Newly appointed Teen Vogue Editor-in-Chief Alexi McCammond has stepped down amid public backlash stemming from years-old racist tweets.
The publication introduced earlier this month that McCammond, 27, could be taking up the place, which she was slated to start out subsequent week. On Thursday, she issued a press release on Twitter, indicating that she wouldn’t be assuming the position in spite of everything.
“I grew to become a journalist to assist raise up the tales and voices of our most weak communities. As a younger lady of colour, that’s a part of the rationale I used to be so excited to steer the Teen Vogue group in its subsequent chapter. My previous tweets have overshadowed the work I’ve achieved to spotlight the folks and points that I care about,” she wrote, earlier than saying that she and Conde Nast, Teen Vogue’s guardian firm, “have determined to half methods.”
McCammond, an MSNBC contributor and former Axios worker, stated she shouldn’t have tweeted what she did and has “taken full duty” for these remarks.
The tweets in query have been written in 2011, when she was a young person, and included derogatory stereotypes about Asians and slurs about homosexual folks. The tweets resurfaced within the wake of her announcement as editor and prompted greater than 20 workers members at Teen Vogue to publish on social media and demand that Conde Nast handle the scenario.
On March 10, McCammond posted a letter apologizing “for my previous racist and homophobic tweets” and reiterated “that there’s no excuse for perpetuating these terrible stereotypes in any manner.”
“I’m so sorry to have used such hurtful and inexcusable language,” she wrote, including that she’d be serving to Teen Vogue put collectively a plan to uplift the Asian American and Pacific Islander group.
Regardless of the apology, Ulta Magnificence paused its promoting deal — reportedly “price seven figures” — with Teen Vogue.
In an electronic mail to workers obtained by HuffPost, Stan Duncan, the chief folks officer at Condé Nast, stated Thursday that he and Yashica Olden, Conde Nast’s chief variety and inclusion officer, have been dedicated to turning into a “extra equitable and inclusive” group.
“It’s truthful to say that Alexi McCammond’s appointment with Teen Vogue introduced many tough and vital conversations to the forefront over the previous couple of weeks. I need to be totally clear with you about our decision-making course of relating to her appointment,” Duncan stated, earlier than explaining her racist tweets and her subsequent acknowledgment of and apology for these tweets.
“We have been hopeful that Alexi would change into a part of our group to offer perspective and perception that’s underrepresented all through media. We have been devoted to creating her profitable on this position and hung out working together with her, our firm management and the Teen Vogue group to seek out one of the best path ahead,” he wrote.
Duncan went on to say that after talking with McCammond, they later “agreed that it was finest to half methods, in order to not overshadow the vital work taking place at Teen Vogue.”
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