If you’ve been living under a rock for the past thirty or so years, you have probably been living under Vogue Magazine editor-in-chief, Anna Wintour, who is about as cold and unfeeling as an actual rock. I’m basing this, of course, on the decades of industry gossip, the words that have directly come out of Anna’s mouth, and those “Go Ask Anna” videos on YouTube, in which she can barely hold it together while pretending to be a relatable and feeling human being. Oh, and because I have eyes and ears.
As is the style nowadays, Anna (who never misses out on a trend) released an internal email to Vogue staff members last week, in which she acknowledged the lack of diversity at the magazine but mostly used go-to terms like “we will do better” and “I value your voices”…blah blah blah. Well, former Vogue editor-at-large, André Leon Talley, continued to burn that bridge, which is just a pile of ash now, and called Anna out.
People Magazine is reporting that André was on Sandra Bernhard’s SiriusXM show Sandyland. And on it, he discussed his relationship with Anna, her bullshit memo, and states that Samira Nasr, the newly appointed (and first black female) Editor-in-Chief of Vogue-rival Harper’s Bazaar, will affect Anna’s power base––and basically implies that THAT’S why Anna released her statement:
“The statement came out of a world of white privilege. I want to say one thing: Dame Anna Wintour is a colonial broad,” Talley told Bernhard. “She’s a colonial Dame…she’s part of an environment of colonialism. She is entitled and I do not think she will ever let anything get in the way of her white privilege.”
The two then drew comparisons to the NFL commissioner, Roger Goodell, who also released a bullshit statement earlier in the week, denouncing racism but not actually mentioning the name of the movement.
“Own up to it, dear,” he added. “All I’m asking for his human decency and kindness.”
In a related story published yesterday by Business of Fashion, Anna categorically denied any claims that she would step down as Vogue Editor-in-chief or as Artistic Director of Condé Nast.
Here’s a sample of the Sandyland interview:
Now, I’ll admit, that listening to Sandra Bernhard and Andre Leon Talley shout words of encouragement at one another over a janky Zoom call with a 2-second delay so that they are always cutting each other off while peppering their sentences with “darling” and “my dear”, is my idea of Hell. Like, seriously, this screaming conversation is definitely played on a 24-hour loop over the loudspeakers just inside the actual Gates of Hell. But the message has been heard loud and clear. Although, I doubt Anna will respond, because she’s probably too busy working on Vogue’s more diversified issue, which will feature Kylie Jenner in darker-than-normal-bronzer on the cover, I’m sure. And after the Lady A fiasco, expect Lady A(ntebellum) to change their name to Colonial Dame.