Praise on a podcast has led to criticism of Bill Simmons from employees members for his range hiring practices at The Ringer.
During an episode of The Bill Simmons Podcast titled “A Truly Sad Week in America,” Simmons was praised by co-host Ryen Russillo for “the jobs and the opportunities” he has given to a “diverse group.”
Due to the shortage of precise range at The Ringer, Russillo’s reward of Simmons was mocked and left employees members incredulous. It was additionally deemed “preposterous” in The New York Daily News.
According to the Ringer Union, which is affiliated with the Writers Guild of America, East and represents about 65 workers, none of the editors at the publication are Black and there aren’t any full-time Black writers masking the NBA and the NFL, leagues which are predominantly full of African-American gamers.
The union says it’s working to appropriate these points and has pledged to carry The Ringer accountable to the assertion the outlet launched in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter motion.
Last week, our firm launched an announcement in solidarity with Black Lives Matter. We’re working to verify administration lives as much as these values in actual methods. https://t.co/zIc71yUa9P
— Ringer Union (@RingerUnion) June 9, 2020
Of The Ringer’s 90 workers, there are solely six Black editorial employees members, in line with the union. Three of them are writers and a fourth Black author has been employed to cowl the NFL beginning in July.Read the full story at The New York Times
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