Twitter users reacted angrily to the tweet, claiming she was dismissing the inclusion of LGBT characters. She responded by stating she "loves gays" and was "born that way."
#ThingsIWontApologizeFor I am a heterosexual writer writing about heterosexual characters. Being attacked for being heterosexual.— S. E. Hinton (@se4realhinton) January 5, 2017
Hinton then asked her followers how she was supposed to know what a gay character goes through, though it appears she has no problems with gangs.
I love gays . I didn't chose the heterosexual life style. I was born that way. https://t.co/bYrbxzRpPo— S. E. Hinton (@se4realhinton) January 5, 2017
The controversy comes after a number of media organisations revealed that LGBT characters are under-represented in the media. More stories: Tom Hardy wanted to go full-frontal in new BBC One drama ‘Taboo’ Make-up giant Maybelline just appointed its first-ever male ambassador
How am I supposed to know what a gay character goes through? Not writing about the black experience either. I can't know that! https://t.co/BkMQvDLG4f— S. E. Hinton (@se4realhinton) January 5, 2017