A rising star journalist has told how she was canceled by her colleagues and the internet for lambasting BLM for vandalizing synagogues over the summer of 2020.
Eve Barlow had a meteoric career as a music writer, the journalist – who is Scottish, gay and Jewish – was once said to be “magical” by an editor for the quality of her copy.
But Barlow – who was on track to become one of New York magazine’s star writers – says she was shunned after speaking out about BLM vandalism days after the murder of George Floyd.
Remembering the editor who called her abilities “magical,” she wrote for Common Sense with Bari Weiss: “Well, I was. But now that I was a “racist,” none of that was real.
The tweet that saw Barlow was posted four days after Floyd’s murder in Minneapolis on May 31, 2020.
She wrote: “I woke up to see that synagogues in Los Angeles had been tagged during the riots with the words FREE PALESTINE and F*** ISRAEL, and that dua lipa was posting antisemitic messages on her IG feed,” she wrote. she wrote in the tweet in May 2020. “How dare you lead the Jewish nation and community to kill black American lives.”
Eve Barlow is a Los Angeles-based freelance music journalist who has said she has been called “racist” by her own industry
When synagogues in Los Angeles were vandalized, the Jewish journalist had had enough and posted a tweet she says got her canceled: “How dare you?”
Barlow wrote on Common Sense that she wished she could keep quiet for the sake of her career, but she couldn’t keep quiet anymore.
“Me being me, I can never shut up, even if I really want to, and I’m putting my foot in it,” she wrote. “I tweeted, ‘How dare you,’ and all hell broke loose.”
Since then, Barlow has faced a deluge of hate online. Editors have stopped responding to his emails. The staff and fellow writers haven’t followed her on social media.
“I remember giving in to peer pressure to donate every day and post the receipts for those donations (like I was in trouble for something – oh yeah, being ‘white'”), he said. -she writes.
She added, “I was playing,” she wrote. “I was absolutely performing. And I’m not ashamed to admit it. I was so scared. I was still a committed freelance journalist and I knew the impact of remaining silent. Freelance writing is no joke. You can’t pay rent if you offend people.
Congregation at Beth El Synagogue in Los Angeles was vandalized in May 2020 during the protests
Black Lives Matter protesters are pictured in Hollywood on June 7, 2020
“I’ve been decreed a racist by my entire industry,” she wrote for Common Sense. “And I remember talking to this woman and talking to my former editor at GQ, who expressed empathy but said I had a ‘mini yikes’ moment.
“During this time, everyone had a major moment, in my opinion, becoming indoctrinated en masse.”
For a while, Barlow was the music journalist to contend with, but after her tweet she was, as she described it, “toxic molten lava.”
After 12 years in the industry, Barlow said she was “stripped of talent, conveniently divorced from my own intelligence and popularity, and branded as a disgraced member of the community – someone who never should have go as far as me”.
“An outstanding record for over 12 years meant nothing. Everyone hated me or didn’t want people to know otherwise.
But in his Substack article, Barlow told readers that people move on and survive.
‘Know this: you will survive. Its good. In fact, that’s more than okay,” she wrote. “The best relationships and opportunities handle truth. The ones that can’t were never reciprocated. They were never real. They were never honest.
“Be honest,” she offered. ‘You will never regret it. And you will always cross another sunset and discover a new dawn.
The reporter wrote a sub-pile about what happened that led to her cancellation