Readers would be forgiven for hoping that “Freelance” “journalist” Lara Witt would have learned her lesson. After Witt’s claims that “white people are evil” and her regrettable comments about Jewish terror victims, Elaine Welteroth, the editor of Teen Vogue publicly distanced herself. Normal people, confronted with their highest profile client backing off, would reconsider their behaviour. Witt however has decided to maximise her unemployability by publishing a calendar on Twitter espousing the murder of police officers (archive), Donald Trump and even feminists whose views she disagrees with.
A word here about Twitter rules –
Doubtless Ms Witt would claim it was just a jokey, tongue in cheek call for followers to “stab”, “poison” and “kill” serving police officers. To my mind, that is no defence. Normalising, promoting and trivialising violence against police officers, who face a real risk of stabbing and shooting on a daily basis just while doing their jobs, is unacceptable.
Bizarrely, Witt does not even limit the murder call to (for example) white police officers or corrupt police officers. She apparently includes non-Caucasian, female police officers in the broad category of “cops”. Other people Witt speaks of supporters being called to “stab”, “kill” or “poison” include the President of the United States Donald Trump.
Another category of people Witt targets is, “TERFS”. TERFS is an acronym referring to feminists who do not share all of the currently fashionable leftist views. The Wrong Kind of Feminist. What is a TERF? The word is a slur referring to “Trans-Exclusionary Radical Feminist”. These women have committed the grievous offence of espousing the view that individuals possessed of a penis, but not a vagina or uterus, are not in fact women but men.
The context of the TERF slur is that some trans-activists sought to be recognised as women whilst possessing male reproductive organs. As “women” they sought not only to participate in, but to lead “feminism” and to alter or end traditional feminist activities and ideological positions, such as performances of the “vagina monologues” and prioritising advocacy for women’s reproductive autonomy. The basis for this is that, “not all women have a vagina”. Furthermore, “feminists” who continue to base their ideology on the common interests of people born with vaginas are slurred and excluded as “TERFS”.
Readers may wish to politely draw this to the attention of Twitter and to Ms Witt’s one remaining publisher, Wear Your Voice Magazine. I imagine that were Twitter to ignore this post, charities for (as an example) families of murdered police officers might express strident views on such inaction. Ms Witt still uses PayPal, which has policies against supporting extremist views.
The editor of “Wear Your Voice Mag” is Ravneet Vohra (firstname.lastname@example.org). Twitter contacts that may assist include the legal team email@example.com, General Counsel Vijaya Gadde (firstname.lastname@example.org) and of course CEO email@example.com.
Readers’ polite emails and tweets have already helped publications to understand the hurtful and unacceptable nature of Ms Witt’s views. Let us help Twitter to understand too.
Readers have also been in contact with PayPal to complain of apparent breaches of their terms at firstname.lastname@example.org. PayPal prohibits the promotion of hateful content. Lara Witt advertises her PayPal as paypal.me/larawitt and her email as LaraWitt@gmail.com.