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Teen Vogue’s new editor-in-chief, Alexi McCammond, has the full support of Anna Wintour — despite staff concerns over resurfaced racist, anti-Asian tweets she wrote in 2011 and 2012.
“Anna is adamant about keeping her even though she’s getting pushback internally. Everyone is up in arms, and that’s why [Teen Vogue staffers] sent that memo with their concerns,” a source told us.
McCammond was announced as the new editor-in-chief last week and is expected to start her new job on March 24. On Monday, staffers sent a memo to brass at Condé Nast explaining that they stand with their readers who raised concerns over the new hire.
“In a moment of historically high anti-Asian violence and amid the on-going struggles of the LGBTQ community, we as the staff of Teen Vogue fully reject those sentiments. We are hopeful that an internal conversation will prove truthful in maintaining the integrity granted to us by our audience,” they wrote.
McCammond doled out her hate speech in college with tweets such as: “Give me a 2/10 on my chem problem, cross out all of my work and don’t explain what i did wrong…thanks a lot stupid asian T.A. [teaching assistant] you’re great.”
Journalist Diane Tsui unearthed the tweets after Condé Nast announced its new hire, and McCammond has since issued two apologies.
“This has been one of the hardest weeks of my life, in large part because of the intense pain I know my words and my announcement have caused so many of you. I am so sorry to have used such hurtful and inexcusable language… it’s totally unacceptable,” she said on Wednesday.
We’re told Wintour did not expect advertisers to pull out and was hoping the controversy would all blow over until Ulta Beauty later announced it was “pausing” advertising with Condé Nast “to evaluate the situation and determine next steps regarding our partnership.” On Thursday, Fashion For All Foundation, a nonprofit organization, created a petition calling for Condé Nast to remove McCammond.
One of the publisher’s top PR execs, Joseph Libonati, told us he was “just confused” by the staffers’ outrage, and did not provide us with a statement.
A spokesperson previously said: “Alexi McCammond was appointed editor-in-chief of Teen Vogue because of the values, inclusivity and depth she has displayed through her journalism. Throughout her career she has dedicated herself to being a champion for marginalized voices. Two years ago she took responsibility for her social media history and apologized.”
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