INTO Editor Apologizes For Anti-Ariana Grande Piece

LGBT website INTO is apologizing for a piece written about Ariana Grande.

Writer and transgender activist Eli Erlick argued that Grande’s new music video “thank u, next” is “surprisingly anti-queer.”

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The website’s editor apologized for the article, insisting the piece “should never have been published” and did not meet their standards. Following the backlash, INTO was made aware of serious “allegations made in the past” against Erlick.

“Given the seriousness of these allegations, I personally spoke with the writer and immediately launched an internal investigation,” INTO Editor-in-Chief Zach Stafford in a post Tuesday afternoon. “INTO was not aware of these until Monday after publishing. And the writer will not be contributing to INTO for the time being.”

The original article is still up, but the writer’s name has been removed: “We have decided to remove the author’s name from this piece after the editorial team was alerted that a high number of death threats were being made against the writer as a result of the opinions presented in this piece.”

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“These opinions never warrant violence,” the editor’s note continued. “And when a writer’s own life could potentially be at stake, we must take necessary steps to ensure their safety.”

“thank u, next” is the number one trending video on YouTube as of this writing, amassing more than 100 million views in four days.

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