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BREAKING: RuPaul star Jinkx Monsoon considered pulling out of Gay Times Honours 2017

Jewish RuPaul star, Jinkx Monsoon says she’s caught in a dilemma over her planned appearance at the Gay Times Honours 2017 this Saturday.

It comes after the magazine’s editor, Josh Rivers was suspended earlier this afternoon, following Buzzfeed revelations concerning his past offensive tweets, including some which are being described as anti-semitic.

When Out News Global editor Andy West approached Jinkx, she wasn’t yet fully aware of the situation and said she was preparing for a show and trying to digest it all. She then tweeted: “Just now finding out about the sad business with the (now suspended) editor of – I am to host their Honours event this Saturday.”

She continued: “I believe I will still host, as pulling out would be punishing the wrong people. I don’t believe in punishing those who weren’t involved.”

Meanwhile, Gay Times has confirmed that one person who won’t be attending its awards ceremony on Saturday evening at the National Portrait Gallery is Josh Rivers.

In an email to attendees on Wednesday evening, it said: “Josh has been suspended with immediate effect, and will not be attending the event on Saturday.

“As you know, the Gay Times Honours will celebrate the vast achievements of the LGBTQ community, recognising and reflecting upon those who have helped us in the battle for equality. As such, it’s an evening that is bigger than an individual, bigger than Gay Times.”

In a Buzzfeed interview by LGBT editor, Patrick Strudwick, 31yo British-American Josh Rivers was confronted with tweets dating back to 2010.

In one Rivers wrote about the size of an actor’s nose:

In a further post about Jewish people, he celebrated a line from the edgy hit US show Family Guy:

In other tweets, he ridiculed people he deemed “ugly”, said the creepiest gay men were “short, old asian men with long nails. Fact” and used the terms ‘tranny’ and ‘trannie’ in derogatory posts.

In a tweet this afternoon, Rivers posted an apology, saying: “To every single person who is hurt, offended and disappointed: I’m sorry. The tweets are horrible. They are abhorrent. They are ugly. They are so hateful.”

He continues: “These tweets from my past show a deep self-loathing that I’ve worked hard to overcome. I have long taken steps to address the issues that prevented me from treating people with respect and kindness I value so dearly now.

“I hope we can use this as an opportunity for growth, for healing, for moving forward” He said. “As evidenced by my own example, there is so much work to do.”

The Gay Times has released its own statement this today following the revelations: “Josh Rivers’ past tweets do not align with the values of Gay Times, or any of our employees, in any capacity.

It continued: “Josh has been suspended with immediate ffect while we investigate the facts. Appropriate action will be taken in due course.”

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