Raisethefist.com: Tweets mock ex-Vogue writer who wrote puff piece on Asma al-Assad
Tweets mock ex-Vogue writer who wrote puff piece on Asma al-Assad
by anonymous Wed Aug 1 00:32:49 PDT 2012
As speculation goes into overdrive about whether Syrian President Bashar al-Assad will fall, itís still unclear where his posh British-born wife is. Is she in England? in Syria? Is she with their three young children somewhere?
Asma al-Assad may be MIA but that didnít stop her from inspiring, in a way, a taunting Twitter hashtag overnight.
#countriesbyvoguewriters took off after a former Vogue writer, Joan Joliet Buck, published an explainer piece in Newsweek on Monday. Buck is the author of a March 2011 piece about Asma al-Assad titled ďA Rose in the Desert.Ē Many people attacked Buck for glamorizing the Syrian first couple and completely ignoring Syriaís history of human rights abuses.
The profile appeared in the print March 2011 version. Vogue apparently removed the story from its website later though it remains available on a pro-Assad site.
In June, Vogue's editor in chief Anna Wintour released a brief statement saying that the Syrian regimeís ďpriorities and values were completely at odds with those of Vogue.
Buck, for the most part, didnít address her critics. The magazine, she said, asked her not to. But, as her Newsweek article explained, Vogue did not renew her contract at the end of 2012 and she is now free to talk.