By now you may have heard the complicated story of Dr. V. who invented a “scientifically superior” golf club, which was published on Grantland, and the controversy surrounding it. Over the course of the 7,000 word story, the author not only delves into the inventor’s credentials, but outs her as a trans woman to one of her investors. Dr. V. committed suicide four or five weeks after the writer interviewed her for the piece.
In a letter from the editor several days later, Grantland’s editor-in-chief Bill Simmons writes:
So what did we screw up? Well, that’s where it gets complicated. …To my infinite regret, we never asked anyone knowledgeable enough about transgender issues to help us either (a) improve the piece, or (b) realize that we shouldn’t run it. That’s our mistake — and really, my mistake, since it’s my site. So I want to apologize. I failed.
Simmons is right. They did fail. And it’s the same issue that many media sites have–a staff lacking diversity and sensitivity, so when anything goes down, there’s no one to point out the ignorance. We’ve said it time and time again–every staff needs a Jamal.
On today’s show #TeamBlackness discusses the responsibility of the media, why gummy African Masks may not be the best candy choice, and who should not play Whitney Houston in the planned biopic.
The Morning Crew returns with a very important What You Should Know about the Voting Rights Act (11:00), Air BnB’s digital discrimination (23:08), Putin equating homosexuality with pedophilia (39:19), and a problematic piece of art discussed (48:36).
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