Grazia magazine sacks its 'diversity champion' for anti-Semitic rants
Grazia magazine sacks its new ‘diversity champion’ for posting anti-Semitic Twitter rants – including one which read, ‘Auschwitz gas chamber music LMAO’
- Stephanie Yeboah was hired as a contributing editor by magazine last month
- But the 31-year-old activist has been axed over hateful remarks about Holocaust
- One of her tweets read: ‘Every Jew has an attic but not every attic has Jews’
- Ms Yeboah has since issued an apology for the comments she made online
Grazia magazine has sacked its new ‘diversity champion’ after she posted vile antisemitic comments on social media.
Author and ‘body positivity’ blogger Stephanie Yeboah was hired as a contributing editor by the fashion and lifestyle weekly last month to ‘fight for diversity, inclusion and women’s rights’.
But the 31-year-old activist has been axed over hateful remarks about the Holocaust including ‘every Jew has an attic but not every attic has Jews’, and a bizarre tweet which said: ‘AUSCHWITZ Gas Chamber Music LMAO SMH (laughing my a*** off, shaking my head).’
Author and ‘body positivity’ blogger Stephanie Yeboah (pictured) was sacked after she posted vile antisemitic comments on social media
On the recent 75th anniversary of the liberation of the death camp, where a million Jews were murdered, Ms Yeboah wrote: ‘There have been bigger and more horrific genocides. They happened to brown people, though, so I guess it doesn’t matter, huh?’
She issued a grovelling apology after the offending Twitter posts were published by Private Eye magazine last Wednesday.
It is understood there were frantic discussions with Grazia UK editor Hattie Brett before the decision was finally made to sack her on Friday evening.
A spokesman for the magazine’s German-owned publisher Bauer Media said: ‘Following an internal review, we have agreed that Stephanie will no longer be writing as a contributing editor of Grazia.
‘We will continue to support her as she further educates herself in collaboration with the Jewish community. Grazia continues to champion diversity and inclusion and stands firmly against antisemitism.’
Ms Yeboah, a Left-wing Black Lives Matter supporter from London, has attracted a large following online for her writings championing plus-size ‘body positivity’.
She told a recent interviewer that her ‘purpose’ was to ‘teach women how to live in their truth and not be bound by the shackles of this very patriarchal, capitalist society that thrives on white supremacy’.
However, despite her anti-capitalist stance, she takes money from top brands to model their clothes in sponsored social media posts to her 200,000 Instagram followers.
Ms Yeboah was hired as a contributing editor by the fashion and lifestyle weekly last month (pictured) to ‘fight for diversity, inclusion and women’s rights’
Retailers Asos, Very and River Island did not respond to questions last night about whether they would stop working with Ms Yeboah after Grazia fired her
Retailers Asos, Very and River Island did not respond to questions last night about whether they would stop working with her after Grazia fired her.
Hello Fresh, the recipe delivery box company, said it was ‘reviewing’ whether to work with Ms Yeboah again.
In an apology posted on Wednesday, Ms Yeboah said: ‘I made very ignorant and antisemitic comments about the Jewish community, as well as quoting lines from a variety of TV shows, including quotes that upon reflection, were extremely offensive and hurtful.
To plead ignorance is no excuse, I should have known better than to make these kinds of comments about events which remain a source of unimaginable trauma for the Jewish community.’
She said her comment on the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz was intended to ‘highlight the lack of visibility surrounding many genocides’, but it ‘ended up diminishing the seriousness of the tragedies that the Jewish community have faced’.
She added: ‘I now absolutely recognise that, in doing so, I was pitting these two marginalised communities against each other, and for that, I am extremely sorry.’
She said that over the years she had had ‘awesome in-depth chats with my Jewish friends surrounding the culture, heritage and religion of Jewish people’.
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