No one reading this will be shocked to know that I'm no fan of Bill O'Reilly. So I was thrilled that FOX ousted him this week over a history of sexual harassment allegations that had amounted to more than 13 million dollars in settlements. It is a good thing for women and the world when men who display such gross misogyny lose their jobs, instead of getting christened with new ones (like President of the United States). But my dance music came to a screeching halt when I learned that another content giant, Macmillan, will continue to publish O'Reilly's books. Their Holt imprint makes a killing off of them, pun intended. I immediately felt the weight of a moral dilemma because my own book, Drop the Ball, was also published by Macmillan. I'm a Roxane Gay fangirl and applauded her decision to pull her forthcoming book from Simon & Schuster after they signed Milo Yiannopoulos, who they've since dropped. I certainly don't have the pulling power of Roxane Gay. But I have a responsibility to stand up against injustice, and standing behind Bill O'Reilly is just plain wrong.
Instead of using a photo of him for this post, I want to highlight someone much much better: Roxanne Jones, who wrote an amazing piece on why O'Reilly's payout is an outrage.