Teen Vogue employees sent a letter to publisher Condé Nast, protesting the hiring of Alexi McCammond as editor-in-chief of the influential magazine.
It follows the resurgence earlier this week of a series of racist tweets written by McCammond 10 years ago.
The tweets, dating back to 2011 when McCammond was a student, were shared publicly by a journalist. Diana Tsui Monday.
“Surpassed by [an] Asian #whatsnew, ”read one.
“Now I’m googling how not to wake up with puffy Asian eyes,” read another.
Another said: “Give me a 2/10 on my chemical problem, cross off all my work and don’t explain what I did wrong… thank you very much you stupid Asian technical assistant [teaching assistant] You’re great.”
McCammond was a reporter for the political website Axios. He found himself in the national spotlight last month, when his relationship with TJ Ducklo was at the center of a scandal over his behavior that led him to resign as Joe Biden’s communications assistant.
McCammond apologized for the tweets in 2019, when they were first publicized.
Tweets have come back to the fore at a time when hate crimes against Asian Americans are on the rise, largely due to racist attitudes toward the coronavirus pandemic, which began in China. Last year, 2,500 such incidents were reported.
Phillip Lim, a fashion designer, recently told The Guardian: “It feels like an open season to take our frustration out on the Asian community.”
Influence Susie bubble He said, “I personally have had people walk away from me in [public transport] When I got on board, and when I was on the bus with my daughter, someone said to me, ‘You should stay home with her. Anecdotally speaking, I have had many friends who have been told horrible things on the street by complete strangers ranging from ‘you He did this’ to ‘Come Home’. “
On Tuesday, 20 Teen Vogue staff members took to Instagram to say, “We have listened to our readers’ concerns and we are with you.” saying. “In a time of historically high anti-Asian violence… we, as the staff of Teen Vogue, totally reject those sentiments. We are hopeful that an internal conversation will be fruitful to maintain the integrity that our audience has given us. “
Under the leadership of Lindsay Peoples Wagner, Teen Vogue became an outlier in its field, known for publishing outspoken opinions on the Donald Trump presidency, supporting Bernie Sanders, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and political priorities including healthcare. Universal and the Green New Deal, and leading the public conversation on race and trans rights.
In January, it was announced that Wagner would be leaving to edit the Cut.
Contacted to comment on McCammond’s tweets, Condé Nast said: “Alexi McCammond was named editor-in-chief of Teen Vogue because of the values, inclusiveness and depth she has shown through her journalism.
“Throughout her career she has dedicated herself to being an advocate for marginalized voices. Two years ago, he took responsibility for his social media record and apologized. “
The editor also quoted a note from McCammond to staff members as saying, “I am more sorry than what you have experienced in the last 24 hours because of me.
“You have seen some offensive and idiotic tweets from when I was a teenager that perpetuated harmful and racist stereotypes about Asian Americans. I apologized for them years ago, but I want to be clear today: I deeply apologize to all of you for the pain this has caused.
“There is no excuse for such language. I am determined to use the lessons I have learned as a journalist to advocate for a more diverse and equitable world. Those tweets are not who I am, but I understand that I have lost some of their trust and will work doubly hard to get it back.
“I want you to know that I am committed to expanding [Asian American] voices on our platforms, and based on innovative and inclusive work, this title is known around the world. “
McCammond will begin on March 24.
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism