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New Republic Pulls Dale Peck Op-ed Piece after Criticism of Homophobia

Saturday Jul 13, 2019
Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, right, and his husband, Chasten
Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, right, and his husband, Chasten  (Source:Associated Press)

Yes, Mr. Peck, tell us what you really think.

The New Republic published, then pulled, an op-ed piece by out writer Dale Peck after a widespread public outcry and accusations of homopobia, it was reported by Talking Points Memo.

"The editorial, which was penned by Dale Peck and entitled 'My Mayor Pete Problem,' was pulled from the website on Saturday and replaced with an editor's note, TPM reported.

"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," the note said.

In the piece, Peck labels Buttigieg "Mary Pete" and compares him to "a fifteen-year-old boy in a Chicago bus station wondering if it's a good idea to go home with a fifty-year-old man so that he'll finally understand what he is."


Dale Peck  (Source:Wikipedia)

Below are sections from Peck's story:

"Mary Pete and I are just not the same kind of gay. (For those of you wondering about "Mary Pete": a couple of months ago I asked Facebook what the gay equivalent of Uncle Tom was, and this was the answer at which we collectively arrived)... Mary Pete and I have a lot in common, but at a certain point we came to a fork in the road and I took the one less traveled and he took the one that was freshly paved and bordered by flowers and white picket fences and every house had a hybrid in the driveway and some solar panels on the ceiling, but discrete ones, nothing garish, nothing that would interfere with the traditional look of the neighborhood or the resale value of your home."

And this:

"All this makes Mary Pete different from every other left-leaning neoliberal in exactly zero ways. Because let's face it. The only thing that distinguishes the mayor of South Bend from all those other well-educated reasonably intelligent white dudes who wanna be president is what he does with his dick (and possibly 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 to do it). So let's dish the dish, homos. You know and I know that Mary Pete is a gay teenager. He's a fifteen-year-old boy in a Chicago bus station wondering if it's a good idea to go home with a fifty-year-old man so that he'll finally understand what he is."

This tweet contains a screenshot of a portion of the piece.




The Hill reported that TNR's editor-in-chief Win McCormack offered a lengthier apology Saturday afternoon.

"We have high standards at The New Republic, but sometimes we fall short," McCormack added in the statement released through Twitter.

"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," he continued.


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