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Vanity Fair under fire for a video deemed insulting to Hillary Clinton

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The Straits Times

New York, United States  /  Fri, December 29, 2017  /  01:09 pm
Vanity Fair under fire for a video deemed insulting to Hillary Clinton

This file photo taken on Nov. 07, 2016 shows former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton pausing while speaking during a rally at the Grand Valley State University Fieldhouse in Allendale, Michigan. Clinton says she is "done" being a political candidate, and that her shock US presidential loss last year to Donald Trump remains a source of deep anguish. "It still is very painful. It hurts a lot," the 2016 Democratic nominee said in an interview on CBS Sunday Morning, the first in a series of appearances to highlight the upcoming publication of "What Happened," her memoir about the campaign. (Agence France -Presse/Brendan Smialowski)

Vanity Fair has apologised after drawing flak for remarks suggesting that Hillary Clinton should "take up knitting"instead of running for office again.

In a video titled "6 New Year's Resolutions for Hillary Clinton", staff members of the American magazine had a list of suggestions aimed at Clinton, who lost the presidential election to Donald Trump last year.

One says she should "take up a new hobby in the new year: volunteer work, knitting, improve comedy - literally anything that will keep you from running again".

Other suggestions include "start working on your sequel to your book, What Happened: What the Hell Happened" and taking more photos in the woods "because how else are you going to meet unsuspecting hikers?"

Peter Daou, former aide to Clinton and John Kerry, jumped to her defence. "So Vanity Fair decided that the best way to end 2017 was to take a repulsive cheap shot at Hillary Clinton, one of the most accomplished women in the history of the United States," he tweeted.

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Actress Patricia Arquette tweeted: "Stop telling women what the f-ck they should do or can do. Get over your mommy issues."

In a statement four days after the video was published, the magazine said that the video was an attempt at humour that regrettably "missed the mark".

But even its apology drew flak - from the White House no less.

"Vanity Fair, which looks like it is on its last legs, is bending over backwards in apologising for the minor hit they took at Crooked H[ILLARY]," [/ILLARY]US President Donald Trump tweeted.

Anna Wintour "is beside herself in grief & begging for forgiveness!", he added.

Wintour, however, is the editor-in-chief of Vogue, not Vanity Fair. But she serves as the artistic director of Conde Nast, the parent company which publishes both titles.

This article appeared on The Straits Times newspaper website, which is a member of Asia News Network and a media partner of The Jakarta Post