Teen Vogue is beginning to remind us of that dog-eat-dog phase of the French Revolution, when it was anyone’s guess whose head would roll next.
First, it was Alexi McCammond’s head. McCammond is the former Axios reporter who was forced to resign the editorship of Teen Vogue before she even began the job because of tweets that surfaced from ten years ago, when McCammond was 17.
Here is what happened to McCammond:
Ms. McCammond, 27, established herself as a prominent political reporter last year. She covered President Biden’s campaign for Axios and was a contributor to MSNBC and NBC. In 2019, she was named the emerging journalist of the year by the National Association of Black Journalists. She would have been the third Black woman to serve as Teen Vogue’s top editor, after Lindsay Peoples Wagner and Elaine Welteroth.
Her job status became shaky days after Condé Nast named her to the position, when the offensive tweets she had posted as a teenager in 2011 resurfaced. They included comments on the appearance of Asian features, derogatory stereotypes about Asians and slurs for gay people. Ms. McCammond had apologized for the tweets in 2019 and deleted them. Screenshots of the tweets were recirculated on social media after her hiring at Teen Vogue was announced on March 5.
Within days, more than 20 staff members at Teen Vogue posted a note on social media saying they had made a complaint to company leaders about the tweets, and Ms. McCammond apologized for them again both publicly and in meetings with Condé Nast staff. “I’ve apologized for my past racist and homophobic tweets and will reiterate that there’s no excuse for perpetuating those awful stereotypes in any way,” she wrote in a March 10 letter posted on her Twitter account. “I am so sorry to have used such hurtful and inexcusable language.”
The die was cast when several significant Vogue advertisers suspended their advertising in light of the news of the McCammond tweets. McCammond issued a gracious resignation and stepped aside.
Ms. McCammond’s Robsepierre was one Christine Davitt, a senior social media editor at Vogue. It was Davitt who led the campaign to oust (pre-oust?) McCammond for the ten-year-old tweets. Davitt issued a gloating tweet moments after McCammond was figuratively beheaded:
“‘[Exhales the deepest sigh I’ve ever sighed],” Davitt wrote on Twitter an hour after McCammond made the announcement.
But now some old tweets from Davitt have come to light.
The New York Post reports:
Davitt — who calls herself a “queer fat filipinx femme in brooklyn” in her Instagram bio — still had up old posts of her own in which she repeatedly dropped the N-word, Fox said.
She at least twice referred to a friend — who appears to be white — as a “ni–a” in 2009, and the next year also used the word “ni–a” in a joke tweet, Fox said, of messages since made private.
We don’t know Davitt’s fate yet, but Newsweek reports that she is now facing calls for early retirement:
The resurfaced tweets have sparked calls for Davitt to resign or be fired, and Davitt has since made her Twitter profile private.
Tariq Nasheed, film producer and a social media commentator, said:
“Teen Vogue got rid of a Black female staffer for saying the word ‘Asian’ in some old tweets. And the white media boosted that story. But Teen Vogue still employs a white/Asian staffer named Christine Davitt who tweeted anti-Black epithets, now the white media is radio silent.”
Teen Vogue represents—shall we say?—the intersectionality between fashion and leftist ideology. Teen Vogue hired Hillary Clinton as guest editor for one edition, has called Trump supporters “racist,” and hailed Karl Marx’s scholarship in an article that dinged the U.S. as a racist country built on violence.
The only sane and generous comment I’ve seen about Vogue-gate episode comes from Jonathan Swan, a colleague of MCcammond’s at Axios. He said:
‘I was just really sad to see this happen,’ Swan told Fox News. ‘I worked with her for four years. She doesn’t have a racist bone in her body. If we can’t as an industry accept somebody’s sincere and repeated apologies for something they tweeted when they were 17 years old, what are we doing?’
Swan added that his employers at Axios didn’t fire McCammond after she first apologized for the tweets in 2019.
He said McCammond, a 27-year-old black woman, is an ‘advocate for anti-racism.’
With all their dabbling in high style leftist ideology, I hope the young ladies of Teen Vogue realize before it is too late that the unforgiving DNA of leftist ideologies destroys people.
Meanwhile, I am wondering if the guillotine looms for Ms. Davitt or if she will escape. Whose head will roll next at Teen Vogue?