The newly appointed editor of Gay Times has been suspended after it emerged he tweeted a series of antisemitic and misogynistic comments as well as attacking gay people, homeless people and disabled children.
Josh Rivers, who took the position in October, is the first BME editor of a gay men’s magazine, and took on the role with a mandate to promote inclusivity and diversity.
However, he published a series of incendiary comments on his Twitter account between 2010 and 2015. The tweets, which have since been deleted, show Rivers describing Jews as “gross”, and sending numerous messages directing hatred towards lesbians, overweight people, and Asians and Chinese.
It would appear our lad has strong views on the subject.
What it really does though is expose the fragility of the strategy of sweeping all the non boringly hetero whites into the one coalition. No, not because being oppressed by The Man might not work as a strategy, rather because prejudice seems to be equally distributed. I’ve, for example, seen absolutely no evidence (not that I’ve gone looking for it) to suggest that gays are any more or less racist than the rest of society. We might well find they’re more misogynist, don’t know. Equally, there’s nothing to tell us that racists or non- have similar views on abortion, the gender pay gap or anything else.
There are so many axes along which attitudes, from preferences to prejudices, can be measured that there’s simply no assurance at all that they’ll align. Which is a bit of a problem for a coalition really.