Die-hard Ariana Grande fans are threatening one critic’s life.
Grindr-owned LGBTQ news site INTO has removed the byline of the author who wrote an op-ed condemning the record-breaking “Thank U, Next” music video after a “high number of death threats” were directed at the writer.
The now-anonymous missive accuses the pint-size pop powerhouse’s video — which has racked up over 115 million views in five days — of being “laden with transmisogyny, anti-queer jokes and blackface.”
INTO Editor-in-Chief Zach Stafford updated the offending article Tuesday with a formal apology.
He also released an official statement saying he was made aware of “concerning allegations made in the past regarding the writer” and had launched an internal investigation.
“No one deserves to be threatened with violence let alone face it for writing an essay on a piece of culture — good or bad, ever,” Stafford writes. “[But] given the seriousness of these allegations … the writer will not be contributing to INTO for the time being.”
Comments on the piece accuse the writer of “reading way too much” into the video, with one commenter saying the article is so “woke” that “it’s gone back around and is actually harmful.”