NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Friday, October 30, 2015, 10:52 AM
Billboard magazine endured a chorus of boos after hitting the lowest of notes.
The music trade was blasted Friday morning for “sexualizing” little North West in a tasteless tweet that was later deleted.
A staff member tweeted a photo of Kim Kardashian holding her lollipop-licking 2-year-old daughter, captioned, “The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree…”
Almost immediately, an angry social-media mob descended upon the magazine for its “reprehensible,” “vile” and “savage” allusion to a toddler performing a sexual act, perhaps in reference to Kardashian’s infamous Ray-J sex tape.
In fact, the tweet linked to a relatively innocuous Billboard story about an incident earlier in the week in which West shut down paparazzi with the firm declaration, “I said no pictures!”
“Tell me why the f— you sexualize a toddler?” wrote user @chrisakil in response to the tweet. “Must have a lot of sick a– pedophiles over at @billboard. Disgusting.”
“Why didn’t billboard just photoshop north west’s face in one of her Kim/ray j sex photos,” added @_yungkoala.
Twitter users rallied for an apology for the tweet, which was deleted about two hours later, and the offending staff member’s resignation.
Reps from the magazine have not yet responded to the Daily News’ request for comment.