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    Wait, Channing Tatum is writing a romance novel with Roxane Gay?

    Emily Temple

    January 30, 2023, 11:53am

    Today I learned that Channing Tatum is writing a “fun and sexy” romance novel with Roxane Gay. And you know what, that is fun and sexy!

    Yep—Tatum is expanding from children’s books (and this) into something a little more grown-up. “She has almost a roughed-out outline of a story that we both love,” he told Vanity Fair. “We just got to find time to do it. She’s the busiest, she’s way busier than I am.”

    Even better: Gay told Vanity Fair that Tatum “went out of his way to ensure they were paid equally” for the project.

    “For whatever reason, he is intimately aware of his privilege,” Gay said. “He doesn’t apologize for it, which is, frankly, refreshing. Like, you’re an absurdly attractive famous wealthy white man. Please don’t pretend that isn’t great. But he treats people well.”

    “To be clear, that is the right thing to do,” Gay added. “And we shouldn’t give medals to people for doing the right thing, but at the same time, most people simply don’t do the right thing and it is notable when it happens.”

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