The newly appointed editor of Britain’s prominent Gay Times magazine was fired Thursday after a series of anti-Semitic, homophobic and racist tweets emerged.
Josh Rivers’s used Twetter as his personal soap box. The problem with what is termed Mean Girl tweets are they offend everyone. While his rants are grievious they are not like his name sake Joan FUNNY. Those can be overlooked as entertainment or in Joan’s case art. I admit to a few bites myself in my past, but in the case of Mr Rivers his stream of verbal abuse is often unforgiven in an editor because they were poorly written.
Dating back to 2010, River’s bag of tweets contained disparage remarks tword Africans, Asians, the overweight and homeless people.
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In March 2007, Gay Times announced relabelling of its magazine as GT announcing: “The Future’s Here: Are You Up For It? New Look. New Attitude. New Sections. New Writers. New Style. Gay Times becomes GT“.
In October 2014, the publication celebrated its 30th anniversary with major interviews and coverage spanning its 30 years of publication.
In March 2017, the magazine reverted to its original name announcing: “Gay Times will move away (…) from an earlier rebrand which saw it change the magazine name to GT. With the current global political climate, we feel compelled to stand up and stand out with pride. As such, we’ve decided to reclaim our original name: Gay Times.”
Josh Rivers was appointed as editor in October 2017, but was suspended from his post the following month following the emergence of antisemitic and misogynistic tweets posted by Rivers from 2010 to 2015.
Rivers was sacked from the post the following day after an internal investigation. The publication intends to relaunch at the end of November 2017 with, it said in a statement, “what is quite possibly the most significant overhaul in its 33-year history”.
In December 2010, Rivers tweeted at women to stop being “whiney c***s,” telling them to “go change your f***ing tampon & stay the f*** out of my way.”
That year Rivers also hit out at lesbians and transgender people numerous times, calling out “trannies” for looking like “crackheads” and for their poor fashion choices.
In 2011, he called for a girl wearing an unflatteringly tight top to be killed and said homeless people should be “kept on the streets & off our buses!”
“We sincerely apologize for the offense that has been caused, particularly to those members of our wider community to whom such inappropriate and unacceptable commentary was the focus,” the publication said in a statement.
“Gay Times does not tolerate such views and will continue to strive to honor and promote inclusivity.”
Rivers, who was only appointed editor of the magazine last month, had on Wednesday apologized for his “hateful” and “abhorrent” remarks on Twitter, saying they came from a place of “deep self-loathing that I’ve worked hard to overcome.”
“I have long taken steps to address the issues that prevented me from treating people with the respect and kindness I value so dearly now,” Rivers wrote. “It is because of my past and my own awakening that I’ve since pivoted everything in my life towards supporting and empowering our community. It is upsetting that the damage I caused before has now resurfaced to cause more pain.”