Vanity Fair is trying to defuse criticism of a video mocking Hillary Clinton and her presidential aspirations, saying it was an attempt at humour that “missed the mark”.
- Vanity Fair slammed for posting “sexist” video mocking Hillary Clinton
- Her former adviser started a trending hashtag #CancelVanityFair
- Video suggested she take up knitting and get a hobby so she doesn’t run for president again
The video, which shows editors of the magazine’s Hive website offering toasts and New Year’s resolutions to Mrs Clinton, has been labelled sexist and has sparked the social media hashtag #CancelVanityFair.
The video suggests Mrs Clinton take up knitting, volunteer work or any hobby that would keep her from running again for president.
Hive editors appearing in the video also offered her a number of other resolutions to think about.
“It’s time to start working on a sequel to your book, What Happened,” one man says, suggesting it be called “What the Hell Happened?”
Another editor holding a glass of champagne in the video says: “You know how on Anderson Cooper, you were telling him about alternate nostril breathing? You seem really adept. You should try teaching a class.”
The video then suggests Mrs Clinton spend more time in the woods, referring to the photo she took with hiker Margot Gerster, who she ran into a day after she conceded in the US presidential race against Donald Trump.
A picture of the pair was posted online and Ms Gerster gushed about Mrs Clinton. Some suggested the photo was fake as it was revealed another photo had earlier been taken of the pair.
“Take more photos in the woods,” a woman says in the Vanity Fair video.
“How else are you going to meet unsuspecting hikers?”
James Comey cleared Hillary Clinton of criminal charges two days before the 2016 US election. (Reuters: Jonathan Ernst)
A former FBI chief also got a mention in the video, which suggested Mrs Clinton should “put away her James Comey voodoo doll”.
At a Women for Women International event in New York earlier this year, Mrs Clinton said she believed she was going to win the election until it was revealed Mr Comey sent a letter to Congress in the month before the election saying an investigation into Mrs Clinton’s use of a private email server would be reopened.
Two days before the November election, Mr Comey wrote another letter to Congress saying there was no new evidence and she would not face criminal charges.
“Now we all know you think that James Comey cost you the election — and he might have — but so did a handful of other things. It’s a year later, and time to move on,” a Vanity Fair editor says in the video.
Vanity Fair slammed for ‘sexist’ post
The backlash included a tweet from actress Patricia Arquette with her own proposal to Vanity Fair — stop telling women what they should or can do.
Patricia Arquette tweet: Hey STOP TELLING WOMEN WHAT THE F-CK THEY SHOULD DO OR CAN DO. Get over your mommy issues.
Many have claimed the video was sexist and the hashtag #CancelVanityFair is trending.
Tweet dictionary.com: The word for telling a woman with a law degree from Yale to take up knitting is … http://www.dictionary.com/browse/sexist
Tweet Robert Shearer: Does Vanity Fair NOT realize how many readers of their magazine they have just alienated? They mock the first woman to ever win the popular vote in a general election? A woman who got the second most votes EVER!
The hashtag was started by Mrs Clinton’s former adviser Peter Daou, who is encouraging people to boycott the magazine.
Many Liberals claim they are burning Vanity Fair and purchasing online subscriptions, just so they can cancel them.
Tweet Peter Daou: So @VanityFair decided that the best way to end 2017 was to take a repulsive cheap shot at @HillaryClinton, one of the most accomplished women in the history of the United States.