“Shelley Garland” — Not a real person
Not surprisingly, the recent HuffPo South Africa editorial calling for white men to be denied the vote was pulled, Milo Yiannopoulos reports, apparently because HuffPo finally figured out that Google turned up no such person and the alleged photo of “Shelley Garland” didn’t look like a real human being at all.
The Huffington Post has retracted a column suggesting white men should not be allowed to vote, claiming the pieceâ€™s author â€œappears not to exist.â€
…[T]he original article (archived here), titled â€œCould It Be Time To Deny White Men The Franchise?â€ was credited to a HuffPo contributor by the name of Shelley Garland.
Garlandâ€™s profile â€“ which has since been deleted â€“ described her as an â€œactivist and feministâ€ who is â€œworking on ways to smash the patriarchy.â€
Her article suggested denying â€œtoxic white malesâ€ the right to vote for 20 to 30 years as a means of â€œseeing a decline in the influence of reactionary and neo-liberal ideology in the world.â€
Describing the article as â€œextremely sexist and racist,â€ Breitbartâ€™s Oliver JJ Lane states that it quickly received backlash from several people. …
Huffington Post SA [South Africa] has removed the blog â€˜Could It Be Time To Deny White Men The Franchise?â€™ published on our site on April 13, 2017,â€ it reads.
â€œWe have done this because the blog submission from an individual who called herself Shelley Garland, who claimed to be an MA student at UCT, cannot be traced and appears not to exist.â€
The statement goes on to declare that the Huffington Post has now â€œstrengthenedâ€ its standards related to identification.
HuffPo goes on to state that it will be submitting the problematic article to an ombudsman for analysis of its opinion.
The statement also includes an excerpt from the South Africa Press Code decrying the use of â€œdiscrimination and hate speech,â€ although the Huffington Postâ€™s statement does not explicitly describe the problematic article as such.
â€œWe apologise [sic] for the oversight,â€ the statement concludes. â€œWe welcome further discussion. Please email email@example.com.â€
This retraction comes following Huffington Post South Africaâ€™s Editor In Chief Verashni Pillay actually defended the articleâ€™s place on the site.
Pillay stated, â€œwe hope, as reads continue to rack up on this blog, that those who are tempted to fire off an angry email to us would first engage with the underlying analysis in Garlandâ€™s blog.â€
Pillay also declared that â€œGarlandâ€™s underlying analysis about the uneven distribution of wealth and power in the world is pretty standard for feminist theory.â€
Despite SA HuffPo’s Editor-in-Chief’s agreement with the editorial’s thesis, my own guess is that the editorial was written by some Alt-Right troll to pull HuffPo’s chain.