In light of the recent onslaught of racist and transphobic bullshit on Thought Catalog, it is my bittersweet duty to announce that I will no longer be freelancing for them and have, with a considerable list of other writers, asked for my article archive be removed from the site. My final article, published yesterday (linked below until it’s taken down), was a call for reinstating some basic publication standards - such as not publishing racist and transphobic bullshit - following Gavin McInnes’ shitpile of violence. Immediately after, we got something called “Ferguson, Missouri Looks Like A Rap Video.”
Thought Catalog was the first place to ever publish my work and I will always be grateful for the people I’ve gotten to know and the opportunities that have come along as a result, but at the end of it, I refuse to continue putting my name on a site that condones and promotes hate speech, racism, transphobia, misogyny, and every other horrible thing under the sun, spreading poison under the shoddy veneer that “all thinking is relevant.” Because it fucking isn’t.
On to the next.
This is the realest shit: “I’m not here calling for some kind of lofty publication standards. Basic humanity is not an arbitrary ‘standard.’”
I am proud to say that my reporters and I have made the “basic humanity is not an issue of a subjective POV” argument before to the Daily Dot editorial team, and the Daily Dot editorial team has always fucking agreed.