Close to 47,000 members of ColorOfChange.org, the nation’s largest online black civil rights organization, have signed a petition calling on Harris Publications to fire XXL Magazine editor Vanessa Satten.
ColorOfChange is calling on Harris Publication to dismiss Satten because a staff member under her supervision published the now infamous Too $hort video that encouraged young boys to “turn girls out” by pushing “her up against the wall.”
“I’d like to address the ongoing controversy surrounding the Too $hort video and try to set the record straight,” XXL Magazine’s Satten wrote in a statement published on XXLmag.com last week. “As soon as I learned about the video, I had it taken down,” Satten went on to say.
But ColorOfChange says that’s not enough.
“Satten has tried to excuse herself by saying that she didn’t see the video before it posted. But she presides over a workplace culture that allowed such a grave misstep, and she has failed to respond appropriately as a chorus of voices calls her on it,” read an e-mail sent to ColorOfChange.org members.
“Please join us in calling on Harris Publications President and CEO Stanley R. Harris to fire Vanessa Satten, XXL’s Editor-in-Chief. We also demand that he explain what he’ll do to make sure his company’s publications stop promoting sexual violence directed at girls and women,” the e-mail asked members.
An earlier petition started by “People against media violence” on thepetitionsite.com has over 2,000 signatures.