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Time for a hillbilly eulogy?
“Hillbilly Elegy” author J.D. Vance has departed the board of a green food firm following a controversial hot take on Twitter.
Vance was an early investor in AppHarvest, a mega-greenhouse company that employs eco-friendly technology to mass-produce food in Appalachia, where his best-selling memoir takes place, the Associated Press reported. Their board of directors also includes businesswoman, domestic diva TV guru and thirst-trap queen Martha Stewart.
However, the 36-year-old scribe drew online scorn after condemning corporations that criticized GOP measures to change voting laws.
“Raise their taxes and do whatever else is necessary to fight these goons,” read a Monday tweet by Vance, who is being floated to represent Ohio in the senate. “We can have an American Republic or a global oligarchy, and it’s time for choosing.”
Three days earlier, he had posted a tweet praising Fox News pundit Tucker Carlson for being the “only powerful figure who consistently challenges elite dogma — on both cultural and economic questions.”
An AppHarvest representative didn’t specify if Vance’s comments were the reason for his departure, only stating to Yahoo that “it would not be appropriate” for them “to discuss his motivation” for leaving the board.
Oft considered the preeminent ode to rural Americana, Vance’s “Hillybilly Elegy” was recently turned into a film starring Amy Adams and Glenn Close.
The flick divided critics while Close received both a Razzie and a 2021 Oscar nomination for her performance.
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