The New Republic published and has now deleted an “opinion” article on Friday that included shocking and incendiary commentary of South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s bid for the 2020 presidency.
The article, written by gay writer Dale Peck, was titled “My Mayor Pete Problem.” It included asinine statements made by the author about Buttigieg’s sexual life (weather he was a bottom) and repeatedly referred to him as “Mary Pete.”
Peck’s badly written assessment of Pete Buttigieg, claimed “Mary Pete is a neoliberal and a Jeffersonian meritocrat, which is to say he’s just another unrepentant or at least unexamined beneficiary of white male privilege,” the posting spread quickly across the internet where it received widespread criticism from many readers and members of the LGBT media including John Aravosis of AmericaBlog, Kenneth Walsh of Kenneth in the 212, and Back2Stonewall.
In a statement late Friday night the Washington Examiner‘s, editor Chris Lehmann said, “The New Republic recognizes that this post crossed a line, and while it was largely intended as satire, it was inappropriate and invasive.” Peck’s op-ed was then removed from the site.
Peck who’s 2009 novel, Sprout, won the Lambda Literary Award for LGBT Children’s/Young Adult literature has had problems before with his writings when in May 2011, Peck’ criticized Jewish-American literature in one of his freelance pieces which he claimed “[I]f I have to read another book about the Holocaust, I’ll kill a Jew myself”. His editors later removed the statement from his article
New Republic just published a piece about Pete Buttigieg referring to him as “Mary Pete,” and discussing whether he likes getting fucked up the ass.— John Aravosis 🇺🇸 (@aravosis) July 12, 2019
What are you doing, @newrepublic? This isn’t pushing boundaries. It’s homophobia worthy of a boycott. https://t.co/KzEVAmMf2H pic.twitter.com/POC1lJjkNk