Editor of The Walrus magazine resigns
TORONTO - The editor-inchief of a Canadian magazine has stepped down, amid a contentious conversation about cultural appropriation in Canadian media and literature.
A representative from The Walrus says Jonathan Kay resigned on Saturday evening. On Friday, Kay wrote an opinion piece in the National Post defending the right to debate cultural appropriation, when somebody takes an image or experience from a marginalized culture without permission, and claims it as their own.
His piece was in response to backlash faced by Hal Niedzviecki, who resigned as editor of Write magazine and apologized for his article in the Writers’ Union of Canada publication, after drawing ire for appearing to endorse the unauthorized use of indigenous knowledge and traditions.
After Niedzviecki resigned, a number of prominent figures in Canadian media pledged money to an appropriation prize.