British Museum Criticized for Saying Asian Names Are Confusing

During an interactive Twitter session #AskACurator, a curator was asked about accessibility to a diverse range of people, to which the reply was: “Sometimes Asian names can be confusing, so we have to be careful about using too many.”

That tweet caused an uproar, and British Museum tried to clarify that statement, but dug itself into a deeper hole:

Eventually, they decided to apologize:

Read more about it at The Guardian.

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CNN Commentator Fired After Tweeting “Sieg Heil!”

Jeffrey Lord said he was mocking Angelo Carusone’s call to boycott Sean Hannity’s Fox News show, making a reference to censorship, when he posted the words “Sieg Heil!”.

CNN did not accept his explanation and fired him almost immediately.

 

Jeffrey Lord, the indefatigable defender of President Trump whose advocacy turned him into an unlikely political celebrity, was fired by CNN on Thursday after a convoluted Twitter exchange in which he evoked — mockingly, he said — a Nazi salute.

Mr. Lord received the news by telephone while on his way to CNN’s Manhattan studio in a town car provided by the network, which ferried him from his home near Harrisburg, Pa.

After Mr. Lord, 66, learned that his contract had been severed, the car turned around. “I didn’t have to walk; I thanked them for that,” he said in a telephone interview from the road.

Read more about it at the New York Times.

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Journalist Fired After Tweet Expressing Discomfort with Japanese Winning Indy 500 on Memorial Day

Terry Frei tweeted that “very uncomfortable with a Japanese driver winning the Indianapolis 500 during Memorial Day weekend.”

The Denver Post sports writer was promptly fired, saving his employer a lot of embarrassment. The story became national news.

Terry deleted the tweet and later wrote about the incident in very apologetic terms, but it was too late. The Denver Post did not reinstate him.

The Denver Post apologized as well, saying on Twitter that Frei’s words do “not reflect the standards and values of our organization.”

Late Monday morning, the Post sent a statement to 9NEWS, which said Terry Frei was no longer with The Denver Post.

The newspaper’s statement read in its entirety:

“We apologize for the disrespectful and unacceptable tweet that was sent by one of our reporters. Terry Frei is no longer an employee of The Denver Post. It’s our policy not to comment further on personnel issues.

The tweet doesn’t represent what we believe nor what we stand for. We hope you will accept our profound apologies.”

Read more about it at Denver 9News.

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