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Teen Vogue Editor Resigns Before Her First Day After Backlash Over Racist Tweets

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Teen Vogue Editor Resigns Before Her First Day After Backlash Over Racist Tweets

Teen Vogue Editor-in-Chief Alexi McCammond has resigned from her recently-appointed role following major backlash over racist tweets she made in 2011.

McCammond came under fire after anti-Asian and homophobic comments she made as a teenager on the social media platform resurfaced.

Posting to Twitter today, McCammond revealed she would not be taking on the role, which was set to commence next week.

"I became a journalist to help lift up the stories and voices of our most vulnerable communities. As a young woman of colour, that's part of the reason I was so excited to lead the Teen Vogue team in their next chapter," McCammond tweeted.

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"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."

"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," she continued.

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"I am so sorry to have used such hurtful and inexcusable language."

Stan Duncan, the chief people officer at Condé Nast, said Thursday that the company was committed to becoming a 'more equitable and inclusive' organisation.

"It's fair to say that Alexi McCammond's appointment with Teen Vogue brought many difficult and important conversations to the forefront over the last few weeks," he said.

"I want to be fully transparent with you about our decision-making process regarding her appointment.

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"We were hopeful that Alexi would become part of our team to provide perspective and insight that is underrepresented throughout media.

"We were dedicated to making her successful in this role and spent time working with her, our company leadership and the Teen Vogue team to find the best path forward," he wrote.

"Given her previous acknowledgement of these posts and her sincere apologies, in addition to her remarkable work in journalism elevating the voices of marginalised communities, we were looking forward to welcoming her into our community," Duncan's email read.

"In addition, we were hopeful that Alexi would become part of our team to provide perspective and insight that is underrepresented throughout media."

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The news comes following more than 20 Teen Vogue staffers criticising the hiring of McCammond, with many sharing the open letter on social media.

"We've heard the concerns of our readers, and we stand with you," the statement read.

"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.

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"We are hopeful that an internal conversation will prove fruitful in maintaining the integrity granted to us by our audience."

Featured Image Credit: Instagram

Topics: Racism, US News

Jessica Lynch
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