Many who supported former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election have stated their intention to cancel their subscriptions to Vanity Fair in response to a video many have considered to be sexist.
The magazine posted a video on Sunday suggesting a few New Year’s resolutions for the former Democratic presidential nominee.
Maybe it's time for Hillary Clinton to take up a new hobby in 2018 pic.twitter.com/sbE78rA5At
— VANITY FAIR (@VanityFair) December 23, 2017
The video suggested six resolutions for Clinton in 2018:
1. A sequel to her book, “What Happened,” called “What the Hell Happened.”
2. Have someone on her tech team disable her iPhone’s auto fill so she doesn’t accidentally type ‘Form Exploratory Committee for 2020’
3. Practice her alternate nostril breathing
4. Take more pictures in the woods to run into unsuspecting hikers
5. Take up hobbies like volunteer work, knitting or improv comedy
6. Put away her James Comey voodoo doll
Or as one person in the video suggested, “literally anything that’ll keep [her] from running again.”
“Now we all know that you think James Comey cost you the election, and he might have, but so did a handful of other things. It’s a year later, and it’s time to move on,” said another.
The creation of the video and the suggestiions to take up hobbies such as knitting left a bad taste in the mouth of many who saw the bit. Those angry with the video tweeted #CancelVanityFair to encourage others to cancel their subscriptions to the magazine.
Thanks @Eviljohna. And thanks to my friends/followers for amplifying your tweet about #CancelVanityFair. Suggesting the first woman to be a major party presidential nominee should take up knitting is a stunning lack of judgment on @VanityFair's part. Especially to end 2017. https://t.co/sWhhpLgyss
— Peter Daou (@peterdaou) December 27, 2017
Check your ego @mekosoff. Own your mistake. It’s not about Hillary-it’s telling a public servant, former First Lady, former Secretary of State and 1st major party woman presidential candidate to shut up & knit. Your Hillary hatred is alienating readers. #CancelVanityFair
— Cynthia Stern (@CynthiaStern17) December 27, 2017
Does Vanity Fair NOT realize how many readers of their magazine they have just alienated? They mock the first woman to ever win the popular vote in a general election? A woman who got the second most votes EVER! #CancelVanityFair
— GalaxyHunter (@robjshearer) December 27, 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
— Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) December 27, 2017
However, the outrage seemed to only swirl on Twitter (in select corners of the site, at that), and Vanity Fair is not the first to question Clinton’s post-election presence, which extended well into 2017.
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who himself lost an election to President Barack Obama in 2008, told Esquire in November that it was time for Clinton “to move on” from 2016.
“What’s the f*****g point? Keep the fight up? History will judge that campaign, and it’s always a period of time before they do,” he said. “You’ve got to move on. This is Hillary’s problem right now: She doesn’t have anything to do.”
“You’ve got to understand that you can’t rewrite history,” he added. “One of the almost irresistible impulses you have when you lose is to somehow justify why you lost and how you were mistreated: ‘I did the right thing! I did!’ The hardest thing to do is to just shut up.”
Other Clinton supporters, including those who worked with her campaign, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), and “Saturday Night Live,” have either criticized or made fun of the way she’s handled her election loss. CNN anchor John King even joked during a televised panel that “Russians cloaked Wisconsin” so Clinton “couldn’t find it on a map to get there and campaign there.”
When interviewed by “CBS Sunday Morning” host Jane Pauley in September, Clinton said that her career as “an active politician” was “over.”