Teen Vogue boss apologizes for her racist tweets

Teen Vogue boss apologizes for her racist tweets

Alexi McCammond, the new editor-in-chief of Teen Vogue, an American magazine for teenagers and young women, apologized Wednesday for her "racist and homophobic" tweets she wrote in 2011. The employees of the monthly wrote a letter to protest against her employment.

"I'm sorry to use such hurtful and unforgivable language," McCammond tweeted.

"I apologized for my past racist and homophonic tweets and repeat that there is no excuse for perpetuating these horrible stereotypes in any way," she added.

In recent weeks, there have been a series of attacks on Americans of Asian descent; many of them fear further acts of violence.

One of McCammond's tweets was, "Give me a (grade) 2/10 in chemistry, cross out all my work and don't explain what I did wrong ... thanks a lot stupid Asian assistant."

"We built our magazine's reputation as a voice for justice and change - we take great pride in our work and in creating an open environment," more than 20 Teen Vogue employees wrote in a letter posted on Instagram on Tuesday.

"This is why we wrote a letter to management regarding Alexi McCammond's recent appointment as our new editor-in-chief in light of her previous racist and homophobic tweets," they underlined.

McCammond made headlines last month when her partner TJ Duclo quit his job with the White House press team following a threat he made against a journalist trying to investigate the couple's relationship. He then threatened to destroy her.

The journalist apologized for her tweets in 2019, describing them as "deeply insensitive". However, after she was hired at Teen Vogue last week, tweets were re-posted on Instagram by journalist Diane Tsui on Monday.

Teen Vogue, popular among teenagers and 20-year-olds, has a reputation as a clearly anti-racist and feminist magazine. (PAP)

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