I’ve never felt heartbreak, and I doubt I will until I’m at least into college.
But the ending to this book brought me damn near close to it.
I don’t understand how I can break my heart over these fictional characters that I’ve only known since Monday Morning, but I can. And it hurts.
I don’t think John Green is trying to speak over your community, but rather help it. I think it’s pretty clear that neither John Green or Laci Green is transphobic; Laci Green used that slur in a video three years ago, recognized that it was unacceptable, took down the video, and apologized. John Green used the transphobic slur when stating a fact of Laci Green, not to be hateful or offensive towards anyone.
I mean, OF COURSE he doesn’t experience with hate and bigotry because he’s cishet, but at least he’s trying to help? I can sort of see why people are mad about Laci Green, since she used that word (I can’t see death threats toward her justified, though), but John Green was trying to defend her, since she was getting ridiculous amounts of hate.
YES, she shouldn’t have used that word, YES, she apologized. She used that word a while ago, and she’s realized what an offensive slur that is, and she said sorry. She’s not transphobic.
YES, John Green defended her, NO, he did not use the slur to be intolerant, but state what Laci did.
You cannot oversimplify it into that he used transphobic slurs and defended someone who apparently used slurs. That implicates that he was directing the slur towards someone. He was actually stating a fact (what Laci did). Laci did use the slur, and that is not acceptable at all, but she said sorry and took down the video. Can we forgive and forget?
John shouldn’t have used that word, but he did. I don’t support the use of that word EVER, I’m supporting that we should forgive him for making a mistake. Can we learn forgiveness and not hate?