Cenk Uygur, the founder and host of progressive online news network The Young Turks, learned a valuable lesson that many others have learned before him: The Internet is forever.
For example, in 2000, Uygur blogged that “the genes of women are flawed” because they “do not want to have sex nearly as often as needed for the human race to get along peaceably and fruitfully.” Another blogpost said “there must be orgasm by the fifth date” and “sex by the second month of dating” or else he wouldn’t continue dating someone.
Now, Uygur is apologizing for that and other offensive blogposts after entertainment site The Wrap found the old blogposts and then asked Uygur to comment.
Uygur called the blogposts “ugly,” noted that he deleted them many years ago and that he didn’t “stand by them” because they were “really insensitive and ignorant.” He claimed he was a conservative then and was trying to be “politically incorrect and edgy.”
“If you read that today, what I wrote 18 years ago, and you’re offended by it, you’re 100 percent right. And anyone who is subjected to that material, I apologize to. And I deeply regret having written that stuff when I was a different guy,” Uygur told The Wrap.
iMediaEthics has written to the Young Turks to ask for the exact dates when the posts were deleted.