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Olivia Munn says it is ‘important’ for Alexi McCammond to label her past tweets as ‘racist’

Olivia Munn is reacting to past racially insensitive tweets made by Teen Vogue’s newest editor in chief Alexi McCammond, which resurfaced online over the weekend.

Munn, 40, believes it is ‘important’ for McCammond, who has since issued an apology, to explicitly label her past remarks as ‘racist,’ instead of beating around the bush.

‘I think it’s important for people to hear her say that these were racist comments and there’s nothing excusable about [them],’ the actress told NBC News’ Vicky Nguyen in an interview set to air on Wednesday night.

Reacting: Olivia Munn is reacting to past racially insensitive tweets made by Teen Vogue’s newest editor in chief Alexi McCammond, which resurfaced online over the weekend; Olivia pictured in 2019

Alexi’s ‘offensive, idiotic tweets,’ which were originally published in 2011 and have since been deleted, included derogatory comments towards Asians and frequent use of the words ‘gay’ and ‘homo’ as insults.

Munn continued: ‘I think that for myself and other people in our community, it would just be nice for her to just say exactly what it is. 

‘Call it what it is, it was, it was a racist stupid remark,’ stressed Olivia, who has been using her platform in recent weeks to speak out against Anti-Asian.

The Newsroom star admitted to Nguyen that McCammond’s tweets were ‘hard to read,’ and caused her to recall traumatic memories from her own childhood regarding ignorance towards her Asian heritage. 

‘I remember growing up and having people tease me for my mom’s Asian eyes, for my Asian eyes and it’s a triggering thing to read,’ she said.

Although Olivia believes that Alexi ‘should be judged more on how she’s taking the responsibility today,’ she also sees the potential for a redemption arc for the former Axios political reporter.

Call them what they are: Munn, 40, believes it is 'important' for McCammond, who has since issued an apology, to explicitly label her past remarks as 'racist,' instead of beating around the bush; Alexi pictured

Call them what they are: Munn, 40, believes it is ‘important’ for McCammond, who has since issued an apology, to explicitly label her past remarks as ‘racist,’ instead of beating around the bush; Alexi pictured

Alexi's 'offensive, idiotic tweets,' which were originally published in 2011 and have since been deleted, included derogatory comments towards Asians and frequent use of the words 'gay' and 'homo' as insults

Alexi’s ‘offensive, idiotic tweets,’ which were originally published in 2011 and have since been deleted, included derogatory comments towards Asians and frequent use of the words ‘gay’ and ‘homo’ as insults 

‘We’ve all said silly things and she was 17 at the time. So, I definitely think there is, you know, a lot that we have to kind of give her some grace on for that,’ she concluded.

Munn’s candid interview will be featured in a special on NBC News NOW titled The Racism Virus, which is set to air at 8pm ET.

It is presented by NBC News NOW and NBC Asian America. 

McCammond apologized to Teen Vogue employees on Monday after 20 staffers publicly slammed her over her 2011 tweets mocking Asians and gay people. 

The 27-year-old’s old tweets emerged over the weekend after she was named Teen Vogue’s new editor in chief on Friday. 

The staffers then penned a letter to parent company Conde Naste slamming McCammond’s ‘past racist and homophobic tweets’.

She apologized to her staff in an email on Monday for what she said were ‘offensive, idiotic tweets’. 

Hard to read: The Newsroom star admitted to Nguyen that McCammond's tweets were 'hard to read,' and caused her to recall traumatic memories from her own childhood regarding ignorance towards her Asian heritage; Olivia pictured in 2020

Hard to read: The Newsroom star admitted to Nguyen that McCammond’s tweets were ‘hard to read,’ and caused her to recall traumatic memories from her own childhood regarding ignorance towards her Asian heritage; Olivia pictured in 2020

‘You’ve seen some offensive, idiotic tweets from when I was a teenager that perpetuated harmful and racist stereotypes about Asian Americans,’ she wrote. ‘There’s no excuse for language like that. 

‘I apologize deeply to all of you for the pain this has caused.’  

It comes just weeks after McCammond was embroiled in a scandal involving her White House boyfriend TJ Ducklo.

