Teen Vogue's new editor out of a job after backlash over old tweets

Originally Published: 18 MAR 21 14:06 ET

Updated: 20 MAR 21 11:50 ET

By Kerry Flynn, NCS Business

    (NCS) — Alexi McCammond is out as editor-in-chief of Teen Vogue even earlier than formally beginning, she and the journal’s proprietor introduced Thursday. The announcement of her appointment to the job had sparked outrage from the publication’s staffers and readers in addition to some celebrities as a result of of anti-Asian and homophobic tweets she posted a decade in the past.

“I became a journalist to help lift up the stories and voices of our most vulnerable communities. As a young woman of color, that’s part of the reason I was so excited to lead the Teen Vogue team in their next chapter,” McCammond tweeted. “My past tweets have overshadowed the work I’ve done to highlight the people and issues that I care about — issues that Teen Vogue has worked tirelessly to share with the world — and so Condé Nast and I have decided to part ways.”

“I should not have tweeted what I did and I have taken full responsibility for that. I look at my work and growth in the years since, and have redoubled my commitment to growing in the years to come as both a person and as a professional,” McCammond continued.

The Daily Beast first reported the information of her exit.

Condé Nast, which owns Teen Vogue, The New Yorker, and different in style journal titles, was conscious of McCammond’s tweets previous to her hiring, the corporate’s Chief People Officer, Stan Duncan, revealed in an e mail to employees on Thursday asserting the information. He wrote that McCammond was “straightforward and transparent about these posts during our interview process and through public apologies years ago.”

McCammond’s racist tweets, by which she mocked the looks of Asian individuals and perpetuated stereotypes about them, had beforehand surfaced in 2019 when she was working at Axios. She apologized for them on the time.

“Given her previous acknowledgement of these posts and her sincere apologies, in addition to her remarkable work in journalism elevating the voices of marginalized communities, we were looking forward to welcoming her into our community,” Duncan’s e mail reads. “In addition, we were hopeful that Alexi would become part of our team to provide perspective and insight that is underrepresented throughout media.”

But McCammond’s tweets resurfaced after Condé Nast introduced her hiring on March 5, they usually instantly prompted backlash. The weekend after the information broke, Diana Tsui, editorial director of suggestions at The Infatuation, posted on Instagram a series of text-based photos calling consideration to the McCammond’s old tweets and stated she was a “questionable hire.” It was recirculated by Diet Prada, an Instagram account with 2.5 million followers that shares gossip and drama in regards to the trend trade.

A gaggle of greater than 20 Teen Vogue staffers sent a letter to management on March 8 expressing issues over McCammond’s hiring. Staffers publicly shared statements on Twitter in regards to the letter. Actress Olivia Munn, who has been talking out towards the current wave of anti-Asian assaults across the nation, tweeted her assist for Teen Vogue’s staffers.

McCammond, who was not presupposed to formally begin within the function till March 24, launched an apology to Teen Vogue staffers that very same day. She wrote, “There’s no excuse for language like that” and that she was “committed to amplifying AAPI voices across our platforms, and building upon the groundbreaking, inclusive work this title is known for the worldover,” utilizing the acronym for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

McCammond apologized once more on March 10, with a lengthier note that reaffirmed her dedication to the AAPI neighborhood. She additionally shared that she spoke with the Asian American Journalists Association. By then, Ulta Beauty had paused an advert marketing campaign with Teen Vogue.

McCammond’s hiring continued to spur conversations inside Condé Nast. Duncan stated in his e mail announcement that he and Yashica Olden, Condé Nast’s chief variety and inclusion officer, had many conversations with the employees over the previous week.

“Our most important work as a company right now is embodied in the focused efforts we are all undertaking to become more equitable and inclusive. Our commitment to these issues is sincere and unwavering,” he wrote.

Condé Nast declined to remark past Duncan’s e mail.

Jim VandeHei, CEO and cofounder of Axios, replied to McCammond’s tweet Thursday to precise assist for her.

“You will always be part of the @axios family. @alexi admited her mistakes, repented (years ago and again of late) and showed during her four years with us she was a strong woman with a big heart. She was a great colleague who often stood up 4 others. Sad outcome @TeenVogue,” VandeHei tweeted.

These tweets haven’t been the one controversy involving McCammond lately. TJ Ducklo resigned in February from his place as deputy press secretary for President Joe Biden after he threatened a Politico reporter who deliberate to jot down a story about his and McCammond’s beforehand unreported relationship.

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