Fashion website Overview apologized on his Facebook page today for posting an article about how fashion designer Jian Lasala turned away from homosexuality because of his religion.
OverviewLasala’s apology has been posted on their account twice, once as a follow-up caption to the original post featuring Lasala’s story, and another in a separate Facebook post.
The article has since been removed from their website, but he first referred to Lasala’s Facebook post on Monday where he said he was “running away” from being gay because he was. “Pursued” by God who “deserves all of me!” “
Several Internet users mobilized against Overview’s article, saying he smelled of homophobia. One of them pointed out that it was a shame that they had not discussed the dangers of conversion therapy, a very controversial and practice considered dangerous where members of the LGBTQ community undergo religious intervention in an attempt to redress them.
OverviewThe team responded to internet users’ concerns in their apology message.
âWhat was supposed to be a story was shortsighted and does not reflect our true support for the community. We regret it and would like to take this opportunity to enlighten readers on the ongoing discussion by continuing to produce and share stories that will inform and inspire â, Overview wrote.
âAs a publication that has proudly had the privilege of working with many members of the LGBTQIA + community, we would like to give everyone the respect and empowerment that each deserves. Once again, we are deeply and sincerely sorry for this mistake on our part and we will strive to produce stories that inform, enlighten and empower, âhe added.
However, many internet users who responded to their apology post were still upset with the article’s publication. Yves Camingue said the Lasala story was not newsworthy. He also said it was attention seeking and regression.
Matthew Pirante Perez said it was impossible for the editors of the website not to understand the implications of the publication of Lasala’s article.
Carlo Guison encouraged LGBTQ + staff at the website to quit.
Writer and professor Danton Remoto said he remembered the print edition of Overview like a fun and smart magazine. “I don’t know what happened with this new slew of so-called editors,” he wrote scathingly.
Previews the print magazine was discontinued in April 2018.
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