The Teen Vogue editor forced to stand down amid a backlash over her resurfaced racist tweets has been pictured out in Washington, D.C.
Alexi McCammond, 27, cut a downcast figure as she took a walk with her boyfriend, T.J. Ducklo, 32, on Saturday – just 48 hours after announcing that she had parted ways with the magazine.
McCammond was only named as Teen Vogue’s new editor-in-chief on March 4, before anti-Asian tweets she posted in 2011 resurfaced on social media and landed her in hot water. She had not even started in her new role when she announced her resignation on Thursday.
Meanwhile, Ducklo is also weathering his own professional crisis, after being forced to resign from his role as White House Deputy Press Secretary last month after threatening to ‘destroy’ a female reporter.
McCammond and Ducklo were touted as one of the media world’s young power couples before their dramatic falls from grace.
However, the pair appeared closer than ever as they headed out Saturday morning, walking their dog and picking up coffee.
Alexi McCammond, the Teen Vogue editor forced to stand down amid a backlash over her resurfaced racist tweets, has been pictured out in Washington, D.C. She is seen with her boyfriend, former White House Deputy Press Secretary T.J. Ducklo
McCammond was only named as Teen Vogue’s new editor-in-chief on March 4, before anti-Asian tweets she posted in 2011 resurfaced on social media and landed her in hot water
Ducklo is also weathering his own professional crisis, after being forced to resign from his role as White House Deputy Press Secretary last month after threatening to ‘destroy’ a female reporter
McCammond and Ducklo were touted as one of media’s young power couples before their dramatic falls from grace
However, the couple appeared closer than ever as they headed out Saturday morning, walking their dog and picking up coffee
McCammond kept things casual for her Saturday morning stroll, clad in a pair of gray sweatpants and a brown puffer jacket.
The University of Chicago grad – who previously worked as a political journalist for Axios – also donned a patterned face mask and a caramel-colored headband.
Ducklo, meanwhile, bundled up in a navy coat and white beanie.
McCammond announced her was resignation from Teen Vogue in a statement on Thursday – almost a week before she was due to start work.
Her first day on the job was scheduled for March 24.
Tweets that McCammond penned back in 2011 – when she was 17 and still in high school – began circulating on Twitter earlier this month.
In one she wrote how she was ‘Googling how to not wake up with swollen Asian eyes’.
In another from the same year, she blamed a ‘stupid Asian’ teaching assistant for her failures during chemistry lessons.
Other tweets used the terms ‘Asian’, ‘homo’ and ‘gay’ in a derogatory ways.
Ducklo bundled up in a navy coat and white beanie as he stepped out on the chilly spring morning
McCammond kept things casual for her Saturday morning stroll, clad in a pair of gray sweatpants and a brown puffer jacket
McCammond announced her was resignation from Teen Vogue in a statement on Thursday – almost a week before she was due to start work. Her first day on the job was scheduled for March 24
Leaning on each other! The couple are both enduring professional crises and appeared to take comfort in each other’s company
The couple are pictured in a recent social media snap. It’s believed they began dating last year. At the time, Ducklo was working for Joe Biden’s presidential campaign, while McCammond was reporting about Biden for Axios. The pair avoided a conflict-of-interest by disclosing the relationship to their bosses. McCammond was subsequently reassigned to a different beat
The tweets prompted a revolt from several staff on the magazine, but Anna Wintour -who serves as Vogue editor and Global Chief Content Office for publisher Condé Nast – was reportedly determined to stand by McCammond.
McCammond – who is black – previously apologized for, and deleted the tweets several years ago.
However, last week she offered up a new apology in a message sent to Teen Vogue’s staff and its readers.
‘This has been one of the hardest weeks of my life in large part because of the intense pain I know my words and my announcement have caused so many of you,’ she wrote.
‘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.’
Wintour, was aware of the decade-old racist tweets and discussed them with leaders of color at Condé Nast before the job was offered, The New York Times reported.
Wintour tried to build support for the would-be Teen Vogue editor, the paper said, and included her in team meetings.
McCammond met one-on-one with staff, to try and ease their concerns, and explained her actions in a note.
But the actions appears to do little to placate angry staff and advertisers, with Ulta Beauty pulling a seven-figure ad deal.
Tweets that McCammond penned back in 2011 – when she was 17 and still in high school – began circulating on Twitter earlier this month
Anna Wintour -who serves as Vogue editor and Global Chief Content Office for publisher Condé Nast – was reportedly determined to stand by McCammond
On Thursday, McCammond officially stood down, releasing a statement which read: ‘Hey there: I’ve decided to part ways with 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 so tirelessly to share with the world – and so Conde Nast an 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 said.
She received an outpouring of support from many high-profile media figures, including her former Axios colleague, Jonathan Swan.
Jonathan Swan, the chief national correspondent for news site Axios who worked alongside McCammond for four years, told Fox News on Friday that McCammond’s apology should have sufficed and she should have been allowed to keep her job.
‘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?’
McCammond – who is black – previously apologized for, and deleted the tweets several years ago
ucklo last month tended his resignation as White House Deputy Press Secretar after he reportedly threatened a Politico reporter who was working on a story about his secret romantic relationship with McCammond
But McCammond is not alone in having to stand down from a job amid controversy.
Boyfriend Ducklo last month tended his resignation as White House Deputy Press Secretar after he reportedly threatened a Politico reporter who was working on a story about his romantic relationship with McCammon.
