, a woman in the Puritan Massachusetts Bay Colony who gets pregnant during an affair and is made to wear a red letter ‘A’ on her chest.

Cluess said Hawthorne was not criticizing Hester for her ‘sin’ but the Puritan society for their judgement of her. 

“If you think Hawthorne was on the side of the judgmental Puritans in The Scarlet Letter then you are an absolute idiot and should not have the title of educator in your bio,” she wrote.

“If you think Upton Sinclair was on the side of the meat packing industry then you are a fool and should sit down and feel bad about yourself.”


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