Staffers at Teen Vogue are skeptical of the current top editor's appointment "in light of her previous racist and homophobic tweets."
More than 20 Teen Vogue employees are concerned about Alexi McCammond, the publication's newly hired editor in chief.
Teen Vogue's senior politics editor Allegra Kirkland said in a statement on Monday that staffers who have "developed our outlet's credibility as a voice for justice and reform" wrote a letter to management challenging McCammond's hiring over previous "racist and homophobic tweets."
Employees of the multimedia publication mobilized after publisher Condé Nast revealed on Friday that McCammond would take over as the outlet's top editorial role.
On March 24, the 27-year-old Axios political reporter will begin work at Teen Vogue.
The statement reads, "We take great pride in our work and in building an inclusive climate."
“We've heard your questions, and we're here to help you. We, the Teen Vogue team, completely condemn those sentiments at a time when anti-Asian violence is at an all-time high, as well as the LGBTQ community's ongoing struggles. The group added, "We are optimistic that an internal discussion would prove fruitful in preserving the integrity given to us by our audience."
Diana Tsui, The Infatuation's editorial director of suggestions, posted a series of screenshots of anti-Asian tweets sent by McCammond in 2011 on Instagram on Sunday.
“You can't have an editor-in-chief who has made racist tweets in the past. On Saturday, she wrote on Instagram Stories, "Particularly now that we're finally realizing that anti-racism can and should include Asian-Americans."
Tsui also posted a message from McCammond from 2019 in which he apologizes for "any previous offensive tweets."
She apologized to everyone she had offended and said she had deleted the tweets because they "do not represent my views or who I am today."
McCammond only apologised for her remarks "after people caught them in 2019," according to Tsui, and she called them "deeply insensitive."
Tsui said, "They are not insensitive." “They're bigots.”
Famous people like actress Olivia Munn, who wrote in the comments section, "What the actual f—k," fashion designer Prabal Gurung, and art critic Jerry Saltz were outraged by her article.
Tsui's comments were also posted by Diet Prada, an Instagram account of over 2.5 million followers. Since it was posted on Sunday, the post has received over 61,000 likes.
“McCammond was named editor-in-chief of Teen Vogue because of the ideals, inclusivity, and scope she has demonstrated through her journalism,” Condé Nast Chief Communications Officer Joe Libonati said in a statement Monday.
“She has devoted herself to being an advocate for oppressed voices throughout her career. “She apologised and took responsibility for her social media past two years ago,” Libonati said.
According to CNN, McCammond wrote a letter to the magazine's employees apologizing for his behavior.
“I am very sorry for what you have been through in the last twenty-four hours as a result of my actions,” she wrote.
McCammond continued, "You've seen some nasty, idiotic tweets from when I was a teenager that perpetuated negative and racist stereotypes about Asian Americans." “I apologised for them years ago, but I want to be transparent today: I sincerely regret the pain this has caused both of you. There's no reason for that kind of language.”