Just hours after The New Republic posted a bizarre, acerbic, and definitely not satirical essay by gay novelist and critic Dale Peck about 2020 presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, who is also gay, the magazine pulled down the piece and posted a short Editor’s Note in its place.
Almost immediately after the essay’s publication, criticism began pouring in on social media, decrying its vicious and petty tone. One example: throughout the piece, Peck routinely belittled Buttigieg by referring to him as “Mary Pete.”
TNR’s response to my request for comment: “The New Republic recognizes that this post crossed a line, and while it was largely intended as satire, it was inappropriate and invasive,” Chris Lehmann says https://t.co/ExXYUNe1SU
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) July 12, 2019
What in the fuck is wrong with the person who wrote this, does the New Republic not have editors anymore? Mary Pete? Breitbart wouldn’t even run this. Not linking. pic.twitter.com/3M0ymKbKMH
— Tim Miller (@Timodc) July 12, 2019
Holy crap, that TNR piece about Buttigieg is… rambling, gross, and bizarre. I don’t understand the purpose of it?
— Parker Molloy (@ParkerMolloy) July 12, 2019
So I took your all’s advice and made my view on Mary Pete public. I guess I’m not going to get a cabinet position now. Or an NEA grant. Or be honored at the Carnegie Center and get to have my Aretha moment where I drop… https://t.co/TvyHretVvm
— Dale (@dalepeck) July 12, 2019
I’m imagining the (justified) tusnami that would engulf a conservative publication that called him “Mary Pete” and wrote this kind of dime-store psychoanalysis of how his sexual impulses would affect his conduct in office. https://t.co/r3bk6af3uc
— Dan McLaughlin (@baseballcrank) July 12, 2019
The New Republic, once a home for thoughtful essays & reporting on liberal politics, now publishes an essay that hinges around this line, which acknowledges it’s looking for an equivalent to “Uncle Tom”: “Mary Pete and I are just not the same kind of gay.”https://t.co/1R4FoRSrV5
— Edward-Isaac Dovere (@IsaacDovere) July 12, 2019
I get satire and appreciate pithy, but this @newrepublic shock piece by Dale Peck on Pete Buttigieg where one gay man tears down another with (among other things) a “Mary Pete” moniker is just pathetic.
To add insult to injury, it’s just terrible writing so I won’t link to it. pic.twitter.com/VLAJDdllvt
— Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) July 12, 2019