Incoming Teen Vogue Editor-In-Chief Alexi McCammond has issued a formal apology after it was revealed that she had posted a series of offensive tweets in the past. Recently deleted tweets show that McCammond once referred to a teacher's assistant as a "stupid Asian." She also said that she searched Google, so that she could find ways to "not wake up with swollen, Asian eyes." Not to mention, she has been accused of making homophobic remarks on social media as well. With this information, Teen Vogue staffers decided to release a statement condemning the hire.
“As more than 20 members of the staff of Teen Vogue, we’ve built our outlet’s reputation as a voice for justice and change—we take immense pride in our work and in creating an inclusive environment. That’s why we have written a letter to management at Condé Nast about the recent hire of Alexi McCammond as our new editor-in-chief in light of her past racist and homophobic tweets,” Teen Vogue staffers wrote.
“We’ve heard the concerns of our readers, and we stand with you. 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 fruitful in maintaining the integrity granted to us by our audience.”
After the statement from Teen Vogue staffers was released, Alexi McCammond issued a statement of her own. The former Axios reporter apologized for her past statements and said that she was "committed to amplifying AAPI voices" across Teen Vogue.
“You’ve seen some offensive, idiotic tweets from when I was a teenager that perpetuated harmful and racist stereotypes about Asian Americans,” she stated.
"Those tweets aren’t who I am, but I understand that I have lost some of your trust, and will work doubly hard to earn it back. I want you to know I am committed to amplifying AAPI voices across our platforms, and building upon the groundbreaking, inclusive work this title is known for the world over."
At this time, Teen Vogue has not indicated that they will move away from hiring McCammond. If their decision stands, she will step into the role of Editor-In-Chief on March 24.
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