13 Reasons Why : ironically, the author of the novel the origin of the series is accused of sexual harassment
Jay Asher, the author of the novel 13 Reasons Why has been returned to a big association that brings together more than 22,000 authors of sexual harassment.
The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (Society of Authors and Illustrators of Books for Children editor’s note), or SCBWI, the largest association centered around books for children/teens in the world, announced that it had returned Jay Asher in his staff (as well as an illustrator). However, this is not anyone, since he is the writer behind the novel 13 Reasons, adjusted by the following with success by Netflix in 13 Reasons Why.
The situation is especially ironic (or sad), because, among the themes addressed by 13 Reasons Why, the sexual harassment (and worse) is frontally put forward.
To add more, it is all the more strange to learn such a new while 13 Reasons Why has even mutated into a mini-phenomenon of society, triggering the US a few months prior to the case of Weinstein a lot of discussion and debate between parents, children and schools on suicide and harassment (sexual or non). The SCBWI accuses the novelist of the following in an e-mail sent to Associated Press :
“Jay Asher, and David Diaz have violated the code of conduct of the SCBWI harassment. The complaints made against them were examined, and as a result, they are no longer members and none of them will appear in the events of the SCBWI in the future”.
Katherine Langford in 13 reasons why
A charge in the face of which Jay Asher playing the victim and responded in a statement to BuzzFeed News that he had left the organization voluntarily, claiming to have been “thrown at them” by these charges :
“It is very scary to know that people do not believe when you open the mouth. I am very confused about all this, just because of everything that’s happening culturally at the moment and is supposed to be believed and who is not.”