MSNBC reverses decision to fire Sam Seder

A small win for sarcasm

"Sometimes you just get one wrong - and that's what happened here", Griffin said in a new statement provided to The Hollywood Reporter. There was context for those tweets.

Seder would explain in an email to Errol Cockfield, MSNBC's senior vice president of communications, that the tweet was a response to reports that Polanski was looking to return to the United States. Cernovich presented the old tweet as an endorsement of rape, leading to widespread outrage among conservatives on social media.

It was reported three days ago that the network chose not to renew Mr. Seder's contract and banned him from future appearances over a now-deleted tweet that pro-President Trump activist and conspiracy theorist Mike Cernovich resurfaced on Twitter last month. He learned his fate was sealed when he was informed on Monday of a forthcoming story by The Wrap, which said that MSNBC would not renew his contract in February.

There are a variety of ways to joke about rape, however - specifically, there are ways to satirize rape jokes in order to call attention to the monstrosity of rape and the defense thereof, rather than mocking survivors.

Chris Hayes, one of the network's star hosts, went public with his anger about MSNBC's treatment of Mr. Seder, though he did not mention Mr. Seder by name.

And he was right.

MSNBC Rehires Contributor Sam Seder: 'Sometimes You Just Get One Wrong'

As for his advice to MSNBC talking heads, Seder appeared on BuzzFeed's "AMtoDM" show to give fair warning... and to slam Cernovich. That led to a wave of criticism from journalists and others.

"We made our initial decision for the right reasons ― because we don't consider rape to be a amusing topic to be joked about", Griffin said. "But we've heard the feedback, and we understand the point Sam was trying to make in that tweet was actually in line with our values, even though the language was not". The network has now admitted as much, and reversed the decision, according to The Intercept.

Nearly immediately following news of Seder's firing, Cernovich "announced he was now rummaging through the old twitter feeds of other liberal personalities, hoping to land them in the unemployment line, too", Grim notes.

On Thursday, Seder shut the GoFundMe campaign down - but the film will still be made.

"The left isn't going to stop going through our tweets", he said, "so we aren't going to stop going through theirs".

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