New Republic pulls "offensive" op-ed on Buttigieg

Mayor Pete Buttigieg speaks at the 25th Essence Festival at Ernest N. Morial Convention Center on July 07.
Democratic Presidential candidate and Southbend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg. Photo:Josh Brasted/FilmMagic

The New Republic pulled down an article on Saturday that criticized Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg — which its editor-in-chief Win McCormack described as "inappropriate and offensive."

Details: The article by openly gay literary critic Dale Peck described Buttigieg as "the gay equivalent of Uncle Tom" and referred to the South Bend, Indiana, mayor as "Mary Pete" throughout, per NBC News, which notes there was a swift backlash to Friday's piece on social media.

Nicki Minaj cancels performance in Saudi Arabia

Rapper Nicki Minaj performing
Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for TNT

Rapper Nicki Minaj on Tuesday canceled her performance in Saudi Arabia, citing her "support for the rights of women, the LGBTQ community and freedom of expression," CNN reports.

The big picture: The hip-hop artist was scheduled to headline act at the Jeddah World Fest on July 18, as the "ultraconservative kingdom" works to shake off its reputation for strict regulations on entertainment, per AP.