Mark Duffy aka Mark Copyranter was fired from BuzzFeed for not being “BuzzFeed-y Enough,” he announced in a Facebook post this morning.
Mr. Duffy, who spent 20 years as a copywriter, took his much-loved blog over to BuzzFeed in April 2012.
Mr. Duffy wrote:
I got fired at BuzzFeed this week, because my content wasn’t inline with what BuzzFeed wanted (wasn’t “BuzzFeedy” enough).
I got three more weeks working there as a buffer, but I’m already freelancing.
I am looking for a full-time gig. I’ve got a built-in substantial following, especially on Twitter (https://twitter.com/copyranter). And, I will work my ass for you.
Reference from my boss, Ben Smith, is available upon request.
But earlier this fall, Mr. Duffy wrote a very BuzzFeed-y listicle poking fun at his situation, where he posted 23 photos and gifs showing what it’s like being the oldest employee at the site.
I am old enough to be the father of nearly every other editorial employee.
And, these whiz-kids completely baffle me, daily.
I am in a constant state of bafflement at BF HQ.
IN fact, I’ve never been more confused, day-in and day-out, in my life.
I am not being hyperbolic, for once.
“Unless you’re offering a full-time job, I have nothing to say to you,” Mr. Duffy wrote to us when we reached out for comment.
[Correction 11:54 am]: An earlier version of this post said that Mr. Duffy wrote his BuzzFeed post about being the oldest BuzzFeed employee today. Actually, he wrote it last month.