Today in SHOCKING, a boss infamous for their emotionally abusive management style admits that maaaybe their company’s toxic ways have been “hurtful and intolerant.” No, it’s not _________ (fill in the blank with literally any place any of us have ever worked… corporations are terrible, and many CEOs are finally being forced to ‘fess up to save face/money). This time it’s Anna Wintour of Vogue.
In a note sent out to staff last Thursday, Anna wrote (via Page Six):
I want to start by acknowledging your feelings and expressing my empathy towards what so many of you are going through: sadness, hurt, and anger too.
I want to say this especially to the Black members of our team — I can only imagine what these days have been like.
I immediately call bullshit on Anna’s claim that she’s expressing the emotion of empathy. As former bestie André Leon Talley said, Anna-Bot is not capable of “simple human kindness”. I will agree, though, with Anna-bot’s statement that she can “only imagine” their pain.
It goes on:
But I also know that the hurt, and violence, and injustice we’re seeing and talking about have been around for a long time. Recognizing it and doing something about it is overdue.
I want to say plainly that I know Vogue has not found enough ways to elevate and give space to Black editors, writers, photographers, designers and other creators. We have made mistakes too, publishing images or stories that have been hurtful or intolerant. I take full responsibility for those mistakes.
It can’t be easy to be a Black employee at Vogue, and there are too few of you. I know that it is not enough to say we will do better, but we will — and please know that I value your voices and responses as we move forward. I am listening and would like to hear your feedback and your advice if you would like to share either.
I am proud of the content we have published on our site over these past few days but I also know that there is much more work to do. Please don’t hesitate to be in touch with me directly. I am arranging ways we can discuss these issues together candidly, but in the meantime, I welcome your thoughts or reactions.
This is a historic and heartbreaking moment for our country and it should be a time of listening, reflection, and humility for those of us in positions of privilege and authority. It should also be a time of action and commitments. On a corporate level, work is being done to support organizations in a real way. These actions will be announced as soon as possible.
Wow. How big of Anna. Oops, sorry “big” is an insult in the fashion world. Let me try again… what a heavy statement for Anna to make. Oh boy, I done did it again! Geez, um, how about: A very thin woman made her PR department write some crap to save her ass from getting fired.
This is not Anna’s year (although, to be fair, 2020 is no one’s year, except for maybe the murder hornets and Jeff Bezos). A few weeks ago, she was dragged by André Leon Talley in his memoir The Chiffon Trenches. He called her and other Vogue editors for racist behavior, which included their lack of response to his Washington Post op-ed about how significant Beyoncé’s 2018 Vogue cover was for the black community, and Anna’s “racist jab” at his idea to include an African tribal photograph in a fashion spread.
But come on, we all know this is corporate bullshit. Do you really think the worker bees of Vogue will feel comfortable directly emailing Anna Wintour and popping off about all the abuse they’ve suffered? Her former assistant wrote a book about her and titled it The DEVIL Wears Prada.