Alexander Scamilton, aka Shaun King, found himself in trouble on Twitter again.
The “activist” found himself in hot water when screenshots of a promotional email plugging his new book also mentioned Chadwick Boseman’s death despite it not even being 24 hours since the world learned of his passing.
The email began:
“I hope that you are hanging in there. Yesterday I sent an email checking in on everybody — and just a few hours later, we learned of the death of Chadwick Boseman. Life is so very fragile. Tomorrow is not promised.”
After briefly sprinkling in the late actor’s name, King would go on to plug his book Make Change: How to Fight Injustice, Dismantle Systemic Oppression, and Own Our Future and immediately directing potential readers to his online store. Twitter users understandably disgusted by what they saw, and the use of Boseman’s name immediately called him King using Boseman’s death to promote his book.
editor Imani Gandy flamed King on Twitter while questioning people for continuing to support him saying:
“Shaun King is using the death of Chadwick Boseman to sell his book, and it is GROTESQUE. What is wrong with him? What is wrong with YOU THAT YOU KEEP SUPPORTING HIM?”
King responded to the allegations with his own Tweet and stood by his decision to use Boseman’s name in it stating:
“I literally do not make a penny off of sales for my book. Nothing. Got paid a year ago to write it. I had a mass email pre-scheduled to go out this morning about my book. I updated the email to also mention the death of Chadwick. And I don’t regret it. At all. There’s that.”
This latest incident with Shaun King followed the Black folks socially distancing themselves from him after he threatened to drop names of cops in response to Jacob York’s shooting. Regardless, people are not pleased that Chadwick’s name even made it into that email. You can peep the reactions in the gallery below.
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Shaun King & His Suspect Fade Called Out For Using Chadwick Boseman’s Name To Promote Book was originally published on hiphopwired.com
2. Crooker T. Washington LOL
Crooker T. Washington is at it again. This time fundraising off Chadwick Boseman’s death. pic.twitter.com/CVGXHmZqOW— chris evans (@notcapnamerica) August 29, 2020
3. L O L
4. No lies detected
Not Shaun King using Chadwick’s death to sell his book?! What actually does this man offer if not proximity to exploitable black suffering and death? I honestly need someone to explain like I’m a child because it’s been too many years of this now and it’s patently insulting.— Zoé (@ztsamudzi) August 29, 2020
Shaun King, this is a lie.— Rebecca Kavanagh (@DrRJKavanagh) August 29, 2020
This isn't how book deals work. What you got paid is an advance. As books sell, your advance gets paid back.
Once it is paid back, you start to make more money on sales.
You were trying to profit off Chadwick Boseman's death and it's disgusting. pic.twitter.com/FhD7KoJzB9
6. Repeat offender hmmmm
7. Listen to Black women
In an attention economy, you gotta stop spending your resources on Shaun King. There are better ways to get your news, I promise you.— Ashley C. Ford (@iSmashFizzle) August 30, 2020
9. Yes they damn sure do.
Reminder that some of you owe apologies to the Black women who tried to warn you about Shaun King.— Puff the Magic Hater (@MsKellyMHayes) August 30, 2020
I woke up feeling really terrible, and then I came on here and saw that someone had called Shaun King ‘Alexander Scamilton’ and I...I was reborn. 😂😂😂— Steph Yeboah (@StephanieYeboah) August 30, 2020
Has Shaun King ever trended for anything *other than* scamming?— The Hoarse Whisperer (@TheRealHoarse) August 30, 2020
There have been years’ worth of investigations and allegations held against Shaun King— all of which say the same thing. If you’re still questioning why various groups of black people do not support him, the answers are all there. What else is there left to say— Ivie Ani (@ivieani) August 29, 2020