Salon apologizes for calling Nicki Minaj's speech 'savage'

Salon on Monday apologized for an errant tweet (since deleted) that called Nicki Minaj's acceptance speech at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards a "savage, expletive-laden rant," responding to criticism from readers who said the tweet was racist.

The bulletin, sent this morning from Salon's main Twitter account, promoted a story summarizing a heated moment at last night's VMA awards, when Minaj called host Miley Cyrus a bitch for remarks she made in the press. "The look on Miley's face during Nicki Minaj's savage, expletive-laden rant says it all," the tweet read:

Salon quickly reversed itself, deleting the original tweet and posting a revised version that called Minaj's rebuttal "raw" and "righteous."

But it was too late.

Salon apologized for the tweet hours later, calling the original version "a poor choice of words."

It's been a bad few days for news organizations on Twitter. On Sunday, The Wall Street Journal apologized for a tweet that inadvertently used a racial slur in association with Chinese President Xi Jinping. On Saturday, The Associated Press described accomplished human rights lawyer Amal Clooney with the modifier "actor's wife."

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    Benjamin Mullin is the managing editor of Poynter.org. He previously reported for Poynter as a staff writer, Google Journalism Fellow and Naughton Fellow, covering journalism innovation, business practices and ethics.

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