Like surgery to remove a cancerous tumor, cancel culture can be deemed a success only the whole growth is excised. It now appears that Condé Nast’s surgeons missed some cells when they took action against the newly hired editor in chief of “Teen Vogue” for anti-Asian and -gay tweets she had posted a decade earlier when she was 17. (RELATED: If you own a vagina but don’t know how to use it, Teen Vogue has your back)
By now everyone knows Alexi McCammond’s name. Her hiring, initially celebrated by the industry, quickly became a matter of controversy after a journalist named Diana Tsui exposed screenshots of her tweets on Instagram.
“Let’s talk about Conde Nast HR and this questionable hire for Teen Vogue EIC,” Tsui wrote, explaining:
She had a series of racist tweets in 2011. Maybe we can give her some benefit of the doubt as these were done when she was still a student. But her ‘apology,’ which was only after people caught them in 2019, referred to them as deeply insensitive. They are not insensitive, they are racist.
Condé Nast had no choice in these woke times but to ask for McCammond’s resignation.
But they missed something. They forgot to send a second pink slip to Christine Davitt, a senior social media manager at the magazine who had herself tweeted the n-word:
If that weren’t enough, Davitt was also guilty of hypocrisy. She had also blown the whistle on McCammond earlier this month by making public a letter by staff complaining about McCammond’s “past racist and homophobic tweets.”
Maybe the fact that still has her job can be attributed to her being a “fat queer femme,” according to her Twitter bio.
It is worth noting in passing that Condé Nast took no disciplinary action in 2017 against another “Teen Vogue” writer named Lara Witt for her own iffy tweets, one of which advised white women to “shut the f*ck up” because she’s superior to them. Then again, in this day and age, that point of view is celebrated.