Popular magazine claims Otto Warmbier deserved what he got in N. Korea

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Affinity magazine took an unpopular stance via Twitter Tuesday, claiming the student who died after being held captive in North Korea is remembered positively because of his “whiteness” and that he failed to obey North Korea’s laws.

The comments follow from a Washington Post article on Otto Warmbier, the 22-year-old University of Virginia student who was incarcerated and sentenced to 15 years hard labor while visiting North Korea for stealing a poster.

After North Korea released a nearly-dead Warmbier to the United States this week, the Post’s Josh Rogin interviewed his college roommate for details on his life and his travels in the far east. The roommate’s main takeaway was that Warmbier was “an innocent kid tortured by an evil regime.”

Apparently Affinity magazine didn’t agree with the Post’s takeaway, deciding to attempt to justify the actions of the North Korean regime and make the story about race.

They didn’t have many people agreeing with them.

After much criticism, Affinity deleted their original Tweet but continued to stick to their guns.

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