Alexi McCammond stepped down as editor of Teen Vogue after racist and homophobic tweets resurfaced from a decade ago.
McCammond, who was 17 when she wrote the tweets, apologized profusely after the internet recirculated the old tweets earlier this month.
The tweets included comments about the appearance of Asian features, derogatory stereotypes about Asians and LGBT+ slurs.
Screenshots of the old tweets were recirculated after Condé Nast announced her new gig at the helm of Teen Vogue on March 5.
As the outrage ensued on social media, Ulta Beauty and Burt’s Bees, major advertisers with Teen Vogue, suspended their campaigns with the publication.
One social media user wrote:
“I was happy to see a young, black, woman successful in a space that was NOT ALLOWED in my day but after reading her racist, comments… I am DONE! Sadly, she always seemed a little too cocky and now a racist, too!!!”
But others were willing to give McCammond another chance.
One Instagram user wrote:
“How is our culture supposed to evolve if we can’t forgive? She said these things when she was 17. Everyone here judging is secretly happy that they didn’t have Twitter when they were ignorant teenagers.”
Another user wrote:
“Wait that’s it? She basically only states that asian people exist and are not without fault. This, when tweeted at 17, is supposed to ruin someone’s career? Are you for fucking real? She’s not the problem, you are.”