‘Essence’ ‘Shifts’ White Managing Editor Over Right-Wing Posts; Other ‘Black’ Magazines With White Editors
A controversial addition to the Essence magazine team has been fired after putting a series of right-wing posts on his Facebook page.
Michael Bullerdick has been removed as the managing editor for the publication after less than a year in the position.
News broke last summer that the black women’s mag hired Bullerdick, a middle-aged white man, to take on a high editorial position.
A public profile on his Linkedin page stated that he “edited stories for tone and style” for the mag although, Essence’s Editor-In-Chief Constance C. R. White insisted that he did not work in the editorial department.
“Michael is responsible for production and operational work flow. He has no involvement in editorial content,” she said amid a series of raised eyebrows.
Now Bullerdick’s been “shifted” out of his position, presumably because of an email received by the news site Journal-Isms.com.
Journal-Isms posted an email last week that a reader sent them about Bullerdick’s Facebook page.
A screen shot of his Facebook activity on the social network was also sent in that showed several right-wing posts, including one blasting the Rev. Al Sharpton as a “Race Pimp.”
“Essence readers would be shocked to find that Bullerdick, who under the prodding of Time Inc. became the first white male editor at the magazine last year, openly espouses extremist Right-wing views that run counter to what Essence has historically stood for,” the angry email read.”
Since this revelation, White has been doing damage control, first writing through a spokeswoman that Bullerdick has no role in the editorial department.
“As editor-in-chief, I’m responsible for all editorial content for Essence. I hired Michael to manage the production schedule of Essence. As head of production, he does not attend editorial idea meetings, nor does he get involved in the editorial direction of the magazine,” she said.
She later changed her tune however and said, “By mutual agreement, Michael has accepted a position in another division.”
Bullerdick had previously written on his LinkedIn page that he “edited stories for style and tone” for the mag despite White’s claims.
Although Journal-Isms’ mystery email sender made a valid point by pointing out Bullerdick’s transgressions, one statement in their email was actually untrue.
Bullerdick was not the pub’s first white editor; he was the second.
In 2010, Essence was lambasted for hiring Ellianna Placas, a white woman of Australian descent, to be their new fashion editor.