A gay man who tweeted that “feminist” blogger Malala Yousafzai was a “fake hero” because she has the courage to stand up to “male supremacy” and “gay bashing” has been censured by her own blog, The New York Times reported Wednesday.
“Feminism is an oppressive ideology, which means it is not compatible with our human nature,” the author of the post, Ryan J. Anderson, wrote on his blog, Gay Men Don’t Do That.
“As a woman, I can only hope that Malala is one of the first people to have the courage, wisdom and will to fight against the patriarchy.
That would be amazing.”
Anderson, who is also a senior editor at The Huffington Post, was suspended from The New Yorker’s LGBT news section in January for his remarks about the Nobel Peace Prize winner.
The tweet, which was deleted from his blog last month, was published on July 14 by a member of the blog community who identifies as a trans woman, and was subsequently reposted by a large number of other gay and bisexual men.
“He’s not the first gay male to make this mistake,” said John Stemberg, a senior staff writer at the New York City-based LGBT advocacy group GLAAD, which has criticized Anderson for the tweet.
“There are gay men out there who have made similar mistakes.
It’s a huge problem, because we’re all human beings and have the capacity to make mistakes.”
Stembergs told The Associated Press that it’s “very concerning” that Anderson would use the hashtag “feminism” to attack a person who has fought against the gay and lesbian community.
“It’s the exact opposite of what I’d hoped it would be, which is a conversation about equality,” Stemberges said.
A spokesperson for Anderson, Ryan Anderson Inc., declined to comment. “
That said, I do think that it does help make it clear to people that there’s a problem, and I think it does serve as a reminder to all gay men, gay women, trans women, who are not only gay men or gay women who are gay, but any other marginalized group that there are men out here who are out there, like Ryan Anderson, that there is a problem.”
A spokesperson for Anderson, Ryan Anderson Inc., declined to comment.
The Twitter user who reposting the tweet wrote: “I think Malala deserves a Nobel Peace prize for her courageous advocacy against male supremacy.
She has a great heart and has a remarkable story to tell.”
A photo of Anderson’s original tweet was also shared widely on social media.
“@ryananderson has made a big mistake.
Theres a difference between a good joke and a serious one,” one user wrote.
Another said: “This is a very stupid person.
Malala just got another Nobel Peace for fighting against gay male supremacy.”
The New Republic, the New Yorker and The Washington Post all published articles about Anderson’s tweets, but the Huffington Post’s review of the content said they didn’t raise “significant” issues about his statements or his role in the LGBT community.
However, the Huffington Live tweeted the original tweet, in which the man said he believed “male dominance” is “a big problem.”
The Huffington Live said the post has been taken down, but a screenshot was posted on Twitter.
The Huffington post’s review said the tweets had raised “significant issues about Anderson.”
“While Anderson may have made some very valid points in the context of his post, the fact that he’s chosen to do so by linking to a page of his own blog that has a history of promoting sexist and misogynistic content does not in any way support the opinions or values that he holds,” the review said.
The review said “the use of a personal, public, and explicit name in this manner is not representative of HuffPost Live’s editorial philosophy or values.”
It also noted that Anderson’s comments about the prize were made in a blog post titled “I’m Proud to Be a Gay Man.”
“There is no room in the feminist community for any of the kinds of comments he’s made about women or LGBT people,” the report said.
However the review also noted “the very fact that this has become the subject of discussion in the queer community is indicative of how problematic it is for LGBT people to be called out for their behavior.”
HuffPost Live did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
HuffPost Live previously defended Anderson, writing on its website that the tweet “reflects a fundamental misunderstanding of the nature of gender identity.”
“He believes he’s being funny, but he’s in fact perpetuating a harmful narrative about the intersection of sex and gender,” the post said.
In a follow-up post