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Saturday, February 23, 2019

New York Times writer deletes controversial Mirai Nagasu tweet after backlash

Mirai Nagasu

New York Times writer Bari Weiss is backtracking after stirring up a firestorm with an ill-advised tweet about American figure skater Mirai Nagasu.

Nagasu stole the show at the PyeongChang Games by pulling off an ultra-rare triple axel in the women’s team free skate (and helping the U.S. team to a bronze-medal finish with her efforts). In reaction, the op-ed writer Weiss posted a tweet on Monday that read, “Immigrants: they get the job done.”

The problem? While Nagasu’s parents are both Japanese immigrants, she herself was born in Montebello, Calif. and raised in nearby Arcadia.

After receiving considerable backlash for the ignorant remark, Weiss claimed that she was simply referencing the smash hit musical “Hamilton” before announcing that she was deleting the tweet because of the response.

While Weiss’ tweet and subsequent justifications were a shame, they definitely will not be able to take away from the magnificence of Nagasu’s performance.

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