Hillary Clinton supporters have railed against Vanity Fair after its political vertical suggested the former presidential nominee take up knitting.
Journalists from The Hive offered Clinton six New Year’s resolutions that would keep her out of politics in a short online video.
“Take up a new hobby in the New Year: volunteer work, knitting, improv comedy – literally anything that will keep you from running again,” writer Maya Kosoff said in the video, while drinking from a champagne flute.
The clip is part of a series in which staffers give politicians resolutions for 2018. US President Donald Trump and White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders have also been targets of the apparent attempt at light-hearted Christmas content.
But the Clinton iteration went down worse than gone-off eggnog. Viewers lashed the video as sexist and degrading to the former Secretary of State and 2016 Democrat nominee.
Outspoken actress Patricia Arquette told the journalists to “get over your mommy issues”.
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
“Hey STOP TELLING WOMEN WHAT THE F––K THEY SHOULD OR CAN DO.”
Clinton advisor Adam Parkhomenko described the video as “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.”
Hey STOP TELLING WOMEN WHAT THE F-CK THEY SHOULD DO OR CAN DO. Get over your mommy issues.
— Patricia Arquette (@PattyArquette) December 27, 2017
Former Clinton Advisor Peter Daou sparked the #CancelVanityFair hashtag and noted Clinton had been fending off “sexist attacks” for years.
“So @VanityFair decided that the best way to end 2017 was to take a repulsive cheap shot at @HillaryClinton, one of the most accomplished women in the history of the United States.”
I ended 2015 defending Hillary Clinton from sexist attacks.
I ended 2016 defending Hillary Clinton from sexist attacks.
I'm ending 2017 defending @HillaryClinton from sexist attacks.
So much for my Twitter break…
— Peter Daou (@peterdaou) December 27, 2017
Ms Kosoff, the writer who made the knitting suggestion, reportedly took to her private Twitter account to defend the video.
“I don’t appreciate being taken out of context to make me seem super sexist. This wasn’t a Hillary hit piece either, fwiw [for what it’s worth]! We made silly new years resolutions for a bunch of politicians,” she said.
A Vanity Fair spokesperson has released an apology to several news outlets following the backlash.
“It was an attempt at humor and we re regret that it missed the mark,” spokeswoman Beth Kseniak said.
The video remains on Twitter four days after it was first posted.
“It’s time to start working on your sequel to your book What Happened, What the Hell Happened,” another journalist quipped in the clip.
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
“Get someone on your tech staff to disable autofill on your iPhone so that typing ‘F’ doesn’t become ‘Form Exploratory Committee for 2020’’,” the video continued.
“Take more photos in the woods. How else are you going to meet unsuspecting hikers?
“Finally put away your James Comey voodoo doll. We all know you think James Comey cost you the election – and maybe he might have – but so did a handful of other things. It’s a year later and time to move on.”
The New Daily has contacted Vanity Fair for comment.