We’ve lost count of all of the suspensions and firings that have happened in the wake of the #MeToo movement, so when we read that the Chicago Sun-Times had suspended film critic Richard Roeper indefinitely, naturally we assumed there had been a sexual harassment claim.

But that’s not why Roeper was suspended. Reportedly, he was given the boot for buying fake Twitter followers.


That seems … harsh? The New York Times’ Sopan Deb just had to ask.

On the other hand …

The Sun-Times report on the suspension doesn’t mention if Roeper’s compensation is in any way tied to his Twitter following:

In a statement issued Monday, Sun-Times Editor-in-Chief Chris Fusco said: “We became aware over the weekend of issues relating to Rich Roeper’s Twitter account. We’re investigating these issues. We will not be publishing any reviews or columns by Rich until this investigation is complete.”

The Times did not say how many of Roeper’s 225,290 followers were paid for. Roeper did not respond to requests for comment Monday.

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