Gay Times Editor Fired After anti-Semitic, Homophobic Tweets Surface

The offensive tweets included hateful comments about Jews, lesbians, Asians, overweight people and the homeless

British policemen prepare to take part in the "Pride London" gay pride parade in London June 30, 2007
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Josh Rivers, the Gay Times' first minority editor, was fired from his position on Thursday after anti-Semitic and other offensive tweets from 2010 and 2015 emerged, The Guardian reported.

Rivers began the position at the U.K.-based Gay Times magazine and website only a month ago. Buzzfeed uncovered the tweets while preparing for an interview with Rivers, which then led to his suspension on Wednesday, and firing on Thursday.

The offensive tweets included hateful comments about Jews, lesbians, Asians, overweight people and the homeless.

Rivers responded to the decision on Twitter on Wednesday, apologizing for his actions, and stating that the tweets reflect a "deep self-loathing" that he has since overcome.

One tweet read, "I wonder if they cast that guy as ‘The Jew’ because of that fucking ridiculously large honker of a nose. It must be prosthetic. Must be.”

Another tweet called a woman "whiny" and added "change your tampon."