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Left-wing Vogue magazine editor-in-chief and Condé Nast artistic director Anna Wintour is currently being eaten alive by the same breed of left-wingers she’s spent the past few years courting.
Her crime? Not doing enough to bow to the increasingly irrational, illiberal, race-obsessed “woke” mobs of the far-left.
Leading the mob this time is The New York Times, which on Saturday published a lengthy hit piece lambasting the left-wing socialite for perpetuating everything leftists hate, including so-called called cultural appropriation.
“Former Vogue employees said that in recent years, Ms. Wintour has not kept pace with the public’s changing attitudes on issues of racism and discrimination. At a London fashion week party hosted by Burberry in February 2017, the reality TV star Kendall Jenner showed up with a new look: fake gold teeth,” the hit piece reads.
“Vogue noted the choice in a breezy online story written by a white contributor: ‘The flashing teeth felt like a playful wink to the city’s free-spirited aesthetic — or perhaps a proverbial kiss to her rumored boyfriend, A$AP Rocky.'”
Though Real and fake gold/platinum teeth are popular among the participants and fans of hip hop music, “woke” cultists believe that only black people may wear them.
“A Black staff member contacted one of the magazine’s executives to object, saying the story insensitively endorsed an instance of cultural appropriation, according to emails obtained by The New York Times,” the hit piece continues.
“Other staff members brought the article to Ms. Wintour’s attention, with one lieutenant explaining by email why some people on staff and on social media had reacted negatively: ‘If Kendall wants to do something stupid fine but our writers (especially white ones) don’t need to weigh in and glorify it or ascribe reasons to it that read culturally insensitive.'”
In response, Wintour reportedly wrote to them, “Well I honestly don’t think that’s a big deal.”
After a Black staffer pointed out a Vogue story on Kendall Jenner’s fake gold teeth was celebrating an instance of cultural appropriation, Ms. Wintour replied: “Well I honestly don’t think that’s a big deal.” pic.twitter.com/1w6eHby7NN
— Edmund Lee (@edmundlee) October 24, 2020
It normally wouldn’t be a “big deal.” America is supposed to a melting pot where different cultures mix together, but “woke cultists” take offense to this and would prefer to transform the nation into one defined by racial differences and hierarchies.
Another cultural appropriation scandal erupted in March of 2017.
“The March 2017 issue showcased Karlie Kloss, a white model, in a geisha outfit, with her face in pale makeup and her hair dyed black — a blatant form of yellowface. Readers condemned the layout, which was shot in Japan by Mikael Jansson and included a photograph of Ms. Kloss with a sumo wrestler,” the hit piece reads.
“New York Magazine’s fashion site The Cut was among the many critics, writing: ‘One thing’s for certain: Embracing diversity does not mean styling Karlie Kloss as a geisha.'”
As you can see, cultural mixing of any sort is loathed by the “woke.”
The backlash against model Karlie Kloss wearing a geisha led to her issuing the following apology:
— Karlie Kloss (@karliekloss) February 15, 2017
The tweet reportedly “angered” Wintour, according to the Times.
Now fast-forward to the fall of 2017, when Wintour — who by then had begun showing signs of “wokeness” herself — expressed concern over whether “a photoshoot by Patrick Demarchelier that showed several dark-skinned Black models wearing head scarves” might be construed as racist.
To find the answer, she reached out to an employee and asked whether the photos gave the image of a “pickaninny.”
“As Ms. Wintour weighed whether to publish the images, she asked an employee by email if they might be misconstrued as racist. But she flubbed the attempt, using a dated, offensive term: ‘Don’t mean to use an inappropriate word, but pickaninny came to mind,’ Ms. Wintour wrote,” the Times’ report reads.
For context, Dictionary.com describes Pickaninny ( also spelled picaninny) as a dated term, originally used in a neutral or even affectionate way in the West Indies, but now perceived as insulting.
Even the un-“woke” would likely argue that her use of the term was problematic. However, this wasn’t even the biggest part of the scandal.
According to the Times, what was truly bothersome was that Wintour had reached out to a low-level black staffer for guidance on whether or not the photoshoot would be offensive to blacks …
“In the 2017 email, Ms. Wintour requested that a specific Black staff member evaluate the photoshoot. The employee, an assistant, told her superiors that the work was fine,” the Times notes.
“The real problem, she continued, according to several people familiar with the meeting, was why a low-ranked person such as herself had been asked to assess it. The room fell into an uncomfortable silence.”
The piece continues with a number of additional examples as arguably petty and trifling as these. All of the examples were reportedly provided by nearly two dozen black “journalists” and “editors” who’ve worked with Wintour.
And yet ——
“But some current and former employees say Anna Wintour, the magazine’s powerful editor, fostered a workplace that sidelined women of color, especially Black women.”
Like is this even surprising? 🤦🏽♀️
— C:\hristina 👩🏽💻 (@divinetechygirl) October 25, 2020
“Of the 18, 11 people said that, in their view, Ms. Wintour should no longer be in charge of Vogue and should give up her post as Condé Nast’s editorial leader,” the Times reported.
“Fashion is b—hy. 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 was ‘thin, rich and white.’ How do you work in that environment?” one said to the outlet.
Apparently, from 2000 to 2005 only three of the 81 models featured on Vogue’s cover were black, giving a representation percentage of three. However, Condé Nast claims that the percentage was raised to 32 from 2017 to 2020.
Yet blacks make up 13 percent of the population — not three percent or 32 percent — not that racial quotas are appropriate in a post-racial society that values individual merit.
In a statement to the Times, Wintour reportedly apologized for all her alleged transgressions.
“I strongly believe that the most important thing any of us can do in our work is to provide opportunities for those who may not have had access to them,” she said.
“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.”
The work of the left-wing mob, to be exact …