" It has been called misogynist; I was only being rude to an individual who was being rude to me."
Howey's apology would be a lot more convincing if, in his post — which did come across like a shrieking screed — he hadn't focused so much on the woman's youth, appearance and demeanor and all kinds of other irrelevant garbage. His rant, penned so many months after the event in question, made it crystal clear he would never brook a challenge to his promotional 'expertise' from someone he obviously despised for being younger, for not conforming to his ideas of beauty, for not being as successful as he is, and most of all, for being female. His apology acknowledges none of this, so it appears that his self-awareness is limited when it comes to the breadth and scope of his misogyny. It isn't enough to write strong fictional female characters; any male writer with a skill for marketing has the sense to do that. It's in these real life moments of reactionary impulsiveness that a man has to demonstrate a little self-awareness and find a better way of expressing himself.
In addition to that, by showing such poor judgment, Howey completely validated the woman's arguments. He needs a skilled professional to handle his PR and marketing.
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