Vanity Fair released a video this week suggesting failed Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton “take up a new hobby in 2018.”
Vanity Fair’s Twitter posted the video as part of a series in which staffers on the magazine’s team, with a glass of wine in hand, give politicians six New Year’s resolutions. Previous videos targeted President Donald Trump and White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
However, the publication is receiving scores of online criticism for its video on Clinton, with some Twitter users calling for people to terminate their subscriptions to the popular magazine. The reason is because viewers found the suggestions to be sexist and insulting.
Staffers in the video advised Clinton to start working on a sequel to her latest book, take more photos in the woods, take up knitting or improv comedy — “literally anything that’ll keep you from running again,” Vanity Fair writer Maya Kosoff said.
Twitter users, including former Clinton advisers, responded with the following tweets:
Vanity Fair tl;dr: Six young white people holding glasses of champagne would like Hillary Clinton to abandon her life’s work and platform and just shut up. Good to know. https://t.co/cELDKdVmYd
— Summer Brennan (@summerbrennan) December 26, 2017
First Lady of Arkansas
First Lady of the United States
Secretary of State
1st Female Presidential Candidate Nominated by a Major Party…
Maybe it’s time for @VanityFair to take up a new hobby in 2018.#CancelVanityFair https://t.co/Vb9uEhNPWS
— Girls Really Rule. (@girlsreallyrule) December 27, 2017
The media: “Hillary Clinton is not relevant.”
Also the media: “Let’s keep publishing hot takes about how scandalous it is that Hillary Clinton is not in the kitchen.”#CancelVanityFair
— Matthew Chapman (@fawfulfan) December 27, 2017
What’s incredibly uncool is your horribly conceived and executed video telling a former First Lady, Secretary of State, and first woman major party presidential candidate to go away and take up knitting. Sexist and pointless trolling. #CancelVanityFair #resist #BoycottVanityFair
— Cynthia Stern (@CynthiaStern17) December 27, 2017
ok ok one last thing, imagine doing years of pro bono legal work in children’s advocacy and being lectured by vanity fair to “try volunteering” did they even skim her wikipedia page
— Anna Fitzpatrick (@bananafitz) December 27, 2017
Where’s the video that tells Mitt Romney to learn to crochet, Al Gore to take up baking or John McCain to sew something pretty? #CancelVanityFair
— TruPatriot Jules (@julescardello) December 27, 2017
Why are folks so upset? This is no different than when you told McCain, Romney and Gore to go volunteer or take up knitting after they lost.
What’s that you say? You DIDN’T tell them – or any other male presidential candidate – to do that?
Never mind. #CancelVanityFair
— Stephanie Jones (@StephanieJ_DC) December 27, 2017
Goodbye Vanity Fair! Have been unimpressed this past year and now disgusted at your “humorous” attack on HRC. Misogyny doesn’t suite anyone. Telling a brilliant woman to go knit? You can knit this!! 🖕🏼🖕🏼🖕🏼 #CancelVanityFair
— Irene Boniece (@irbnyc) December 27, 2017
— Maria_L (@iMaria_L) December 27, 2017
Now #CancelVanityFair is moving.
— Peter Daou (@peterdaou) December 27, 2017
Agree. It was embarrassingly not funny. And awkward to watch. I want to believe they gave each of those individuals an opt-out opportunity but they genuinely looked happy to do it.
— Adam Parkhomenko (@AdamParkhomenko) December 27, 2017
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