Bestselling author Don Winslow joined the movement to cancel Joe Rogan after a video showing Rogan using the N-word went viral. But it turns out that Winslow is not so innocent himself.
In fact, Winslow — a white man — has used the N-word dozens of times in at least five of his books: "The Force," "Savages," "The Gentleman's Hour," "Way Down on the High Lonely," and "The Border."
For example, Winslow used the phrase "n***** baby," "n*****," and "n*****s" in character dialogue in "The Force."
Meanwhile, in "Savages," Winslow used the N-word to describe the stereotypical life of Mexican immigrants.
"You want to be one of those good Mexicans, one of those hardworking, churchgoing, family-valuing, get dressed in my best clothes on Sunday and walk with my cousins down those broad sunbaked boulevards to park named after Chavez, humble respectful n***** taco Mexicans, the ones we all love and respect and pay subminimum wage?" Winslow wrote before adding, "Does this six days a week, stops only on Sunday to be a humble respectful n***** taco Mexican to God, give the money he sweats for to God and the f****t priests."
You can view every instance of Winslow using the N-word in his books in the Twitter thread below:
What is the background?
After Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson voiced support for Rogan, Winslow went after Johnson because of Rogan's allegedly "many racist statements."
"Dear @TheRock, You're a hero to many people and using your platform to defend Joe Rogan, a guy that used and laughed about using the N word dozens of times, is a terrible use of your power," Winslow tweeted. "Have you actually listened to this man's many racist statements about Black people?"
In response, Johnson seemingly revoked his support for Rogan after becoming "educated to [Rogan's] complete narrative."
"Dear @donwinslow Thank you so much for this I hear you as well as everyone here 100% I was not aware of his N word use prior to my comments, but now I've become educated to his complete narrative," Johnson responded. "Learning moment for me. Mahalo, brother and have a great & productive weekend. DJ."
How did Winslow respond?
The bestselling author excused his behavior and attempted to contextualize his uses of the N-word because he used the epithet in works of fiction.
"So pathetic+desperate to cover up years of racism including comparing a movie theater full of Black people to walking into The Planet of the Apes +being a birther against President Obama that Rogan groupies are now attacking works of *FICTION and *MOVIES to justify Rogan's words," Winslow said on Twitter Monday afternoon.