New York Times Employee Apologizes for ‘Offensive’ Posts

September 18, 2019 Updated: September 18, 2019

Another media figure is apologizing after past online posts expressing offensive sentiment came to light.

Gina Chérélus, an editorial assistant at The New York Times, used a number of racially charged terms in posts on Twitter.

Chérélus took to the social media platform on Sept. 17 to apologize.

“I have deleted offensive tweets from when I was in college nearly a decade ago. I am truly sorry,” she wrote.

In one post from 2013, Chérélus had written: “Some white people really just don’t get it … Trying so hard to argue against something you JUST DON’T GET.”

In a post from 2011, she wrote: “About to try and enjoy a pedicure. Haven’t let an Asian touch my hands or feet for about a year ever since that lady cut me.”

In another post that year, she wrote: “Gonna try this mani out again. Last time this crazy Asian lady stabbed me and I was bleeding.”

“There is a way you can apply your eye makeup to make them look like you’re Asian. Man they be finding ways I tell ya,” she wrote in another missive that year.

In 2012 Cherelus wrote: “I hate going to Asian nail salons. They feel [expletive] entitled and don’t know anything but basic ghetto [expletive].”

Also that year, she wrote, “I’m not saying all Asians aren’t able, but this can really cause you to make hasty generalizations.”

The Twitter posts were unearthed by Newsmax host John Cardillo earlier on Tuesday.

Chérélus’s apology came just a few days after she shared a post about Shane Gillis, a comedian, being dropped from “Saturday Night Live” for offensive remarks he made in the past.

“Truth is, this guy will be fine,” a Twitter user wrote.

Last month, a New York Times political editor made a series of posts about Jews, which the paper admitted was “a clear violation of our standards.” Tom Wright-Piersanti, the editor, apologized for the missives.

The paper has not commented on the situation with Chérélus as of early Sept. 18.

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