Sarah Jeong, a writer for the New York Times, has come under fire after some unsavory tweets from her past have come to light. The tweets feature numerous messages slamming “white people” and “white men,” with Jeong voicing her frustrations in a way that many are calling racist and sexist. Despite the negative attention her tweets have generated, the New York Times continues to stand by her.
This is AFTER I drank a beer and ate a whole meal pic.twitter.com/XutgiTPkoK
— sarah jeong (@sarahjeong) December 23, 2017
The New York Times issued a statement voicing their support of Jeong. The statement read, “We hired Sarah Jeong because of the exceptional work she has done covering the internet and technology at a range of respected publications.
“Her journalism and the fact that she is a young Asian woman have made her a subject of frequent online harassment. For a period of time she responded to that harassment by imitating the rhetoric of her harassers. She sees now that this approach only served to feed the vitriol that we too often see on social media. She regrets it, and The Times does not condone it.
“We had candid conversations with Sarah as part of our thorough vetting process, which included a review of her social media history. She understands that this type of rhetoric is not acceptable at The Times and we are confident that she will be an important voice for the editorial board moving forward.”
You can read some of the tweets below.
WARNING: NSFW language
Jeong has apologized for her tweets, saying that she was responding to Twitter trolls.
“As a woman of color on the internet, I have faced torrents of online hate, often along this vein,” she said.
“I engaged in what I thought of at the time of counter-trolling. While it was intended as satire, I deeply regret that I mimicked the language of my harassers. These comments were not aimed at a general audience, because general audiences do not engage in harassment campaigns. I can understand how hurtful these posts are out of context, and would not do it again.”
Despite the apology, there are still people online calling for her firing. We will have to see whether Jeong is able to weather the storm or whether the New York Times will ultimately pull the plug on her hiring.
— sarah jeong (@sarahjeong) November 15, 2017