‘Outsiders’ Author SE Hinton Says She’s ‘Being Attacked for Being Heterosexual’

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By Kyle Foley | 1:17 pm, January 5, 2017

In addition to writing back to fans of her classic novels, beloved author S.E. Hinton now spends a chunk of her time fending off the social justice hordes on the Internet.

We wrote back in October about how people were mad that Hinton did not add explicitly LGBT characters to her writing, most of which she did in the 1960s and 70s. She now argues that pandering to a certain segment of readers in her writing would simply have made the novels worse.

Now, she’s being assailed again, this time for failing to adequately represent not only the LGBT world but also black characters. In response, Hinton tweeted out: “I am a heterosexual writer writing about heterosexual characters. Being attacked for being heterosexual.”

Hinton’s critics are upset yet again that she does not cater to them by creating characters in their likeness. Hinton, who’s most famous for her 1965 classic “The Outsiders” (which she wrote when she was only 15) points out on Twitter that producing plot lines to make a particular identity group happy will “kill the artist.”

She also responds to the haters by telling them to write their own gay stories if they want them. Her argument is that she isn’t going to write about something that isn’t her, but will encourage others to write those things (specifically, having LGBT authors write stories based on their own personal experiences).

Hinton says she wrote her “Outsiders” series — set in the world of working class teens in 1960s Tulsa, Oklahoma — after personally going through the same experiences she wrote about, and that she can’t write about something she simply doesn’t know.

It is reasonable to assume that if she did write characters with backgrounds she herself didn’t understand, the SJW mob culture would attack her for getting it wrong. Kudos to Hinton for sticking to her guns and facing the outrage culture head-on.