Dr. Danielle N. Lee is an animal behavior and ecology post-doc biologist, a hip-hop maven, and a contributing blogger for Scientific American. As stated on Scientific American’s website, Lee’s section, “The Urban Scientist,” focuses on “urban ecology, evolutionary biology & diversity in the sciences.” Recently, Lee was approached by a Biology Online blog editor, whose name is known as “Ofek,” to the guest blog for the scientific site he works for. After Lee asked about compensation and how many posts she would have to contribute, Ofek replied that Biology Online doesn’t pay any of its bloggers, but Lee would profit from 1.6 million viewers they receive. After Lee politely declined the offer, Ofek replied with this: “Because we don’t pay for blog entries? Are you an urban scientist or an urban whore?”

Um, exqueeze me? Being that the statement was both racist and sexist, Ofek has the nerve to completely demean Lee’s work, and her entity. In response to his response, Lee graciously asked Ofek, “Did YOU JUST CALL ME A WHORE?” To be honest, I would’ve said the same thing plus a cuss or two. 

 


Because Lee was outraged, she screen-capped each email and expressed her anger in a post on “The Urban Scientist” this past Friday. Lee also took to YouTube to deliver a near 4-minute eloquent response. “For far too long the presumption has been that if you’re a woman, or a person of color, or from a lower socio-economic status, that folks think they can get you, your talent, your expertise, and your energy for free. That’s not available,” says Lee. Check out her response below:

 

 

Scientific American, however, immediately took down the post without even telling Lee, and the editor-in-chief of the magazine, Mariette DiChristina, tweeted this:

 

 

Lee told BuzzFeed that she was hurt by the tweet, and people started offering their support on Twitter with the hashtag #standingwithDNLee. In turn, DiChristina wrote a blog post on Scientific American’s site on Sunday explaining that the editors could not verify the facts in Lee’s post and had to remove the post for legal reasons. “Although we regret that this was necessary, a publisher must be able to protect its interests and Scientific American bloggers are informed that we may remove their blog posts at any time when they agree to blog for us,” says DiChristina.

Today, Lee’s post has been fully restored to “The Urban Scientist," with an editor’s note atop. Ofek, or whatever his name may be, has since been fired as well. Maybe if this so-called editor wasn’t a total Jabroni, he could’ve avoided an Internet meltdown.

 

Thanks to Slate, BuzzFeed, The Urban Scientist, and Scientific American

Images via Gurl.com and Scientific American

Dr. Danielle N. Lee is an animal behavior and ecology post-doc biologist, a hip-hop maven, and a contributing blogger for Scientific American. As stated on Scientific American’s website, Lee’s section, “The Urban Scientist,” focuses on “urban ecology, evolutionary biology & diversity in the sciences.” Recently, Lee was approached by a Biology Online blog editor, whose name is known as “Ofek,” to the guest blog for the scientific site he works for. After Lee asked about compensation and how many posts she would have to contribute, Ofek replied that Biology Online doesn’t pay any of its bloggers, but Lee would profit from 1.6 million viewers they receive. After Lee politely declined the offer, Ofek replied with this: “Because we don’t pay for blog entries? Are you an urban scientist or an urban whore?”

Um, exqueeze me? Being that the statement was both racist and sexist, Ofek has the nerve to completely demean Lee’s work, and her entity. In response to his response, Lee graciously asked Ofek, “Did YOU JUST CALL ME A WHORE?” To be honest, I would’ve said the same thing plus a cuss or two. 

 


Because Lee was outraged, she screen-capped each email and expressed her anger in a post on “The Urban Scientist” this past Friday. Lee also took to YouTube to deliver a near 4-minute eloquent response. “For far too long the presumption has been that if you’re a woman, or a person of color, or from a lower socio-economic status, that folks think they can get you, your talent, your expertise, and your energy for free. That’s not available,” says Lee. Check out her response below:

 

 

Scientific American, however, immediately took down the post without even telling Lee, and the editor-in-chief of the magazine, Mariette DiChristina, tweeted this:

 

 

Lee told BuzzFeed that she was hurt by the tweet, and people started offering their support on Twitter with the hashtag #standingwithDNLee. In turn, DiChristina wrote a blog post on Scientific American’s site on Sunday explaining that the editors could not verify the facts in Lee’s post and had to remove the post for legal reasons. “Although we regret that this was necessary, a publisher must be able to protect its interests and Scientific American bloggers are informed that we may remove their blog posts at any time when they agree to blog for us,” says DiChristina.

Today, Lee’s post has been fully restored to “The Urban Scientist," with an editor’s note atop. Ofek, or whatever his name may be, has since been fired as well. Maybe if this so-called editor wasn’t a total Jabroni, he could’ve avoided an Internet meltdown.

 

Thanks to Slate, BuzzFeed, The Urban Scientist, and Scientific American

Images via Gurl.com and Scientific American

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