[5/10/16: Updated below]
Wondering why the hell you’re seeing Dairy Queen Blizzards all over your social media timelines?
I’ll do my best to break it down for you.
Authors and cover models have a history of working together to self-promote (seems like an oxymoron, but it’s not) their work. Authors use cover models to promote their books; cover models use authors to promote their modeling careers.
It’s a symbiotic relationship that works for both sides.
Until it doesn’t.
No one expects – or should expect – authors to be held responsible for all of the actions taken by a cover model, and the same goes for the models being held responsible for the actions of an author. But they should each expect a certain level of professionalism and couth, as would any person who is hired by or hires another professional person.
That all fell to shit this weekend when a male cover model took to his Facebook page and self-destructed.
Paul Blake is a cover model and self-proclaimed “Public Figure” who wrote this now-deleted post:
I’ve read that several times and still can’t put 1 + 1 together to make the shit he said make sense.
I guess that’s what happens when a dumbass blowhard tries to be prophetic and spout his learned knowledge upon the world.
But that alone wasn’t enough to rile up the Book World.
It was THIS gem of a reply (and subsequent comments backing himself up) that dug his grave for him:
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(I wasn’t quick enough to get my own screenshots of the implosion, so I grabbed these from friends around Facebook.)
Yep, that’s a “professional” cover model telling a woman to “go eat your last Dairy Queen Blizzard and then hang yourself in the closet.”
And then he follows it up by telling another woman to “join your friend” in her trip to DQ and suicide.
Since the virtual Pukestormageddon, the romance book community has rallied its support behind outing this person for his behavior by making their avatars to pictures of Blizzards, models and designers are offering their photos for free, and authors are changing their book covers.
The best thing we can do to eradicate the hate from our lives is to understand what happened and what friends are talking about and then to ERASE THIS PERSON FROM OUR LIVES.
We ignore him and his need for negative attention, but we must also remember why he’s black balled from the community.
Boycotting the authors who have used him on their covers will do nothing to help the cause of spreading information; we’d only be hurting the authors, most of whom are changing the covers.
Here are a few books that have used Paul Blake on their covers:
Go ahead and share the information and proof of this guys’s bad behavior. We encourage you to never speak his name again. Don’t buy anything he promotes from here on out. (Remember: Don’t boycott these books. It does nothing but hurt the authors.)
That’s how we can show him and people like him that beliefs and behavior like this is unacceptable and just plain stupid.
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I should have been clearer in this post and on any of my social media posts that he does not deserve to be attacked or bullied. It wasn’t my intention to draw attention away from what he said and his own feelings and into a full-on attack on this guy and his friends and family.
Know that if you attack someone and their family because of their bullying behavior, you are perpetuating the problem by being a bully.
Right before I came here to update this post, I happened to see a post on Paul Blake’s page by someone who says he’s a friend posting on Paul’s behalf:
I can’t vouch for the validity of this post, but if it’s true, of course he deserves our forgiveness. The guy isn’t evil incarnate. He made some poor decisions and spouted off when he clearly shouldn’t have.
Forgiveness doesn’t mean we should forget his remarks and threats, nor does it mean we should encourage anyone to work with him. It means we recognize that he’s a human being who is (allegedly) admitting he made mistakes.
Bring about a positive change in your life: physical, emotional, psychological, whatever. It’s the best way to fight back against a negative force.
Indeed I said above that his beliefs and behavior are stupid. I still believe they are.
I also called him a “dumbass blowhard,” and after his 2+ days of stupid behavior and then his apology, I’m sure even he would agree that my description is accurate.
Those are my words directly referring to his exact actions. I am not focusing my disappointment in his behavior on attacking his looks, his wife, his personal life, nor am I doing anything to harm his daily life. Those things would be bullying.
And yes, he’s right: two wrongs don’t make a right.
I say we move along and forgive.
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