- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 22, 2019

A Los Angeles production studio manager and journalist is out of a job over a pair of tweets that wished death on the Covington Catholic High School students who were involved in a media firestorm over the weekend.

Erik Abriss, a post-production supervisor at INE Entertainment and a pop culture contributing writer at Vulture magazine, wrote Saturday, “I don’t know what it says about me but I’ve truly lost the ability to articulate the hysterical rage, nausea, and heartache this makes me feel. I just want these people to die. Simple as that. Every single one of them. And their parents,” according to The Wrap.

Mr. Abriss was reacting to a viral edited video that showed several students from the Covington school in Kentucky, many of whom were wearing “Make America Great Again” hats, during an encounter with a Native American elder at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington. The video created the media narrative that the students were taunting the man, but hours of footage that later surfaced showed the contrary, leading to dozens of retractions and apologies by media members and celebrities.

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In another tweet reacting to the initial video, Mr. Abriss wrote, “Racism is in its Boomer death throes. It will die out with this younger generation!’ Look at the shit-eating grins on all those young white slugs’ faces. Just perverse pleasure at wielding a false dominion they’ve been taught their whole life was their divine right. F–ing die,” The Wrap reported.

INE Entertainment called Mr. Abriss‘ comments “offensive” in a statement announcing his firing Monday.

“We were surprised and upset to see the inflammatory and offensive rhetoric used on Erik Abriss‘ Twitter account this weekend. He worked with the company in our post-production department and never as a writer,” the company said.

“While we appreciated his work, it is clear that he is no longer aligned with our company’s core values of respect and tolerance. Therefore, as of January 21, 2019, we have severed ties with Abriss,” the company said.

Vulture declined to comment to The Wrap.

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