Author's book deal axed after she 'shames' transport worker for eating on trainMay 13, 2019
An up-and-coming novelist has had her book deal canceled after she shamed a public transport worker for eating her breakfast on a train.
Natasha Tynes sparked fury after she shared a snap of the unidentified woman on the Washington DC Metro on Friday.
She wrote: ‘When you’re on your morning commute & see @wmata employee in UNIFORM eating on the train.
‘I thought we were not allowed to eat on the train. This is unacceptable.
‘Hope @wmata responds. When I asked the employee about this, her response was “worry about yourself.”‘
The tweet, which has since been deleted, sparked widespread condemnation, with Tynes’ book distributor Rare Bird dropping her Friday, and her publisher California Coldblood canceling their contract Saturday.
Rare Bird tweeted: ‘Natasha Tynes … 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.’
In a statement issued the following day, California Coldblood added: ‘We do not condone her actions and hope Natasha learns from this experience that black women fee the effects of systematic racism the most and that we have to be allies, not oppressors.’
California Coldblood later said they were working on ‘next steps to officially cancel’ the publication of her novel, called They Called Me Wyatt.
Tynes herself has since said she is ‘truly sorry’ for her tweet.
Some have defended her, highlighting that DC Metro rules ban riders from eating on the train.
Metro workers union boss Barry Hobson told the Washington Post that he and his fellow members will push for no disciplinary action to be taken against the worker.
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