And just like that, Eva Hoeke, editor of Dutch fashion magazine “Jackie”, has resigned. But not before she offered up this piss-poor explanation for why she allowed a piece calling Rihanna the “ultimate niggabitch” to end up in her (now former) publication:
I realize that my first reaction through Twitter, in which I indicated that it was a joke, has been an incomplete description of what me, and also the author of the article, meant. The term ‘niggabitch’ came from America and we solely used it to describe a style of dress. Because of the enormous pressure through social media I was tempted to promise amendment regarding the language in future issues of Jackie. Apart from that I also offered an rectification. I have now come to the conclusion that rectification is not the right solution. I regret that I have taken a stand too quickly regarding an article in Jackie – which moreover had no racial motive at its basis. Through the course of events, me and the publisher have concluded that because my credibility is now affected, it is better for all parties if I quit my function as editor-in-chief effective immediately. After putting my heart and soul into for Jackie for eight years, I realize that these errors – although not intented maliciously – are enough reason for leaving.
Read the rest of her apology over at Parlour Magazine.