Author S.E. Hinton was asked if the characters in ‘The Outsiders’ were gay. She said no. Social Justice Wankers… because their lives are somehow invalidated unless fictional characters from pop-literature are gay… told her she was horrible for not making her characters conform to their social desires.
One reader called Hinton’s responses “trash,” writing, “Why would you reject young gay kids interpreting your characters in a way that makes them feel safe?”
“Young gay kids can identify with the book without me saying the characters are gay,”Hinton replied. “I never ever set out to make anyone feel safe.”
On the left, all literature must serve the party.
In 1928, the Central Committee (of the Soviet Union) established the right of the party to exercise guidance over literature; and in 1932 literary and artistic organizations were restructured to promote a specified style called socialist realism. Works that did not contribute to the building of socialism were banned. Lenin had seen the need for increasing revolutionary consciousness in workers. Stalin now asserted that art should not merely serve society, but do so in a way determined by the party and its megalomaniacal plans for transforming society. As a result, artists and intellectuals as well as political figures became victims of the Great Terror of the 1930s.
I have a personal investment in this story; “Ponyboy” was my college nickname.