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Teen Vogue staffers openly slammed their newly hired editor-in-chief on Monday over recently resurfaced tweets she made that mocked Asian people.
More than 20 employees of the digital publication said in a statement that they penned a letter to parent company Condé Nast about hiring former Axios political reporter Alexi McCammond.
The company announced on Friday that McCammond, 27, had been tapped to lead the fashion title, which frequently tackles political issues.
She was recently embroiled in a media scandal involving the Biden administration after her boyfriend, a White House deputy press secretary, threatened a Politico reporter looking to expose their relationship. He ultimately resigned.
Over the weekend, a series of since-deleted tweets that McCammond posted in 2011, when she was a teenager, resurfaced on social media.
“Now googling how to not wake up with swollen, asian eyes…,” one of the tweets read.
“Give me a 2/10 on my chem problem, cross out all of my work and don’t explain what i did wrong…thanks a lot stupid asian T.A. you’re great,” another said.
The tweets were shared in a now-viral Instagram post by Diana Tsui, an editor at the website “The Infatuation,” who wrote: “I’m tired of big media organizations pretending to give a damn about diversity and inclusion.”
“This especially is a slap in the face given what’s happened to Asian Americans in the past year,” Tsui added, referring to the recent uptick in hate crimes targeting Asian Americans.
“What the actual f–k?” actress Olivia Munn commented on the post.
Online fashion industry watchdog Diet Prada also shared the post and called out Condé Nast, writing, “a simple google search would have shown what [McCammond] said.”
“You can debate all you want about how reflective some decade-old tweets are of someone in the present, but for a publication as progressive as Teen Vogue, the choice leaves us scratching our heads,” the post read. “Were there absolutely no other qualified people?”
It appears the tweets first circulated in 2019, when McCammond issued an apology on Twitter.
“Today I was reminded of some past insensitive tweets, and I am deeply sorry to anyone I offended,” she wrote at the time. “I have since deleted those tweets as they do not reflect my views or who I am today.”
In their public statement, the Teen Vogue staffers noted that they had “built our outlet’s reputation as a voice for justice and change” and said: “we take immense pride in our work and in creating an inclusive environment.”
“That’s why we have written a letter to management at Condé Nast about the recent hire of Alexi McCammond as our new editor-in-chief in light of her past racist and homophobic tweets,” the statement read.
“We’ve heard the concerns of our readers, and we stand with you,” it continued. “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. We are hopeful that an internal conversation will prove fruitful in maintaining the integrity granted to us by our audience.”
Neither Condé Nast nor McCammond immediately returned emails seeking comment from The Post.
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