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Vogue Defends Its Fluff Piece on Syrian First Lady


Via Commentary’s Contentions blog:

The article, which portrays the Syrian leader and his wife as enlightened liberal democrats, is in poor taste to begin with. That its publication coincided with al-Assad’s brutal crackdown on pro-democracy protesters makes the piece appear even more tone-deaf and insulting.

But Vogue seems to be unfazed by the PR disaster. When Fisher asked Knutsen whether the magazine would print a profile of the wife of Kim Jong-Il, the editor even refused to dismiss the possibility. “That’s the kind of hypothetical that — we really do that on a case-by-case basis,” he said.

And while Knutsen did grudgingly admit that al-Assad was an autocrat, he did so only when pressed by Fisher. “Yeah. I would call him an autocrat,” he said. “[T]here’s no freedom there.”

Vogue clearly doesn’t grasp the problem. But at least we can take solace in the fact that the magazine doesn’t weigh in on issues of any substance.

I want Vogue to weigh in on Qaddafi’s fashion sense next.


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