Arabelle Sicardi, Author of Deleted Dove Post, Resigns From BuzzFeed

BuzzFeed beauty editor Arabelle Sicardi, who wrote a post criticizing a Dove soap advertising campaign that was later deleted (and eventually restored) at the request of editor-in-chief Ben Smith, is resigning from the site, according to an internal memo distributed by BuzzFeed Style editor Julie Gerstein. » 4/13/15 10:15pm 4/13/15 10:15pm

How to Tell the Difference Between a Hot Take and a Good Idea

The internet is a reliable source of nothing so much as simultaneous self-aggrandizement and humiliation, and the latest entry in the struggle saga has been generously provided by BuzzFeed. Yesterday, the respected hub for longform journalism drew some withering skepticism from our sibling GMO-shilling chocolate blog,… » 4/10/15 5:30pm 4/10/15 5:30pm

BuzzFeed Deleted Anti-Hasbro Post After Inking Deal With Hasbro

Yesterday we reported BuzzFeed’s decision to delete a staff-written post that criticized a viral advertisement for Dove beauty products. In response, BuzzFeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith released a rather incredible internal memo that instructed the site’s writers not to “advance [their] personal opinion” and… » 4/10/15 4:00pm 4/10/15 4:00pm

No, But Seriously, Dove Soap Is Bad

So yesterday, BuzzFeed's editors, in a super duper blatant breach of the tenets of their Editorial Standards And Ethics Guide, deleted a post in which staff writer Arabelle Sicardi criticized toiletries brand Dove for its sleazy, exploitative advertising. Dove, you see, is owned by Unilever—the multinational… » 4/10/15 2:26pm 4/10/15 2:26pm

BuzzFeed Deletes Post Critical of Dove, a BuzzFeed Advertiser

Wednesday afternoon, BuzzFeed published a post by staff writer Arabelle Sicardi that openly criticized a bizarre advertising campaign by Dove. (A sample passage: “The soap manufacturer wants to tell us how we feel about ourselves. And then fix it for us. With soap.”) Thursday morning, however, BuzzFeed deleted the… » 4/09/15 7:12pm 4/09/15 7:12pm

Man Who Terrorized Brianna Wu For Months Says He Was Just Kiddin Around

"Jace Connors," the man who made several bizarre and threatening videos about game developer Brianna Wu, has revealed to BuzzFeed news that he's actually Jan Rankowski, the member of a "provocative," as BuzzFeed puts it, cult comedy group. And he says — wait for it — that he's now being harassed by Gamergate and… » 2/24/15 11:10am 2/24/15 11:10am

Millennials Try (Sometimes Fail) to Give Future Kids The Sex Talk

You know how you're always saying you could give your kids (who you might not have yet) a better sex talk than the one your parents gave you? Well BuzzFeed put some millennials to the test and the results are...I'm just going to say "they cut your stomach open" is maybe not the best way to describe things. » 1/20/15 8:30pm 1/20/15 8:30pm

Lena Dunham on Rape Backlash: 'I Am Angry But I Am Not Alone'

In a long essay published on BuzzFeed Tuesday night, Lena Dunham discussed the various nasty things that have happened since she revealed in her book Not That Kind of Girl that she was allegedly raped in college. "Since coming out as a survivor," she wrote, "I have gone from an intellectual sense of the ways in which… » 12/10/14 11:50am 12/10/14 11:50am

Taylor Swift And Adolf Hitler Quote Mashup Enrages Internet

Just when you think the Taylor Swift meme has taken on all forms possible and seen its last days (in lieu of such fresh material as Miley Cyrus Twerks On Famous Paintings), you're wrong. Pinterest user Emily Pattinson has been 'shopping quotes from Hitler, Stalin and Bin Laden onto Swift pictures with deceptively… » 8/31/13 12:30pm 8/31/13 12:30pm