Abby Spudich hoped her apology for the “Carpeteater” April Fools’ issue would make the controversy go away, but that didn’t happen and now she’s resigned as managing editor of the University of Missouri’s Maneater. “I truly did not know that ‘carpet eater’ is a derogatory term used for a lesbian,” Spudich wrote last week. “Had I known, I would never have even considered using it.” She told readers on Tuesday:
I regret deeply the harm I have caused through the publication of the April Fool’s edition; this was never my intention. As an individual, I still plan on engaging with the diversity programs and resources available on campus to continue my own growth as a journalist and as a human being.
The Maneater’s editor-in-chief also resigned Wednesday morning, even though he didn’t coordinate the April Fools’ issue. “This edition of The Maneater has historically been put together by the editorial staff, as a sort of surprise for the editor-in-chief,” Travis Cornejo explains. “I realize I’ve been fairly silent in regards to our April Fool’s issue. …My approach toward this situation has been fundamentally different than what my editorial board wanted and expected of me.”