ItIt’s believed Ducklo and McCammond began dating last year.
At the time, Ducklo was working for Joe Biden’s presidential campaign, while McCammond was reporting about Biden for Axios.
However, the pair avoided a conflict-of-interest by disclosing their romance to their respectivebosses. McCammond was subsequently reassigned to a different beat.
However, the romance piqued the interest of publication Politico, and its journalist Tara Palmeri contacted McCammond to ask her about the romance.
Ducklo then called Palmeri and made the threats in a bid to kill the story.
He told Palermi he would ‘destroy’ her and accused her of being jealous that an unidentified man in the past had ‘wanted to f**k’ McCammond instead of her.
Ducklo was initially suspended without pay by the White House before he resigned.
‘I am devastated to have embarrassed and disappointed my White House colleagues and President Biden, and after a discussion with White House communications leadership tonight, I resigned my position and will not be returning from administrative leave,’ Ducklo said in a statement on Saturday.
‘No words can express my regret, my embarrassment, and my disgust for my behavior. I used language that no woman should ever have to hear from anyone, especially in a situation where she was just trying to do her job,’ he said.
Ducklo had called Politico reporter Tara Palmeri (left) to say he would ‘destroy’ her over an article she was planning to write about his romance with McCammond (right)
TEEN VOGUE EDITOR RESIGNATION IS THE LATEST IN A STRING OF RACE SCANDALS UNDER ANNA WINTOUR
McCammond’s resignation is the latest in a string of race scandals under Anna Wintour’s leadership at Conde Nast.
The brand has for years been accused of not putting enough black or women of color on the cover of its publications, particularly Vogue.
She tried to explain it away by saying: ‘Undoubtedly, I have made mistakes along the way, and if any mistakes were made at Vogue under my watch, they are mine to own and remedy and I am committed to doing the work.’
Wintour has been at the helm of the magazine since the late 1980s but the issue has reared its head over the last year amid a cultural shift in attitudes towards racism and diversity.
Wintour’s relationship with Andre Leon Talley, the former editor-at-large, also crumbled under years of what he called a toxic workplace
In June, Wintour did not take part in a company-wide call about how to promote black staffers. There were enormous calls for her to resign but Conde Nast stood by her.
She released a statement saying: ‘I want to say plainly that I know Vogue has not found enough ways to elevate and give space to Black editors, writers, photographers, designers and other creators. We have made mistakes too, publishing images or stories that have been hurtful or intolerant.
Written by a British journalist called Hamish Bowles, it sought to argue that the UK media was institutionally racist and, more specifically, suggested that racist intent lay behind a decision by the Daily Mail to use the word ‘niggling’ in the headline of an article about the couple’s engagement that was written by my colleague, Sarah Vine, back in 2017
‘I take full responsibility for those mistakes. It can’t be easy to be a Black employee at Vogue, and there are too few of you.
‘I know that it is not enough to say we will do better, but we will — and please know that I value your voices and responses as we move forward. I am listening and would like to hear your feedback and your advice if you would like to share either.’
Her relationship with Andre Leon Talley, the former editor-at-large, also crumbled under years of what he called a toxic workplace.
‘Anna Wintour’s a colonial broad…her stiletto heel was on my neck,’ he told the Daily Mail after her statement, adding: ‘At one point, I was the only black person on Anna’s staff.
‘This statement, for me, is devoid of sincerity. It comes from the world of whiteness and privilege. Anna probably feels that her apology will be a defining moment but knowing her, it will soon be back to business as usual.
‘She’ll click, clack, clicketyclack down the hall in her Manolo Blahniks and move on. It’s a corporate stance, directed at future advertisers.
‘It’s Anna striking a pose, as the Madonna song says. Why? Because as a powerful businesswoman and head of all Conde Nast editorially she wants to be on the right side of history, not the wrong side.’
In October, a collection of black, former Vogue staffers demanded that Wintour relinquish control of the magazine. They described a toxic work environment at a publication that promoted a ‘thin, white and rich’ mentality.
‘Fashion is bitchy. It’s hard. This is the way it’s supposed to be. But at Vogue, when we’d evaluate a shoot or a look, we’d say ‘That’s Vogue,’ or, ‘That’s not Vogue,’ and what that really meant,’ one said.
The racial connotations of the pet’s name were, of course, overlooked. And the author of this puff piece? Why, that would be Hamish Bowles (pictured)
Despite its own issues with race relations, Vogue ran a piece by Hamish Bowles where he claimed the Daily Mail had been racist in its coverage of Meghan and Harry, and claimed inaccurately that the use of the word ‘niggling’ in one article headline had racial undertones.
The headline was: ‘Why do I have a niggling worry about this engagement picture?’
‘Niggling’ means ‘to gnaw at’ or a ‘persistent annoyance’.
But Bowles said the use of it was racist.
‘In 2017, the Daily Mail, featuring Harry and Meghan’s touching engagement picture on the front page, saw fit to run the headline from their columnist Sarah Vine: ‘Yes, they’re joyfully in love. ‘So why do I have a niggling worry about this engagement picture?’ (Webster’s defines the word niggling thus: ‘bothersome or persistent especially in a petty or tiresome way’.
‘Nevertheless, the word seemed a surprising choice and jumped from the page, as presumably it was intended to,’ Bowles wrote.
Conde Nast defended him, calling the choice of word ‘surprising’.