‘Babylon Bee’ Becomes Social Media Hornet’s Nest

‘Babylon Bee’ Becomes Social Media Hornet’s Nest

Something’s abuzz over at conservative satire site The Babylon Bee and the folks in charge aren’t afraid of airing the dirty laundry on social media. Problems in the executive suite? Why confine them to an HR office when you can fire a vice president in a Twitter thread?

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It all started late last week when Bee vice president of marketing Gavin Mario Wax, who Cracked learned has a very strong retweet game, took issue with Christina Pushaw, the rapid response director for the Ron DeSantis campaign. Pushaw apparently liked social media posts accusing Wax of fraudulent activity, and Wax pushed back. 

Babylon Bee CEO Seth Dillon then used Twitter replies to express his displeasure and fire Wax, asking him to make some immediate edits to his LinkedIn. 

Wax spent the weekend claiming that he was fired for supporting Donald Trump over Ron DeSantis, who has made several payments to The Babylon Bee since 2022  for “advertising” and other “email services,”  according to The Hill and Florida campaign finance records. Trump himself had a field day with the DeSantis/Bee connection back in March, citing it as proof that the Florida governor was going to announce his Presidential candidacy. “Why is Ron DeSanctimonious paying The Babylon Bee, a non-entity, $5,000 a month, so far $21,500, if he’s not running for President?” Trump blasted on Truth Social. “You don’t spend that much money on The Babylon Bee if you’re running for Governor, in fact, you don’t spend money on The Babylon Bee if you’re running for anything!”

Some Dillon supporters say Wax was fired for his use of profanity on social media (though there are plenty of instances of Dillon doing the same). Dillon isn’t saying much, other than canning Wax had nothing to do with his lack of support for DeSantis.

An online culture brawl erupted between Trump and DeSantis supporters, with each side choosing either Wax or Dillon as its champion.

All of this talk about conservative cancel culture might make a great comedy story for The Babylon Bee if it weren’t all true. Wax, for one, isn’t letting the controversy bring him down.

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