After it was revealed that Hachette Book Group dropped Woody Allen’s upcoming memoirs, Apropos of Nothing – just a couple of days after many of the company’s employees protested the book’s distribution – Stephen King has something to say about it.
The Wrap picked up on the author’s tweet in which he expressed concern over what was to come in the future. King took to his Twitter account to say that the whole thing made him “uneasy,” because, while he doesn’t care much about Woody Allen, he’s worried about who’s next.
King wrote, “it’s who gets muzzled next that worries me.” One person wrote in response that they actually had to walk out or she would lose her job. She added that the company chose to eliminate their deal with Allen, and there wasn’t much for him to worry about either, because he has the ability to self-publish or get a publicity team.
She stated that Mr. Allen wanted the “respectability and legitimization” from the company, and that’s what they fought.
This past Friday, the organization revealed they were canceling the April 7th release of Woody’s memoirs. They also announced they were returning the rights of the book to Allen.
The Hachette decision to drop the Woody Allen book makes me very uneasy. It's not him; I don't give a damn about Mr. Allen. It's who gets muzzled next that worries me.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) March 6, 2020
On Monday, it was revealed that Grand Central Publishing was the one to pick up the book, the same company that owned the rights to Ronan Farrow’s book, Catch and Kill, which explored how men in powerful positions use their influence to silence their sexual abuse victims.
Thus far, Woody and his team have found it challenging to find his memoirs a home. The New York Times revealed last year that it was turned down by four other major publishing companies. The controversy is rooted in the allegation that Allen molested his daughter when she was a child.
As it was noted above, this past Thursday, dozens of people at the company staged a walkout to fight against the book’s publication and distribution. They did so to stand in protest with Dylan and Ronan Farrow, who had previously slammed the book’s release.