Editor Of Gay Magazine Suspended After Tone-Deaf And Offensive Tweets Surface

Editor Of Gay Magazine Suspended After Tone-Deaf And Offensive Tweets Surface
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7 months ago

In October of 2017, roughly a month ago, Josh Rivers became the first person of color to act as Editor for the UK's Gay Times, Britain's longest running LGBTQ publication. At the time, it was heralded as a step forward for equality and representation in the media. On Wednesday, November 15th, however, Buzzfeed published an article revealing a plethora of anti-Semitic, misogynistic, anti-trans, and racist tweets Rivers sent over the past 7 years:

I wonder if they cast that guy as ‘The Jew’ because of that f***ing ridiculously larger honker of a nose. It must be prosthetic. Must be.
Long day. How would I type that with Chinese accent? Wong way?
The creepiest gay men are short, old asian men with long nails. Fact.
Waitress from next door just got back from Africa & told me I should go soon. Do I look like I’m trying to get killed? Jog on, honey.

For anyone to write these is incredibly uncomfortable, especially the editor of an LGBTQ magazine.

So the Egyptian men celebrate by raping women? Cool. Freedom rings for fat, smelly, hairy, c***-face, backwards rapists. YAY!
I’ve just seen a girl in the tightest white tank & lord help me if she’s not pregnant, she should be killed. #gross

This has not been a good year for social progress.

People are calling for Rivers to be terminated.

Rivers' initial response when confronted with his past words were fairly simple:

Rivers has issued this statement:

For many, however, it isn't enough.

When asked how he, as a LGBTQ man of color, could be so unaware of his feelings when he tweeted such things, he responded:

I think it is a question that can be asked of our community at large...The reasons I say it’s a question that can be asked of the entire community is it’s something we as a community are not very good at if we think about supporting others.

Many Gay Times readers feel let down:

Others, however, accepted his apology and are ready to move on.

Most agree, however, that something has to change. Rivers has been suspended from the Times pending an investigation.