Ducklo, who worked as President Biden’s deputy press secretary, was forced to resign from the White House for threatening a Politico journalist who wanted to report on McCammond and Ducklo’s secret relationship. 

McCammond’s resurfaced tweets, which have been widely shared online, include one in which she wrote: ‘Googling how to not wake up with swollen Asian eyes’.

Another now-deleted tweet 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.’ 

Former Axios political reporter Alexi McCammond, 27, was named as Teen Vogue's new editor in chief last Friday. About 20 Teen Vogue staff on Monday criticized the appointment over tweets written by McCammond in 2011 when she was aged 17 and 18

Former Axios political reporter Alexi McCammond, 27, was named as Teen Vogue’s new editor in chief last Friday. About 20 Teen Vogue staff on Monday criticized the appointment over tweets written by McCammond in 2011 when she was aged 17 and 18

McCammond's boyfriend TJ Ducklo, who worked as President Biden's deputy press secretary, was forced to resign from the White House last month for threatening a Politico journalist who wanted to report on McCammond and Ducklo's relationship

McCammond’s boyfriend TJ Ducklo, who worked as President Biden’s deputy press secretary, was forced to resign from the White House last month for threatening a Politico journalist who wanted to report on McCammond and Ducklo’s relationship 

McCammond also used ‘gay’ and ‘homo’ as insults online and questioned why an article about baseball umpire Dale Scott coming out as gay was ‘newsworthy’.

The statement from Teen Vogue staffers, which is being widely shared on Twitter, says: ‘As more than 20 members of the staff of Teen Vogue, we’ve built our outlet’s reputation as a voice for justice and change – we take immense pride in our work and in creating an inclusive environment.  

‘That’s why we have written a letter to management at Condé Nast about the recent hire of Alexi McCammond as our new editor-in-chief in light of her past racist and homophobic tweets. 

‘We’ve heard the concerns of our readers, and we stand with you. In a moment of historically high anti-Asian violence and amid the on-going 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.’     

In her apology, McCammond said she was committed to earning back the trust of the employees.

About 20 Teen Vogue staffers penned a letter (above) to parent company Conde Naste on Monday after a series of tweets written by McCammond when she was 17 and 18 resurfaced

About 20 Teen Vogue staffers penned a letter (above) to parent company Conde Naste on Monday after a series of tweets written by McCammond when she was 17 and 18 resurfaced 

She said she was committed to ‘building upon the groundbreaking, inclusive work this title is known for the world over’. 

In addition to their public statement, staff are also believed to have express concerns privately to Condé Nast’s CEO Roger Lynch and global chief content officer Anna Wintour, The Daily Beast reports.  

In a statement, a Condé Nast spokesman said: ‘Alexi McCammond was appointed editor-in-chief of Teen Vogue because of the values, inclusivity and depth she has displayed through her journalism. 

‘Throughout her career she has dedicated herself to being a champion for marginalized voices. Two years ago she took responsibility for her social media history and apologized.’ 

This referenced an incident in 2019 when McCammond also made headlines when she accused former NBA star Charles Barkley of saying to her: ‘I don’t hit women but if I did I would hit you.’ 

Last month, McCammond's boyfriend TJ Duclo resigned as White House Deputy Press Secretary after he reportedly threatened reporter Tara Palmeri

White House Deputy Press Secretary TJ Ducklo (above) resigned after threatening a reporter who was working on a story about his romantic relationship

Last month, McCammond’s boyfriend TJ Duclo resigned as White House Deputy Press Secretary after he reportedly threatened reporter Tara Palmeri

THE SCANDAL INVOLVING MCCAMMOND’S WHITE HOUSE BOYFRIEND: 

Alexi McCammond’s boyfriend, TJ Ducklo, resigned as White House Deputy Press Secretary last month after he threatened a reporter who was working on a story about his secret romantic relationship.

Vanity Fair had revealed that Ducklo had made threats – including ‘I will destroy you’ – to Politico correspondent Tara Palmeri, who was reporting a piece about Ducklo’s romance. 

At the time, Palmeri had reached out to McCammond to ask her about the romance while one of Palmeri’s male colleagues contacted Ducklo about it. 

