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Anna Wintour 'Migrant Chic' Outrage Is Latest Non-Controversy

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In case you missed it, Anna Wintour apparently threw some subtly epic shade during her appearance on Late Night with Seth Meyers earlier this week. Wintour is making the rounds to promote the theatric release of new Met Gala documentary, The First Monday In May.  But what everyone really wants to know about is her visits to Kanye’s YEEZY fashion shows.

In one of those ‘blink and you missed it’ moments, Wintour described YEEZY Season 3 as ‘migrant chic’.  She then went on to say that it was amazing.  But as they always do, the Twitterverse got hung up on that two-word phrase for its implications that the migrant crisis was something to poke fun at.  It seems that thousands of Twitter fingers are always eagerly awaiting the next non-controversy to get semi-angry about.

But I guess their outrage was enough to make Wintour, one of fashion’s most celebrated and formidable forces, about face on her comment.  She released this statement Friday:

“I apologise if my remark was offensive in any way. The migrant crisis is real, and I didn’t intend to trivialise that issue.” 

Quite frankly, when it comes to fashion, I’m sure worse things have been said.  And in the scheme of what’s currently going on in American politics, I’m sure there are plenty of other things to get outraged over.  To dissect the words of a Vogue editor, tweet about it, and think you’re contributing to global change is really living in some kind of mighty delusion.

I was far more interested in Anna’s story about how she was in tears after getting lost in the basement of Madison Square Garden after the YEEZY show.  And the skit where she was revealed as the creative force behind 40 years of comedy-that was pretty funny.  And her comments about North West.  It was a pretty damn enjoyable Anna Wintour moment.  But the 140-character activists of the world seem hell bent on sucking the joy out of everything.  Literally everything.

What are they going to do now? Boycott Vogue? Like seriously, who gives a shit?  Find something far more important to care about.  There are plenty of things to get upset about.  Even when it comes to the migrant crisis.  What’s more upsetting-using the phrase ‘migrant chic’ or blocking Syrian refugees from fleeing to freedom?  Please, people, stop taking yourselves so seriously.

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