Teen Vogue’s newly appointed editor-in-chief has stepped down after racist and homophobic tweets from a decade ago resurfaced.
This decision was made one week before McCammond was supposed to start working for the Condé Nast publication.
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Despite deleting several old tweets, screenshots of the ones with homophobic language and derogatory comments about Asians quickly circulated online, according to CNN.
In a statement shared on Thursday, McCammond revealed her decision to leave Condé Nast: “My past tweets have overshadowed the work I’ve done to highlight the people and issues that I care about — issues that Teen Vogue has worked tirelessly to share with the world — and so Condé Nast and I have decided to part ways.”
Hey there: I’ve decided to part ways with Condé Nast. Here is my statement about why – pic.twitter.com/YmnHVtZSce
— Alexi McCammond (@alexi) March 18, 2021
“I should not have tweeted what I did and I have taken full responsibility for that. I look at my work and growth in the years since, and have redoubled my commitment to growing in the years to come as both a person and as a professional.”
Before McCammond shared this statement, more than 20 Teen Vogue staffers revealed that they had sent a letter about McCammond’s tweets on March 8 to Condé Nast management.
A note from Teen Vogue’s staff: pic.twitter.com/prPhlhh2oV
— (@SatansJacuzzi) March 8, 2021
“In a moment of historically high anti-Asian violence and amid the ongoing struggles of the LGBTQ community, we as the staff of Teen Vogue fully reject these sentiments.”
Condé Nast confirmed McCammond’s departure on Thursday through an internal email, according to The New York Times.
“After speaking with Alexi this morning,” Stan Duncan, the chief people officer at Condé Nast, wrote, “we agreed that it was best to part ways, so as to not overshadow the important work happening at Teen Vogue.”
The controversy surrounding McCammond’s tweets comes at a time in which anti-Asian attacks continue to rise in the States. On Wednesday, six Asian women were killed during a mass shooting in Atlanta. The nonprofit organization Stop AAPI Hate recently revealed that it has received reports about 3,795 attacks on Asians since March of last year.
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