A columnist for Business Insider has abruptly resigned less than a week after the top editor at the website censored a column she wrote about the controversy surrounding Scarlett Johansson depicting a transgender man in her next film. Johansson came under fire from LGBT activists who accused her of “[taking] work away from a trans actor” by agreeing to play the role.
Daniella Greenbaum wrote a column that Business Insider published on July 6 titled “Scarlett Johansson is being unfairly criticized for doing her job after being cast as a transgender man.” In the column, Greenbaum argued Johansson was being attacked merely for doing the job of an actor. “Scarlett Johansson is the latest target of the social-justice warrior mob,” Greenbaum wrote in the piece. “The actress is being chastised for, well, acting.”
The full text of the column was apparently taken down from the site within hours of its publication, CNN reported, but it can still be read in its entirety at the Internet Archive. As CNN pointed out, the article was not only removed, but it prompted Business Insider’s global editor in chief, Nicholas Carlson, explain that Greenbaum’s column “did not meet our editorial standards.” He also issued new guidelines for culturally “sensitive columns, analysis, and opinion pieces.