Vanity Fair has apologized for a not-so-funny video in which editors of its political section, Hive, holding Champagne glasses as if giving toasts, suggested New Year’s resolutions for Hillary Clinton.
“It was an attempt at humor and we regret that it missed the mark,” the publication said in what Deadline.com appropriately called “a master stroke of understatement.”
Among the supposed jokes were: “It’s time to start working on your sequel to your book, ‘What Happened’: ‘What the Hell Happened,’” and, “You know how on Anderson Cooper you were telling him about alternate-nostril breathing? You seemed really adept. You should try teaching a class.”
Also: “Put away your James Comey voodoo doll.”
Writer Maya Kosoff’s contribution — “Take up a new hobby in the new year: Volunteer work, knitting, improv comedy ― literally anything that will keep you from running again” — drew a lot of ire.
Journalist Tom Watson on Twitter pointed out that new Vanity Fair editor Radhika Jones, who took over from Graydon Carter, walked herself into a “major scandal over a stupid sexist video,” as people started a “cancel Vanity Fair” hashtag.
Patricia Arquette’s take: “Stop telling women what the f— they should do or can do.”
The Huffington Post reported that Kosoff, who tweeted, “I don’t appreciate being taken out of context to make me seem super sexist” came to her own defense. She mentioned that the video was part of series in which the editors recommended that President Donald Trump delete his Twitter account and drink more Diet Coke in 2018; and fantasized about press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Sen. Bernie Sanders joining forces on their own radio show.
Scoop’s take: The lack of humor is way more offensive than the political content.
SCREECH PLAYS WEINSTEIN
You’ve got to hand it to the Joey Zak and TomE LaBrosse of the band TENLo when it comes to getting publicity.
The group’s gruesome new video for the song “Kill All the Things” features Dustin Diamond — Screech in the 1990s TV show “Saved by the Bell” — as disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein.
In the video, Diamond/Weinstein is seen snorting cocaine in a bathroom and doing shots at a bar before he is taken to a hotel bedroom by a nun played by actress Kelly Cunningham.
Directed by Joshua Mendez, the video refers to details in allegations by many women who have accused Weinstein of rape and sexual assault, and Diamond’s Weinstein meets a grisly end.
Diamond has his own checkered past. He spent 120 days in jail in connection with a stabbing during a bar-room brawl on Christmas Day 2014 in Port Washington, Wis.
Actor Miles Brown is 13. … Singer David Archuleta is 27. … Singer John Legend is 39. … Comedian Seth Meyers is 44. … Actor Denzel Washington is 63. Singer-keyboardist Edgar Winter is 71. … Actress Maggie Smith is 83. … Comic book creator Stan Lee is 95.
— Staff, wire reports