Ducklo called Palmeri, instead of her male colleague, and made the threats in a bid to kill the story. 

He told her he would ‘destroy’ her and accused her of being jealous that an unidentified man in the past had ‘wanted to f**k’ McCammond ‘and not you.’ 

‘I will destroy you,’ Ducklo told Palmeri, sources told the magazine, adding that he would ruin her reputation if the story about his relationship was published. 

The White House came under fire at the time for initially only deciding to suspend Ducklo for one week without pay, despite Biden’s vow of a zero-tolerance policy for abusive behavior in his administration. 

Ducklo later resigned.  

He was speaking off the record and later apologized for his comments, but it led to his fans digging through McCammond’s old tweets in a bid to discredit her.

She said at the time: ‘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.’

Some at Teen Vogue have also reportedly expressed concern over McCammond’s lack of experience, with many existing editors at the magazine believing they are more qualified for the job.  

She won praise for her coverage of the Trump White House at Axios and in 2019 was named the emerging journalist of the year by the National Association of Black Journalists. 

Last month, McCammond’s boyfriend TJ Ducklo resigned as White House Deputy Press Secretary after he reportedly threatened a reporter who was working on a story about his secret romantic relationship. 

Vanity Fair had revealed that Ducklo had made threats – including ‘I will destroy you’ – to Politico correspondent Tara Palmeri, who was reporting a piece about Ducklo’s romance.

An Axios spokeswoman said at the time that McCammond had disclosed her relationship with Ducklo to her editors in November and was reassigned from a beat covering the White House. 

At the time, Palmeri had reached out to McCammond to ask her about the romance while one of Palmeri’s male colleagues contacted Ducklo about it. 

Ducklo called Palmeri, instead of her male colleague, and made the threats in a bid to kill the story.  

He told her he would ‘destroy’ her and accused her of being jealous that an unidentified man in the past had ‘wanted to f**k’ McCammond ‘and not you.’ 

‘I will destroy you,’ Ducklo told Palmeri, sources told the magazine, adding that he would ruin her reputation if the story about his relationship was published.  

The White House came under fire at the time for initially only deciding to suspend Ducklo for one week without pay, despite Biden’s vow of a zero-tolerance policy for abusive behavior in his administration. 

Ducklo had allegedly made threats - including 'I will destroy you' - to Politico correspondent Tara Palmeri (above), who was planning to report on Ducklo's romance with McCammond

Ducklo had allegedly made threats – including ‘I will destroy you’ – to Politico correspondent Tara Palmeri (above), who was planning to report on Ducklo’s romance with McCammond

The White House came under fire at the time for initially only deciding to suspend Ducklo for one week without pay, despite Biden's vow of a zero-tolerance policy for abusive behavior in his administration. Ducklo later resigned

The White House came under fire at the time for initially only deciding to suspend Ducklo for one week without pay, despite Biden’s vow of a zero-tolerance policy for abusive behavior in his administration. Ducklo later resigned 

Journalists heavily criticized the suspension as inadequate, saying it was a signal that reporters were fair game for abuse in the new administration. 

In a statement following his resignation, Ducklo said in a statement: ‘It was language that was abhorrent, disrespectful, and unacceptable.

‘I know this was terrible. I know I can’t take it back. But I also know I can learn from it and do better, This incident is not representative of who I am as a person, and I will be determined to earn back the trust of everyone I have let down because of my intolerable actions.

‘I am devastated to have embarrassed and disappointed my White House colleagues and President Biden, and after a discussion with White House communications leadership tonight, I resigned my position and will not be returning from administrative leave. 

‘No words can express my regret, my embarrassment, and my disgust for my behavior. I used language that no woman should ever have to hear from anyone, especially in a situation where she was just trying to do her job.’ 

The White House later confirmed Ducklo’s resignation, saying in a statement: ‘We accepted the resignation of TJ Ducklo after a discussion with him this evening.’

‘This conversation occurred with the support of the White House Chief of Staff. We are committed to striving every day to meet the standard set by the President in treating others with dignity and respect, with civility and with a value for others through our words and our actions.’


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