Parkland high school student David Hogg and his sister have scored a major book deal expounding on “the birth of a new movement,” but have created controversy before it is even released.
Hogg, the media darling of the student anti-gun movement since the mass shooting at his Florida school in February, has teamed with his sister Lauren book deal with Random House, the publisher announced Wednesday.
The planned book, “#NEVERAGAIN: A New Generation Draws the Line,” is being described as “a statement of generational purpose, and a moving portrait of the birth of a new movement.”
The siblings announced they would be donating the proceeds from the book to charity and Random House will make a donation to nonprofit organization, Everytown for Gun Safety, according to Time Magazine.
Today @lauren_hoggs and I are announcing our book #NeverAgain that tells the story of the foundation of this movement for those we lost. Lauren and I will be using the money made from the book to help heal the community. #NeverAgain out June 5th https://t.co/Vh2gWVWNGq
— David Hogg (@davidhogg111) April 18, 2018
Announcing #NeverAgain, a book by @davidhogg111 and I that tells the story of how we turned our grief into action and how we fight and speak out for those who no longer can. All proceeds going to healing Parkland and to prevent gun violence. Coming out June 5th.
— Lauren Hogg (@lauren_hoggs) April 18, 2018
But while Hogg has made waves with his incendiary rhetoric and his calls for boycotts against pro-gun companies as well as Fox News’ Laura Ingraham, who hurt his feelings by tweeting about his college rejection letters, it is the title of the upcoming book that has ignited the latest backlash.
Are you really going to use the name never again? You need to educate yourself on what that term was used for, what it means, and the people it represents.
— Jason (@Jason62242444) April 18, 2018
Shame on you for using something that has been to remember the Holocaust for over 50 years and you’ve hijacked it. Shame on you and shame who on anyone who supports you. Could you not have invented something that was unique to this situation? Or are you not smart enough to?
— ????? 4 USA ????? (@Texas_Nana59) April 19, 2018
Perhaps the Hoggs need a history refresher. Although with the current state of education in the school system, maybe teaching about the Holocaust was left out of liberal textbooks.
Is it fair to say you are cheapening the phrase Never Again with this? Remember the Holocaust?
— Dan Morrissey (@DMorrissey907) April 18, 2018
“Never Again” has a sacred meaning already. Please use a different name for your book.
— Mary King (@maryking1948) April 18, 2018
I really support u & your movement I am an avid advocate 4 strong gun control law However as a child of holocaust survivors I take umbrage with your use of the term #neveragain which until now has been associated with the holocaust
— Chesky Wertman (@chesk770) April 18, 2018
I have soooooo many problems with politicizing the phrase #NeverAgain. It’s a term used to memorialize the Holocaust (and, to a lesser extent, to memorialize the victims of the September 11th attacks). It is deeply gross to use that phrase to push for a divisive political agenda. https://t.co/vr2utXER8h
— Jerry Dunleavy (@JerryDunleavy) April 18, 2018
— Jordan Schachtel (@JordanSchachtel) April 18, 2018
It is simply obscene for a gun control movement to use the motto #NeverAgain
Read a history book about how the Nazis disarmed the Jews before murdering them
— Dr. Deploralowlifebot ❤?? (@buybuydandavis) April 18, 2018
Of all the titles you could have chosen, stealing NEVER AGAIN from the Holocaust? Are you kidding? Five million lost souls and their descendants are not pleased. pic.twitter.com/LKMW08gULG
— Douglas Cogan (@DCCogan) April 18, 2018
Feel like pointing out that it appears you and your fellow sheep are appropriating #neveragain from Holocaust victims. You did learn about the Holocaust in school right? Or did you miss it because of walking out?
— April Lynn (@aprilynnia) April 18, 2018
Boycott penguinrandomhouse for allowing this use of sacred Jewish history as the title for a partisan hack job.
— blackcatsoda (@blackcatsoda) April 19, 2018