I'd like to say it's rare that we get to see the liberal thumb placed so heavily upon the social scale of justice, but it's not rare at all. It's simply a very stark juxtaposition here between James Gunn, who was dumped by Disney for some very poorly constructed and disgusting tweets from his past--and Sarah Jeong, who the NY Times hired despite the existence of equally disgusting racist tweets directed at white people.
Tech writer Sarah Jeong has drawn fire in social media for a series of tweets she made several years ago that bashed “dumbass f–king white people,” whom she derides in another tweet as “groveling goblins.”
The NY Times said it doesn't condone the remarks, but in fact they do sort of condone it when they give a pass to Jeong, and stand by her explanation.
Jeong said she was imitating the language of her online harassers and intended it as “satire” — but now “deeply regrets that I imitated the language of my harassers.”
But she did it over and over again. If it was satire, it was quite a campaign, not a single tweet. As David French opined, I'm okay with the newspaper hiring whom they please. If they believe Jeong and stand by her explanation, as an employer, it's their right.
It's also a newspaper's obligation to do more than simply gloss over these tweets as "satire." It seems that any pushback to "the man" by supposedly powerless minorities who are harassed online is given complete absolution, but any transgressions against so-called oppressed groups, especially by white men, are taken as seriously as murder.
James Gunn was fired over tweets that practically nobody read, and were brought to the surface for the specific purpose of smearing him. Gunn was doing nothing for Disney but making a movie--probably a very good one judging from the two Guardians of the Galaxy films he'd already done. Gunn is in the entertainment business, just like many who cross over lines of good taste (even today) for the sake of a laugh.
(If what Gunn did is worth losing his career, then what shall we do with Sacha Baron Cohen? But that's a different story for another day.)
Sarah Jeong is not here to entertain us. She's here to help the New York Times, the newspaper of record for many serious Americans, shape the news. She's literally here to present truth to the world in the form of properly crafted, consequential journalism.
This isn't a case of some powerless waif punching at the moon in response to bullies. It's a woman either mocking, or at worst, hurling venomous racist comments, at other people because of their skin color. The liberal arc holds that as long as the skin color being vilified is white, that's okay.
Again, as French explains, nobody can claim that anti-white racism doesn't exist. In small and large ways, it exists. In some cases, it might be understandable, but that doesn't make it right. The NY Times, above all, should know right from wrong, and should do more than just "not condone" the tweets while keeping the person who sent them on its editorial board.
Or perhaps Disney should consider reinstating James Gunn as director of "Guardians of the Galaxy 3." If a former racist tweeter can shape the news, certainly a former shock-topic (pedophilia and other things) tweeter can make entertaining movies.
If one explanation is to be believed and the other ignored, that speaks volumes about the power exerted by those who think it's okay to hurl racist insults at white people, and about the powerlessness of white people to even point out when the liberal thumb is fully tilting the scale.