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.
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
The revelations surrounding @PatrickStrud's article on @_joshrivers are simply astounding. The totally unacceptable use of language towards lesbians, trans people, Asians, overweight people, and people of the Jewish faith is both vile and deeply disappointing.— Josh Withey ❀ (@josh_withey) November 15, 2017
The two years I spent as online editor of @gaytimesmag were some of the most enjoyable and educational of my career. I hope that @JamesFrostEssex is looking hard at the outrage from the entire world, not just the LGBT community, and is considering serious and immediate action.— Josh Withey ❀ (@josh_withey) November 15, 2017
After promising so much in terms of inclusivity, diversity and acceptance - these tweets appear to show a historic lack of all three qualities. It's a shocking and upsetting state of affairs.— Josh Withey ❀ (@josh_withey) November 15, 2017
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.
“Throwing the gay community under the bus in his official statement seemed to work for Kevin Spacey!” - The Editor-in-Chief of Gay Times.— Philip Ellis (@Philip_Ellis) November 15, 2017
When you follow @_joshrivers the new editor of @GayTimesMag because you're excited about the progression of LGBT media and that it's heading in a new direction. Only to realise he's exactly what he claims not to be. Was this the best choice for diversity? #unfollow #provemewrong https://t.co/RJpe8yLehU— Simon Dunn (@TheSimonDunn) November 15, 2017
People say misguided things on Twitter all the time. You’ve grown, and changed, and matured, you’re doing wonderful work now and I’m sure that the community will forgive you. Stay positive and don’t let this deter you from your goals x— Calum McSwiggan (@CalumMcSwiggan) November 15, 2017
While it's good of you to apologise, you are absolutely not suited to be editor of such an important magazine. These comments weren't that long ago, and it's frightening you could hold those views so recently.— James Harrison 🇪🇺 (@JamesWHarrison) November 15, 2017