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Daniella Greenbaum resigned from Business Insider after the site unpublished her column arguing it shouldn’t be controversial for actress Scarlett Johansson to play a transgender man in an upcoming movie.

As iMediaEthics previously reported, Business Insider unpublished Greenbaum’s column in support of Johansson’s casting, saying

 “Business Insider removed the column because, upon further review, we decided it did not meet our editorial standards.”

Business Insider also created guidelines for reporting on “culturally sensitive topics.”

This week, in a letter to Business Insider global editor-in-chief Nicholas Carlson that Greenbaum posted on Twitter, Greenbaum wrote “that radical view — that actors should be free to act — is beyond the pale of acceptable opinion as just a few hours after it went up, the piece was erased from the site following a campaign against me.” She added that she has “other views that some might consider ‘controversial’ like that she disagrees with the idea of “safe spaces” and affirmative action, and that she thinks “Hamas — not Israel — is the worst enemy the Palestinian people have” and that she thinks MS13 members are “animals.”

“Unfortunately, what happened with my piece — the tarring of a commonsensical view as somehow bigoted or not thought out, the capitulation on the part of those who are supposed to be the adults to the mob — is a pattern happening all over the country within institutions that pride themselves on open-mindedness and liberalism.”

In response, Business Insider spokesperson Mario Ruiz told iMediaEthics “we wish her the best.”

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Business Insider columnist quits after Scarlett Johansson unpublishing

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