Nov 162017
 

The editor of the Gay Times has been fired just weeks after taking up the role after anti-Semitic and misogynistic tweets were uncovered.

Josh Rivers sent a series of tweets between 2010 and 2015 which made offensive comments about women, Jewish people, Chinese people, lesbians, transgender people, and people he thought were overweight or ugly.

The magazine said that all of his articles have now been removed from the website and he has been dismissed from his post.

Among the offensive messages was one which said an actor cast as a Jewish person had a “f——- ridiculously larger honker of a nose” and another which tweeted approvingly a quote from US animation Family Guy:  “Jews are gross. It’s the only religion with ‘ew’ in it.”

Gay Times announced on Wednesday that he had been suspended. In a statement it said: “Josh Rivers’ past tweets do not align with the values of Gay Times, or any of our employees, in any capacity.

“Josh has been suspended with immediate effect while we investigate the facts. Appropriate action will be taken in due course.”

On Thursday morning it said that “his employment has been suspended with immediate effect”.

“We sincerely apologise for the offence that has been caused, particularly to those members of our wider community to whom such inappropriate and unacceptable commentary was the focus,” a spokesman said.

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