Teen Vogue publishes scorched-earth takedown of Trump
With fake news reports and factually dubious tweets clouding the U.S. media atmosphere, readers are searching for a voice of reason to cut through all the noise.
Many people, it seems, found that voice from an unexpected outlet: Teen Vogue.
The U.S. fashion magazine, geared specifically to “teen girls,” ran a scathing op-ed on President-elect Donald Trump this weekend.
In the piece, Teen Vogue weekend editor Lauren Duca explored some of the well-documented instances of Trump either lying about things he’s done or said, or making factually unsupported claims.
“At the hands of Trump, facts have become interchangeable with opinions, blinding us into arguing amongst ourselves, as our very reality is called into question,” Duca wrote.
Duca likened Trump’s tactics to the plot of Gas Light, a 1938 play set in London’s Victorian era, in which an overbearing husband systematically hides household items to make his wife question her own sanity. The wife, Bella Manningham, eventually realizes that her husband’s trickery coincides with the dimming of gas-burning lamps throughout the building.
Duca claims Trump is “gas lighting” the U.S. public by spinning any attempt to bring truth to his falsehoods as evidence of bias.
Trump himself has recognized at least one of his conspiracy theories was baseless.
In September, two months before the presidential elections, Trump acknowledged that President Barack Obama was indeed born in the United States. For the past five years, Trump helmed the “birther” movement claiming that Obama wasn’t born a U.S. citizen, and thus wasn’t eligible to be commander in chief.
Some of Trump’s critics seemed surprised to find such scorched-earth language in the pages of Teen Vogue. Others juxtaposed Duca’s Dec. 10 op-ed with the magazine’s recent coverage.
Teen Vogue when I was 15: photos of Jennifer Aniston’s niece’s pony’s birthday party
Teen Vogue now: YAAAS COMRADE DISMANTLE THAT OPPRESSOR
Helen B. Holmes (@helenbholmes) December 10, 2016
Other writers pointed out that glossy magazines like Teen Vogue have long blended politics and activism with gossip, fashion and beauty. Cosmopolitan, for instance, is known by its readers for publishing both listicles of sex tips and in-depth features on reproductive rights, workplace equality and pro-feminist themes.
Anyone surprised by Teen Vogue doing great journalism clearly hasn’t been paying attention to women’s mags lately.
Jessica Valenti (@JessicaValenti) December 10, 2016
Trump’s supporters were less than amused to see the Teen Vogue op-ed populate their social media feeds.
TEEN VOGUE, LAIREN DUCA. NOW IS TALKING FOR PEOPLE. TRUMPS PEOPLE CAN THINK FOR OUR SELF LADYSTOP TRYING TO MAKING MONEY OFF TRUMP NAME.
Maria Lopez (@Maria1Florida1) December 11, 2016