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Alexi McCammond

Alexi McCammond is an American political journalist and writer. As a reporter for Axios, she contributed to NBC and MSNBC, and covered the 2020 Biden Presidential Campaign. In 2019 she was named Emerging Journalist of the Year by the National Association for Black Journalists and in 2020 she appeared on Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list.

  1. 22 March 2021

    Hosts and Guests of “Morning Joe” Defend McCammond

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  2. 18 March 2021

    McCammond Resigns from Teen Vogue Editor in Chief Position

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  3. March 2021

    Advertisers Temporarily Suspend Partnership with Condé Nast

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  4. 10 March 2021

    McCammond Posts Public Apology on Twitter

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  5. 10 March 2021

    The Asian American Journalists Association Calls on Condé Nast to Ensure AAPI Inclusion

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  6. 9 March 2021

    Former Teen Vogue Editor in Chief Calls Tweets “Abhorrent and Indefensible”

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  7. 8 March 2021 - March 2021

    Social Media Users Question McCammond Backlash

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  8. 8 March 2021

    McCammond Writes Letter to Teen Vogue Staff

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  9. 8 March 2021

    Teen Vogue Staff Express Dissent over McCammond’s Appointment

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  10. 7 March 2021

    Social Media Users Criticize Condé Nast for McCammond’s Appointment

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  11. 5 March 2021

    Teen Vogue Announces McCammond as New Editor in Chief

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  12. 2020

    McCammond is Featured on Forbes’ 30 Under 30 Media List

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  13. 20 November 2019

    McCammond Apologizes For Resurfaced Tweets

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  14. 24 June 2019

    McCammond is Named Emerging Journalist of the Year by the National Association of Black Journalists

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  15. 2017 - 2020

    McCammond Reports for Axios and Contributes to NBC and MSNBC

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  16. 2015 - 2016

    McCammond Writes for Cosmopolitan and Bustle

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  17. 2011

    Alexi McCammond Posts Tweets Referencing Asian Stereotypes at Age 17

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  • #Racism
  • #Anti-AAPI

Alexi McCammond faced criticism in 2019 after several of her tweets resurfaced from 2011 that were labeled “racist” and “homophobic.” McCammond, working for Axios as a reporter at the time, apologized for the tweets and deleted them. 

On March 5, 2021, Condé Nast announced McCammond as the new editor in chief of Teen Vogue. Teen Vogue staff and social media users objected to McCammond as editor, citing the Asian racial stereotypes of her 2011 tweets as untimely and inexcusable given the context of rising anti-Asian sentiments during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

McCammond resigned from the Teen Vogue position on March 18, 2021.

In late 2011, when McCammond was a freshman at the University of Chicago, she posted a series of tweets that contained derogatory language directed at Asian Americans. 

The first tweet, written September 3, said, “now googling how to not wake up with swollen asian eyes...”

The second tweet was posted October 15 and read, “give me a 2/10 on my chem problem, cross out all of my work, and don’t explain what I did wrong..thanks a lot stupid asian T.A. you’re great.”

The third tweet on November 8 said, “Outdone by Asian #whatsnew.”


Around the same time frame, McCammond retweeted news of MLB umpire, Dale Scott, coming out as gay, saying, “Why is this ‘newsworthy’? It’s not.” She also retweeted a Twitter user who wrote, “I thought you were a lakers fan, you bandwagoning homo,” and replied, “hahahahahhaaaa Thanks Robbie.” Another of her tweets mentioned a Twitter user followed by, “hahahahah you’re so gay.”


On November 20, 2019, McCammond called out former NBA star, Charles Barkley, on Twitter for threatening remarks he had made off the record. In response, Twitter users found McCammond’s tweets from 2011 and posted screenshots of them in the comments. 

McCammond later tweeted, “Today I was reminded of some past insensitive tweets, and I am deeply sorry to anyone I offended. I have since deleted those tweets as they do not reflect my views or who I am today.”

