The Washington Post spirals out of control after an author retweets a “reprehensible” joke about women

A Washington Post spokesperson issued an apology after an author retweeted a sexist joke and other writers at the news outlet protested loudly on Twitter.

Dave Weigel retweeted a joke about women on Friday and immediately regretted it after being heavily criticized on Twitter for making jokes.

Weigel deleted the tweet, but it was saved for posterity by random people on Twitter and other outlet writers, like Felicia Sonmez, who objected to the sexist message.

“Every girl is bi. You just have to figure out if it’s polar or sexual,” the tweet said.

“Fantastic to work at a news outlet where retweets like this are allowed!” replied Sonmez sarcastically.

“Or maybe @daveweigel the right diagnosis: they just aren’t that into you.” answered Stephanie Ruhl, the MSNBC host.

Kristine Coratti Kelly, a Wapo spokeswoman, was quick to apologize for the offensive joke tweet.

“The editors have made it clear to staff that the tweet was reprehensible and degrading language or actions will not be tolerated,” Kelly said.

Weigel also apologized.

For some on the left, it wasn’t enough.

“They are still misogynistic garbage. I can’t believe @washingtonpost still bothers someone with such deep sexist beliefs. It definitely clouds his ability to report unbiased facts.” answered liberal activist Amy Siskind.

according to a report by CNN’s Oliver Darcy, WaPo national editor Matea Gold addressed the controversy with the outlet’s staff on a channel on Slack.

“I just want to reassure you all that The Post is committed to maintaining a respectful workplace for all. We do not tolerate demeaning speech or actions,” Gold wrote.

The whole bizarre episode was mocked and ridiculed by many on social media.

“Seriously? The Washington Post had to issue a statement on a retweet of a silly joke? Nearly a dozen journalists in Mexico have been murdered since the beginning of the year, and here we have people freaking out because Dave Weigel retweeted something. God damn babies, ” said Editor Jay Caruso.

Here is more about sexism in society:

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