A senior Teen Vogue staffer who expressed concern about the racist tweets posted by the magazine’s now-departed editor used the N-word in her own tweets.
Christine Davitt, a senior social media manager at Teen Vogue, wrote two tweets in 2009 to a friend identifying him as a ‘ni–a,’ and another in 2010 using the word ‘ni–a’, Fox News reported.
The friend to whom the comments were addressed appears to be white. Davitt said in multiple tweets that she is of Irish and Filipino descent.
After news of her tweets became public, Davitt’s Twitter account was switched from public to private.
Alexi McCammond, 27, lost the top job at Teen Vogue even before she was able to assume the new role after staff members complained about racist comments she posted about Asian Americans when she was a teenager.
Christine Davitt, senior social media manager at Teen Vogue, wrote two tweets more than a decade ago using the N-word
Davitt supported the ouster of Alexi McCammond, who did not follow through on plans to become the magazine’s editor in chief last week after staff members raised concerns about her past racist tweets about Asian Americans
McCammond was a rising reporter at Axios when she was hired to oversee Teen Vogue, but she and the magazine parted ways after the Atlanta shooting that killed eight people Tuesday, including six Asian Americans.
McCammond announced she would not join the publication as originally planned, saying her past tweets ‘have overshadowed the work I’ve done to highlight the people and issues that I care about.’
McCammond’s tweets included comments on the appearance of Asian features, derogatory stereotypes about Asians and slurs for gay people.
‘Outdone by Asian. #Whatsnew,’ McCammond tweeted in 2011.
‘Now googling how to not wake up with swollen, asian eyes,’ she wrote in another. She also referred to a ‘stupid Asian T.A.’ in a different tweet.
McCammond’s comments about Asian people came about two years after Davitt’s tweets using the N-word.
Screen grabs from Twitter show Christine Davitt’s 2019 comments using the N-word
Davitt, McCammond and Teen Vogue could not immediately be reached for comment, Fox News reported.
Davitt posted a letter on Instagram March 8 from Teen Vogue staff expressing concern to management of Conde Nast, the corporate owner of the magazine, about the hiring of McCammond, ‘in light of her past racist and homophobic tweets.’
‘So proud of my @teenvogue colleagues. The work continues…’ Davitt wrote in a photo caption.
After McCammond said she would not join the magazine, Davitt posted a tweet expressing relief.
‘[Exhales the deepest sigh I’ve ever sighed],’ Davitt wrote on Twitter an hour after McCammond’s announcement.
Davitt also liked a tweet on March 18 arguing, ‘She [McCammond] wasn’t fired just because of her tweets—it’s so much more than that.’
McCammond would have been the third black woman to serve as Teen Vogue’s top editor
The tweet quoted another thread noting McCammond had never been an editor and was ‘way too close’ to the White House and the Democratic National Committee.
‘Condé seemed to be trying to reign in the Marxism, anal sex tips & labor coverage’ by hiring the former political reporter, one of the posts said.
McCammond is in a relationship with former White House press aide T.J. Ducklo, who left President Joe Biden’s administration last month after he threatened a Politico reporter who was planning to publish a story about their relationship.
McCammond, a rising star at Axios who covered the Biden presidential campaign, is in a relationship with former White House press aide T.J. Ducklo
Ducklo left the Biden administration last month after he threatened a Politico reporter who was planning to publish a story about his relationship with McCammond
McCammond was a White House reporter for a time during their relationship before moving to coverage of Congress.
McCammond covered Biden’s presidential campaign for Axios and was a contributor to MSNBC and NBC. In 2019, she was named the emerging journalist of the year by the National Association of Black Journalists and she would have been the third black woman to serve as Teen Vogue’s top editor, The New York Times reported.
McCammond apologized for her racist tweets in 2019 and deleted them. Screenshots of the tweets were recirculated on social media after her hiring at Teen Vogue was announced March 5.
Anna Wintour, chief content officer and global editorial director of Vogue, was one of the Conde Naste executives who was made aware of McCammond’s decade-old racist tweets
McCammond was vetted before Condé Nast hired her, and top executives including Condé Nast CEO Roger Lynch and Anna Wintour, the chief content officer and global editorial director of Vogue, were aware of the decade-old tweets. McCammond acknowledged them in interviews with the company.
Although Condé Nast was aware of the racist tweets, it did not know about the homophobic tweets or a photo from 2011 showing her in Native American costume at a Halloween party, a company executive said.