After Condé Nast announced McCammond as the new editor in chief of Teen Vogue on March 5, 2019, many social media users voiced concerns over her past tweets. 

One of the most widely shared and interacted with Instagram posts came from Diana Tsui, the Editorial Director of the restaurant recommendation website, The Infatuation. On March 7, Tsui, wrote in the first image of the carousel, “Let’s talk about Condé Nast HR and this questionable hire for Teen Vogue EIC.” The captions reads, “I’m tired of big media organizations pretending to give a damn about diversity and inclusion. And this especially is a slap in the face given what’s happened to Asian Americans in the past year.”

The next slide reads, “Maybe we can give her some benefit of the doubt as these were done when she was still a student. But her ‘apology’ which was only after people caught them in 2019, referred to them as ‘deeply insensitive’. They are not ‘insensitive’, they are racist.” 

She continued in the next slide, “When we talk about accountability versus cancel culture, we need to talk about how this should have been addressed […] in light of the current national discourse about Asian racism.” Tsui disabled comments for this and other posts she made about McCammond and Condé Nast. 

Writer and influencer, Arabelle Sicari, also posted about the controversy on her Instagram story, saying, “The number of TIMES Condé Nast has exhausted the good will and efforts of queer and people of color leadership and then hired a MESS to take over for them with LESS experience and LESS goodwill and NO investment in the communities they serve. It’s like they WANT to fail into obsolescence.”

In the next post, Sicari wrote, “Anti Asian sentiment has been in the fashion and media industry for ever [...] To intentionally hire someone with this public history - right now - is an affirmation of white supremacy.”


Skincare and cosmetic formulator, Stephen Alain Ko, posted about the controversy on March 7 as well, calling McCammond’s tweets “racist.” Ko wrote of McCammond’s 2019 apology, “It’s not my desire to accept this apology. Instead I would like to share with you some experiences that I would like to ‘delete’, that have shaped ‘who I am today’ and ‘reflect’ what it means to move in our culture as an Asian.” 

Ko goes on to list his experiences from birth to present in which he experienced discrimination as an Asian American, finally ending with, “In 2021, I would be disappointed in a magazine that I contributed free labour to — make a decision that pushed me back into the margins.”

On March 8, 20 members of the Teen Vogue staff wrote a letter to Condé Nast management expressing their dissent of McCammond’s appointment “in light of her past racist and homophobic tweets.” In addition, several staff members posted a statement to Twitter acknowledging to the public their disagreement with Teen Vogue’s decision to hire McCammond. 

The statement said, “In a moment of historically high anti-Asian violence and amid the ongoing struggles of the LGBTQ community, we as the staff of Teen Vogue fully reject those sentiments. We are hopeful that an internal conversation will prove fruitful in maintaining the integrity granted to us by our audience.”

Twitter users responded to the staff notes, some applauding their actions and others defending McCammond’s character. Jim VandeHei, a fellow Axios journalist, wrote, “She apologized long ago; grew bigtime. […] great, strong, caring leader,” while another user emphasized that “... The future means someone w/o racist, homophobic, transphobic, sexist or predatory tendencies will get the job.”

After the public statement from Teen Vogue staff members, McCammond wrote an internal letter to the team that was later leaked to the press. 

The letter stated, “I’m beyond sorry for what you have experienced over the last twenty-four hours because of me. You’ve seen some offensive, idiotic tweets from when I was a teenager that perpetuated harmful and racist stereotypes about Asian Americans. I apologized for them years ago, but I want to be clear today: I apologize deeply to all of you for the pain this has caused. There’s no excuse for language like that. I am determined to use the lessons I’ve learned as a journalist to advocate for a more diverse and equitable world. [...] I want you to know I am committed to amplifying AAPI voices across our platforms ...”

On March 9, former Teen Vogue Editor in Chief, Elaine Welteroth, spoke about McCammond’s tweets as a co-host on the CBS show “The Talk.” Welteroth said, “Her tweets were racist and abhorrent and indefensible. Period. And I think at a time like this where there is this call for accountability around anti-Asian sentiment and racist, violent actions against Asian people, we do need to speak up. And I think that we also need to elevate the voices of the Asian community especially within the fashion and media industry.” Welteroth then read a quote from Diana Tsui’s Instagram post.

The Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) published a statement on March 10 regarding McCammond’s tweets. The statement, written largely by Jessica Xiao, AAJA’s Director of Communications and Strategic Engagement, called on Condé Nast to “[...] publicly, forcefully and concretely show its commitment to fair, accurate and comprehensive coverage of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities, and to ensure a safe and inclusive workplace for its AAPI employees.”

The statement further read, “We denounce the racist tweets. But we also believe that there is room for everyone to acknowledge, learn and grow from past mistakes. We support the long overdue appointment of more journalists of color and women for top leadership positions. And we believe in this moment’s potential for difficult conversations around allyship, and learning how we can better support each other.”

Xiao wrote that AAJA had been in conversation with McCammond and Condé Nast, saying, “Today, we spoke with McCammond and the chief diversity officer at Conde Nast about their efforts to understand and address our community’s concerns. We look forward to continuing our dialogue and being a resource and thought partner as they work to build an even more inclusive newsroom and produce thoughtful and equitable coverage that includes AAPI communities. As always, AAJA stands ready to help.”

On March 10, McCammond tweeted a lengthy apology addressing readers, staff, and management. Though the tweet has since been deleted, the document containing the apology is still publicly accessible.

McCammond began the letter writing, “This has been one of the hardest weeks of my life, in large part because of the intense pain I know my words and my announcement have caused so many of you. [...] I am so sorry to have used such hurtful and inexcusable language. At any point in my life, it's totally unacceptable. I hear that you're hurt, angry, confused, and skeptical of how we move on from here. I probably would be too if I were you."

The letter ends with an address to the staff at Teen Vogue and to the Asian American and Pacific Islander community, “In the coming weeks, I’ll be putting together and sharing a more comprehensive plan about Teen Vogue’s editorial commitment to uplifting and reflecting the true complexities and beauties of the [Asian American and Pacific Islander] community. I’m heartened by the conversations I’ve had thus far with [Asian American Journalists Association] and other industry leaders who are willing to help me think through how I will begin implementing lasting, longterm, critical changes to our coverage and who share my desire to ensure that we remain a safe and inclusive workplace.”

On March 18, 2021, McCammond announced her resignation as editor in chief for Teen Vogue in a statement via Twitter. 

McCammond wrote, “My past tweets have overshadowed the work I’ve done to highlight the people and issues that I care about issues that Teen Vogue has worked tirelessly to share with the world and so Condé Nast and I have decided to part ways.”

She went on to say, “I should not have tweeted what I did and I have taken full responsibility for that. I look at my work and growth in the years since, and have redoubled my commitment to growing in the years to come as both a person and as a professional. I wish the talented team at Teen Vogue the absolute best moving forward.”

Following the apology, social media users commented with varying degrees of support and criticism of McCammond and Teen Vogue. One user said, “you don’t get to say ‘let’s move on’ if you aren’t a part of the community that was on the receiving end of [McCammond’s] comments-”, while another user wrote, “I’m sorry that we live in such an unforgiving environment where deeply heartfelt contrition for ignorant childhood words will not be granted any grace. ...”

Political commentator Chris Hayes tweeted on March 9, “I’m really fine if we all just agree to make a ‘tweets from minors no matter how bad don’t count in adult life’ rule and apply that across the board.”

Political analyst Mehdi Hasan tweeted on March 8, in response to Max Tani’s reporting on the McCammond controversy in The Daily Beast, “Are people seriously suggesting that a young black woman should be fired because of (undeniably racist) tweets she posted a decade ago, as a teenager, that she has already apologized for, a while back? I mean, isn’t changing, growing, evolving, regretting, part of being human?”

On the morning of March 22, 2021, four days after McCammond resigned, Rev. Al Sharpton, Professor Eddie Glaude, Jr., NBC News contributor Kurt Bardella, and journalist Cat Rakowski sat down with “Morning Joe” hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski on MSNBC to discuss the controversy.

