Mashable Reporter Fired For Writing #OscarsSoWhite Is ‘Canceled’

Ford Springer | Contributor

Mashable fired one of its film reporters following some serious backlash after he wrote that #OscarsSoWhite was “canceled” for the 2017 awards ceremony because of the many people of color expected to receive nominations.

The 2015 and 2016 Academy Awards shows caused an uproar due to the lack of people of color nominated for awards. People aired their frustrations using the Twitter hashtag #OscarsSoWhite to bring attention to the lack of diversity of the actors and actresses who received Oscar nominations.

Chris Rock's Oscars monologue

Chris Rock hosted the 2016 Academy Awards. (Photo: Getty Images)

Jeff Sneider, wrote the article about this year’s awards show, which some saw as a white male journalist “implying that diversity is no longer a problem in Hollywood,” Heat Street reports.

The reaction to Sneider’s article was apparently so severe, the media site considered it grounds for firing him.

Sneider’s article has, of course, now been edited so that it no longer claims that #OscarsSoWhite has been canceled. An editor’s note has also been added to the piece calling Sneider’s original work “incorrect and insensitive.”

An initial version of this story suggested that #OscarsSoWhite was “canceled.” This was incorrect and insensitive, and we’ve since clarified: The acting nominees, the central point of contention over the past two years, could be more diverse than ever before. Even so, it does not solve the ongoing problem of diversity in Hollywood, and we regret suggesting otherwise.

Mashable would not offer any specifics on Sneider’s firing, according to Heat Street, but did confirm that it was “due to the events surrounding the article.”

Ford Springer



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