Author Who Tattled On Black Metro Worker Sues Publisher For Dropping Her, They Say Her Book Wasn’t Going To Sell Anyway

June 12, 2019  |  

Subway in New York City

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Most of us don’t know Natasha Tynes by name…or we didn’t before she became infamous for tattling on a Black woman Metro worker eating on the train. For whatever reason, Tynes thought it would be a good idea to report this Metro worker for violating the rules of the train by eating. And though the woman told her to mind her business, Tynes shared her picture with her Twitter following. Immediately after, she went viral for all the wrong reasons.

More than a few people called Tynes out for targeting this Black woman who was simply trying to enjoy a meal while at work. And as a result, the companies who were planning on publish her book, They Call Me Wyatt backed out of the deal, deciding that they didn’t want to be associated with anyone who would use her platform to attempt to shame another woman of color.

Since then, Tynes has filed a lawsuit against her publisher Rare Bird Books citing that losing the deal as the primary provider for a family of five pushed her to the “brink of suicide.”

According to BuzzFeed News, she’s suing Rare Bird Books for $13 million, claiming that the company breached its contract and defamed her with false statements that caused her “extreme emotional distress.”

After her tweet went viral and after she lost her book deal, Tynes was hospitalized with chest pains and anxiety. She was forced to temporarily leave the United States after her family received death threats and racial slurs. Her employer placed her on administrative leave.

Since the news of her lawsuit went public, Rare Bird Books has come out with a message of their own in response. They called it baseless, sharing this statement with the public.

Basically, Rare Books wanted to let y’all know that Tynes book wasn’t going to be that beneficial for them to publish anyway.

And they’re not alone. California Coldblood Books, the science fiction division of Rare Bird Books, announced that they had stopped shipments of Tynes’ novel from the warehouse, postponed its publication date while they “further discuss appropriate next steps to officially cancel the book’s publication.”

Later, the acknowledged that they would publish the book due to contractual obligations but only on Kindle’s online self-publishing platform.

All proceeds earned from the book, after covering their legal and production costs, would be donated to a Black Lives Matter organization.

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