The conversation, centered around the topic of forgiveness and accountability amidst cancel culture, was prefaced by statistics showing Americans’ dissatisfaction with cancel culture alongside Brzezinski reading an excerpt from Graeme Wood’s article in the Atlantic titled, “America Has Forgotten How to Forgive.”

Bardella was first to answer the question of what he thought of McCammond’s resignation, saying, “I thought it was a remarkable act of cowardice on Condé Nast’s part to do what they did to Alexi. I know Alexi. She is someone that I am very glad to call a friend. She is someone, actually who I think of as being very tolerant … If we are going to live in a society where someone can’t be given the opportunity and the room to go through that growth experience, then I don’t know what the hell we’re all doing up here...” 

Bardella later continued, “There is such a far departure from where that conversation begins [anti-Asian discrimination] and what has actually happened with Alexi. Completely different. Not even in the same solar system. For the Asian American community, which this is somewhat about, in my opinion, this is a massive loss for us to lose someone who would have unquestionably been a strong advocate for our community.”

Brzezinski then addressed Professor Eddie Glaude, Jr., recalling Galude’s tweet from March 20 quoting James Baldwin: “‘I would like us to do something unprecedented: to create ourselves without finding it necessary to create an enemy.’ -James Baldwin.” It was a tweet that McCammond had retweeted from Glaude that same day.

Glaude responded, “We have to hold off a kind of over-heated virtue that leads to these judgements. … I was horrified that these tweets of Alexi’s haunted her from when she was 17… [But] I’m thinking about the young folk who are in that newsroom at Teen Vogue, I’m thinking about … Alexi, even though she apologizes, does she need to lead in this moment?”

Rev. Sharpton, when asked for his opinion, said, “I think we have to have a culture of accountability … I’ve said things that I’ve had to apologize for … But they will always try to use that in a ‘cancel’ way … Yes, be accountable, but yes, move on and grow.”

Later in the discussion, Bardella emphasized that “Nothing is more powerful than taking someone who may have transgressed at some point and turning them into an advocate.” 

“What I hope Alexi will do,” Glaude said, “what I know she will do, is to continue to be the reporter that she is. And … to be an example of this earned togetherness close to the ground.”

Brzezinski responded, “Eddie, she will be … She’s actually doing everything that needs to be done again and again and again … Companies need to change. Companies need to admit when something is wrong. Teen Vogue needs to turn it around. We need an environment where when someone has done something wrong, they can apologize … I’ll stand up for Alexi. She shouldn’t have been fired. Hands down. I’m not afraid to say it. Is anyone else?”

Rakowski, who had written an article for NBC News the day prior about atonement amidst anti-Asian discrimination, delivered her closing remarks, saying, “I think there are so many people who are fixated on their anger. And it may be righteous anger. That’s not enough. We need to move forward, we need to move through it … Grace and accountability live happily together if we can get there. ”

During the height of the controversy, Ulta Beauty paused its advertising partnership with Condé Nast. In a statement made to the Daily Beast, a company spokesperson said, “Diversity and inclusion are core values at Ulta Beauty—and always have been.. “Our current spend with Teen Vogue is paused as we work with Condé Nast to evaluate the situation and determine next steps regarding our partnership.”

Burt’s Bees also reportedly suspended partnership with the magazine at the time.

On March 18, 2021, McCammond announced her resignation as editor in chief for Teen Vogue in a statement via Twitter. 

McCammond wrote, “My past tweets have overshadowed the work I’ve done to highlight the people and issues that I care about - issues that Teen Vogue has worked tirelessly to share with the world - and so Condé Nast and I have decided to part ways.”

She went on to say, “I should not have tweeted what I did and I have taken full responsibility for that. I look at my work and growth in the years since, and have redoubled my commitment to growing in the years to come as both a person and as a professional. I wish the talented team at Teen Vogue the absolute best moving forward. ”