Author Natasha Tynes, infamously dubbed “Metro Molly,” and her book They Call Me Wyatt have reportedly been dropped from her publisher.
PR/marketing firm Rare Bird, who works for Tynes, first shared a statement on Twitter voicing their anger over her tweets.
“Black women face a constant barrage of this kind of inappropriate behavior directed toward them and a constant policing of their bodies,” the firm stated on Friday. “We think this is unacceptable and have no desire to be involved with anyone who thinks it's acceptable to jeopardize a person's safety and employment in this way. We are currently taking appropriate actions to cancel Ms. Tynes' novel, They Call Me Wyatt, within our distribution network, and are strongly urging Tynes' publisher, California Coldblood, to consider other appropriate actions.”
California Coldblood did indeed follow up with their own statement and shared the same sentiment. “We do not condone her actions and hope Natasha learns from this experience that black women feel the effects of systematic racism the most and that we have to be allies, not oppressors. As for the book's publication, we are working with our distributor to take appropriate next steps.”
Natasha Tynes is the latest white woman that feels she must be the perfect citizen by minding other people’s business and ratting them out to the authorities.
On Friday morning, Natasha Tynes boarded the Washington, D.C., Metro and spotted a black woman dressed in her Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority uniform sitting alone while eating, which is supposedly against the rules and Natasha had to let her voice be heard.
Natasha warned the worker that she was not allowed to eat on the train and the young lady responded by telling Tynes to “worry about yourself.”
When the snitching citizen received a reply from the MTA, she went further into detail with the hopes of getting justice.
Twitter went so far as to reach out to the publishing company that is releasing her book so that they can let them know about their writer and her need to snitch.
Rare Birds Books, a publishing house that was set to distribute Tynes’s upcoming novel has since decided not to do so.
The company said in a statement Friday that it had learned that the author “did something truly horrible today in tweeting a picture of a metro worker eating her breakfast on the train this morning and drawing attention to her employer. Black women face a constant barrage of this kind of inappropriate behavior directed toward them and a constant policing of their bodies.”
The publishing company also added, “We think this is unacceptable and have no desire to be involved with anyone who thinks it’s acceptable to jeopardize a person’s safety and employment in this way.”
Thanks to The Root, they received a response from Bob Peterson, founder, director and lead editor of California Coldblood Books:
“We’re halting all shipments from the warehouse and postponing the book’s publication date while we further discuss appropriate next steps to officially cancel the book’s publication.”
Natasha issued an apology on Twitter: “I apologize for a tweet I posted earlier today, which I have since deleted. I am truly sorry.”
— Natasha Tynes 🇯🇴🇺🇸 (@NatashaTynes) May 10, 2019
It is not clear if the woman eating has received any disciplinary action but let's hope that she doesn't lose her job because of this matter.
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