Teen Vogue Editor-In-Chief Steps Away From Job Over Tweets She Sent As Teen

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Teen Vogue’s new Editor-in-Chief Alexi McCammond is out before even starting the job. It’s because of anti-Asian and homophobic tweets she sent over a decade ago, when she was a teenager.

Her resignation was not forced by Conde Nast, the company that owns Vogue and Teen Vogue. Conde Nast says they were well-aware of the tweets, because McCammond brought them up during the interview process. She says she apologized after they were posted the first time, and during the interview.

Conde Nast says they were excited to have her be part of the Conde Nast family because of her previous work.

But the tweets resurfaced and backlash ensued after Conde Nast announced her hiring on March 5th. A group of 20 Teen Vogue staffers also got together to express their concerns over McCammond’s hiring, and she apologized again publicly.

Thursday, McCammond announced she was stepping away from the position. She tweeted the news, saying in part: “I became a journalist to help lift up the stories and voices of our most vulnerable communities…I should not have tweeted what I did and I have taken full responsibility for that.”

A wide range of reactions to the resignation, including a lot of support for McCammond. Her former boss, the CEO and co-founder of Axios, Tweeted, saying in part, “You will always be a part of the Axios family,” and “Alexi admitted her mistakes, repented (years ago and again of late),” and, “She was a great colleague who often stood up for others. Sad outcome, Teen Vogue.”

Another person wrote, “Social media can be so intolerant and vicious,” and another added, “Cancel culture, run amok.”

Our question of the night: at what point should a person’s past be excused?

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