Please know that I have given this subject a great deal of thought. I initially wrote this opinion piece to call attention to a post on Karen Marie Moning’s Facebook page. In it, she voiced support for audiobook narrator Phil Gigante. Reader comments on that thread linking to articles on his arrest were hidden, and I felt like that information should be available to readers. So I provided it here.
Since that time, Moning has apologized and severed ties with Gigante. But that is not the only thing that has happened. Fandom has blown up. Everyone is angry. Many people are hurt. Others are reminded of their own experiences with sexual abuse. It’s not a simple debate; it’s an emotional one that touches people deeply.
I feel like there has been enough exposure to this story that readers can make an informed decision about whether they want to support Gigante’s work. If not, a simple Google search can give you the basics of his case. I hope, soon, we can start taking steps to heal our fractured community. I hope our conversations can become more constructive. I hope those who have felt hurt can start to heal.
I know other blogs have linked to this page for the screen grabs I made when this all started. I will leave them below for that reason. I support each person’s choice to make their voice heard.
I hope you understand where I am coming from. I think the dialogue this has sparked is important. I hope that in the aftermath of what has divided us, we can start to come together again.