Twitter Users Blast ‘Sexist’ Vanity Fair Video Suggesting Hillary Clinton ‘Take Up Knitting’
The magazine Vanity Fair has come under criticism for creating a Dec. 23, 2017
video entitled “6 New Year’s Resolutions for Hillary Clinton.” In the Vanity Fair Hillary Clinton video, six white magazine editors suggest that failed Democratic U.S. Presidential candidate “take more photos in the woods,” put away her “James Comey voodoo doll” and take up knitting, improv comedy or “literally anything that’ll keep [her] from running again,” even though Clinton herself has already said that she won’t run for president again.
Vanity Fair released the video as part of a series suggesting New Year’s resolutions for others, including White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and U.S. President Donald Trump. However, Twitter commenters accused Vanity Fair of using veiled sexism to criticize the first woman ever to secure a presidential nomination from a major U.S. political party, according to The Washington Post.
Here is the Vanity Fair Hillary Clinton video:
Maybe it's time for Hillary Clinton to take up a new hobby in 2018 pic.twitter.com/sbE78rA5At
— VANITY FAIR (@VanityFair) December 23, 2017
Though many Twitter users criticized the video, @shuboogie’s comment accuses the video of implied sexism and condescension:
Furious they could gleefully humiliate a woman who fought so hard in a male world & worked for so much progress for the vulnerable: & condescending suggestion she ‘take up knitting’…. as if that’s what women should be doing – instead of giving their lives to politics & causes.
@Tristanshouts echoed @shuboogie’s outlook, albeit for slightly different reasons:
You are attacking a private citizen who dedicated her life to public service & became the first woman nominee for president of a major party. You are telling women everywhere to f*ck off & be silent if we don’t succeed at every attempt we make. How about you f*ck off instead.
Furious they could gleefully humiliate a woman who fought so hard in a male world & worked for so much progress for the vulnerable: & condescending suggestion she "take up knitting"….. as if that's what women should be doing – instead of giving their lives to politics & causes.
— feral (@shuboogie) December 26, 2017
The hashtag #CancelVanityFair began trending yesterday as commenters pledged to no longer subscribe to the magazine for its video.
Vanity Fair tech writer Maya Kosoff, the woman in the video who suggested that Clinton take up knitting, initially tweeted, “I don’t appreciate being taken out of context to make me seem super sexist. This wasn’t a Hillary hit piece either, FWIW! We made silly new years resolutions for a bunch of politicians.”
Beth Kseniak, a spokeswoman for Vanity Fair, has said of the video, “It was an attempt at humor and we regret that it missed the mark.”
Vanity Fair, which looks like it is on its last legs, is bending over backwards in apologizing for the minor hit they took at Crooked H. Anna Wintour, who was all set to be Amb to Court of St James’s & a big fundraiser for CH, is beside herself in grief & begging for forgiveness!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 28, 2017
Trump tried to weigh in with a tweet this morning, but he doesn’t seem to realize that fashionista Anna Wintour is the editor of the magazine Vogue, not Vanity Fair.