Rolling Stone has pulled the cover story from its website for its “Women in History” series, after an online petition calling for a retraction and for the magazine to apologize for publishing the story about former Pioneer Woman author Margaret Atwood.
The cover story, which appeared in the fall issue of the magazine, has been edited by the magazine’s editors and will be available online as of Saturday.
In a statement, the magazine said the decision was made after the petition received more than 7,000 signatures.
“We acknowledge that we have not been able to satisfy our desire to publish the story without further review, but we believe that this is a necessary step in the right direction,” the statement read.
The petition was started on the website by Anita Sarkeesian, a game developer and outspoken critic of the video game industry, who is a professor at the University of Southern California. “
This decision was not taken lightly, and it reflects our firm commitment to accuracy and truth in journalism.”
The petition was started on the website by Anita Sarkeesian, a game developer and outspoken critic of the video game industry, who is a professor at the University of Southern California.
It has more than 30,000 supporters.
Sarkeesians petition also called for an apology and for Atwood’s book to be retracted.
Rolling Stone said the cover will remain up online until the petition is met with the signatures it has.
The publisher also announced it is revising the cover article for the 2018 issue.