Josh Rivers was removed from his position after offensive tweets emerged containing anti-Semitic, anti-trans, racist and misogynistic comments.
The hiring of Josh Rivers as editor of Gay Times magazine last month was meant to be a step in the right direction for the decades-old U.K. media outlet, which is set to relaunch on Nov. 30.
In the U.K. and the U.S., criticism has been levied against “gay media” for its lack of diversity, inspiring hashtags on Twitter like #GayMediaSoWhite. That Rivers, a black gay man, was appointed to such a high position seemed to be the perfect response to those accusations.
But shortly after Rivers was hired, BuzzFeed U.K.’s LGBTQ editor, Patrick Strudwick, unearthed offensive tweets from Rivers’ past, many of which contained derisive comments about people of color and women, as well as anti-Semitic and anti-transgender slurs.
“The creepiest gay men are short, old asian men with long nails. Fact,” said one tweet posted in January 2011 that was screenshot and shared by BuzzFeed.
“I wonder if they cast that guy as ‘The Jew’ because of that f—ing ridiculously large honker of a nose. It must be prosthetic. It must be,” read another post from January 2011.
The BuzzFeed report, which was published Wednesday, also noted Rivers referred to transgender people with a slur, writing, “Look here, tranny” in one tweet.
Those tweets and a number of others have since been removed from Rivers’ Twitter account.
In response to the BuzzFeed report, Gay Times initially announced the magazine was suspending Rivers pending an investigation. On Thursday, however, the outlet said it had terminated his employment.
“After an investigation surrounding historical tweets by Josh Rivers, the newly appointed Editor of Gay Times magazine; we announce that his employment has been terminated with immediate effect,” the statement, posted to the Gay Times Twitter page, said. “We sincerely apologise for the offence that was caused, particularly to those members of our wider community to whom such inappropriate and unacceptable commentary was the focus.”
A Gay Times spokesperson directed NBC News to the previously released statement in response to a request for comment.