BuzzFeed’s Copyranter Fired For Not Being ‘BuzzFeed-y Enough’

Mark 'Copyranter' Duffy
Mark Duffy’s official corporate BuzzFeed photo ID.

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 ( 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. 

BuzzFeed’s Copyranter Fired For Not Being ‘BuzzFeed-y Enough’