BuzzFeed Editor Walks Back Saying ‘Don’t Pray. Push for Gun Control’ On Lafayette Shooting


In the immediate aftermath of the Louisiana movie theater shooting last night, Governor Bobby Jindal and numerous other figures took to the media and urged America to pray for the victims and those affected. In the midst of all this, BuzzFeed News editor Rachel Zarrell tweeted out her frustration with gun violence, but then, she tweeted a message that struck a negative chord with viewers:

After a responder suggested that it might not be the right time to politicize the tragedy, Zarrell doubled down:

Within the context of the ongoing story, Twitter users did not take Zarrell’s approach very well:

The backlash hit a peak when conservative activist Stephen Miller linked a tweet to Zarrell and editor-in-chief Ben Smith that her tweet was a violation of BuzzFeed’s ethics code:

No long afterwards, Zarrell admitted that her tweet was “reactive” and the wrong thing to say at the time:

[h/t Gawker]
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