We’re not happy with the double-standard, to be sure, but despite what Sarah Jeong wrote in those old, racist tweets, we don’t want to see her fired because of a mob. The whole thing just makes it perfectly clear who The New York Times considers a good addition to the team, and as the paper explained in a statement, Sarah “regrets” making all those racist posts and won’t do it again. The Times is gonna Times.
You can find out about Benny Johnson’s mistakes at his Wikipedia page, but for now just know that he eventually landed at The Daily Caller. And on Thursday, he happened to dig up one of Jeong’s old tweets aimed at him.
Lots of talented people never "make mistakes" and they still have trouble finding jobs. Fuck Benny Johnson's "redemption"
— sarah jeong (@sarahjeong) September 6, 2014
OK, is she as angry and jealous as she sounds in that tweet, or is that just her “imitating the rhetoric of her harassers”? Satire maybe?
In any case, Johnson unearthed that tweet and his response was pretty classy if you ask us:
Sarah, I'm glad you got your "redemption" in real time & did not have to go through what I did.
It sucks to have your dumb mistakes made public and to suffer from them.
Be forever grateful for those who give you a shot at "redemption" and refuse to listen to the mob. https://t.co/1nsWiXJZNV
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) August 2, 2018
Solid advice. It looks like the Times was willing to overlook her mistakes and give her a high-profile gig. We’re certain the whole experience has changed her inside.
Narrator: “She wasn’t grateful.”
— Absolutely Halal? (@ChristoChammas) August 2, 2018
Redemption implies you think you did something wrong. I’ve seen no indication that she thinks she did anything wrong. Only a statement from @nytimes blaming others and basically saying she won’t do that with them. Heck, this probably helped her get the gig.
— Diatribical Idiot (@lib_antidote) August 2, 2018
Benny, does she regret saying those incredibly hateful things, or getting called out for saying them? Redemption is for those who feel remorse for their mistakes, not for those who got away with bad behavior.
— Vagabond Soul (@AVagabondSoul) August 2, 2018
Redemption? She didn’t apologize & blames the people she attacked.
— Sean (@Seanmj55) August 2, 2018
@sarahjeong – evidently civility doesn't see your address on Google Maps. Your vulgar dialog doesn't make you a working class hero. It's merely a thumbnail into your mind – vile and without any restraints from spewing your brand of hatred. Or is this shtick to garner a following?
— Michael Leath (@Michael28633207) August 2, 2018
Magnanimous of you to say. Cheers. ☺️
— Mary McConnell (@marymcconnell77) August 2, 2018
Jeong’s old tweet is racking up some new comments as well:
You didn’t make mistakes. You have been completely consistent in your positions until now that you’ve been exposed for who you truly are.
— AMFC (@dontdieangry) August 2, 2018
Benny Johnson was pretty magnanimous in responding to you today, @sarahjeong – it might behoove you to be gracious, and extend a thank you.
— White Chocolate (@rhodeislander) August 2, 2018
Yeah, we don’t see that happening.
PREACH! Kevin Williamson weighs in on Sarah Jeong, and 'he's 100% CORRECT' https://t.co/erEkYXfbqO
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) August 2, 2018