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NYT‘s Bari Weiss Fends Off Accusations of Racism Over Twitter Reference to Hamilton

New York Times opinion writer and staff editor Bari Weiss dealt with a lot of online flak on Monday over a tweet she posted about U.S. Olympic skater Mirai Nagasu.

Nagasu impressed the world last night when she became the first American woman to land a triple axel at the Olympic figure skating competition. Weiss acknowledged the feat earlier today when she sent out this now-deleted message:

Hamilton references aside, Nagasu is an American citizen, having been born to Japanese immigrants living in California. As it were, Weiss mixed it up with several online commentators after her tweet drew a lot of hate over what exactly she was trying to insinuate.

Weiss eventually deleted the tweet and lamented how things ended up going in such a negative direction.

Weiss proceeded to tweet links to several articles from news outlets that made a positive note about how immigration factored into Nagasu’s rise to the top of the U.S. Olympic team. She also engaged with those who offered constructive criticism about her tweet.

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