At 9 a.m. Thursday, Vulture posted an interview with Noah Galvin, the star of ABC’s The Real O’Neals. Front and center were incendiary remarks about Bryan Singer, Colton Hayes and Eric Stonestreet.
As the day unfolded, portions of the 22-year-old actor’s remarks were picked up by Vanity Fair, Mic, Refinery29, People, The Huffington Post, TheWrap, International Business Times, The Advocate, Slate, Teen Vogue, Perez Hilton, Just Jared, Us Weekly and other outlets, sparking a flood of angry social media reaction.
By the end of the day, there was a heartfelt apology from Galvin, posted on social media and funneled to Vulture by 7:38 p.m.
Gawker’s Jordan Sargent is questioning why Vulture would be willing to scrub clean from the interview the remarks made by Galvin about Singer, but as several readers quickly commented, that decision likely connects to swift action by the filmmaker’s attorney Marty Singer and the perception that a client was defamed. Put another way: this particular strand of the mutant media apocalypse was defeated by the legal equivalent of Magneto.