The New Republic pulled a column by a gay writer who referred to South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg as “Mary Pete” and speculated on his sexual preferences.
Over the weekend, outlet published an editorial by Dale Peck called “My Mayor Pete Problem.”
Peck wrote that the only thing that differentiates “Mary Pete” is “what he does with his dick (and possibily his ass, although I get a definite top-by-default vibe from him, which is to say that I bet he thinks about getting fucked but he’s too uptight about it).”
Peck went onto criticize Buttigieg for spending his teenage years in the closet. “The last thing I want in the White House is a gay man staring down 40 who suddenly realizes he didn’t have all the fun his straight peers did when they were teenagers.”
After the piece was met with shock and backlash, The New Republic yanked the editorial.
Editor, owner apologize for ‘inappropriate’ column:
The column was removed and replaced with a message from an editor.
“Dale Peck’s post ‘My Mayor Pete Problem’ has been removed from the site, in response to criticism of the piece’s inappropriate and invasive content. We regret its publication,” an editor’s note said.
The outlet’s owner also apologized to Buttigieg.
"As The New Republic's owner, I want to extend our sincerest apologies to Mayor Buttigieg, as well as to our readers, for an article that was both inappropriate and offensive. It has been removed from our site," wrote Win McCormack.
"Yesterday we made a mistake, but we remain committed to honoring the tradition of high standards and journalistic integrity that have been the hallmark of The New Republic for more than 100 years," McCormack said.
New Republic loses climate forum:
The League of Conservation Voters cut ties with The New Republic after the piece. The outlet was set to co-host an upcoming candidate forum on climate change with Democratic White House hopefuls.
The group said that the piece was “inconsistent with our values.”
"LCV is withdrawing our participation in the presidential primary candidate climate forum previously announced in New York City on September 23," the group said in a statement. "We will remain focused on the important work of elevating the climate crisis in this election and encouraging all the candidates to be prioritizing solutions."
Gizmodo, a co-host of the forum, said that the New Republic has pulled out as a host. The site called the New Republic piece an “offensive, homophobic attack.”
“The forum itself will go on,” the site said in a statement. “In reaction to The New Republic article, the League of Conservation Voters, NRDC Action Fund, Earthjustice Action, and the Center for American Progress Action Fund have decided to remove themselves from the event. We will provide additional updates as the situation unfolds.”