The largest paper in Iowa has received backlash after it included old, offensive tweets in a profile of a man who raised $1 million for charity.
The Des Moines Register published a piece profiling Carson King, the 24-year-old who became a national sensation after he held up a sign requesting beer money and donated the proceeds — more than $1 million — to a children’s hospital in Iowa.
The Register‘s report included tweets from King, “one comparing black mothers to gorillas and another making light of black people killed in the holocaust.” The tweets date back to 2012, when King was just 16 and a sophomore in high school.
The Register has received harsh criticism for what it called a “routine background check” of social media, encouraging some to blame the outlet for participating in “cancel culture.”
King said he regretted the tweets, but defended the Register.
The hashtag #standwithcarson is currently trending on Twitter and nearly 100,000 people have signed a petition asking the Register to issue an apology to King.