Though the election was over a year ago, people can't stop dragging Hillary Clinton back into the fray. Both her fans and her haters are always ready to jump in and fight it out over what she did wrong, how she's responsible for things happening now, whatever. Just let her live! We have other problems, you know?
But the dust really got kicked up by this video produced by Vanity Fair for being tone-deaf, condescending, and sexist. In it, they suggest she takes up some new hobbies for 2018, like, "Volunteer work, knitting, improv comedy, literally anything that will keep you from running again.”
It was met with disfavor, to say the least:
Maybe its time for me to pass on Vanity Fair. Telling women what to do and suggesting a political candidate that won the popular vote take up knitting or teach alternative blreathimg is not my cup of tea.— Kiana Love (@KianaLove) December 29, 2017
And here we are in 2017 a women’s magazine throwing serious shade on a woman (politics aside) who has achieved high office. Never buying that magazine again— Mopsee (@Mopsee) December 28, 2017
Really disappointed to see this. Always considered Vanity Fair a great publication; this is not in good taste at all.— Shabby Princess (@shabbyprincess) December 29, 2017
The most short sighted and hilariously sexist video I've seen in a good while. And they have a new editor? Probably won't be around for long of this is how things are gonna go— Eric M. Myrick (@iE_RiC) December 29, 2017
The video is stupid and sexist and unnecessary, in my opinion, even if it's not something you want to get your knickers in a twist about. But Twitter user and organizer Jack Miller tweeted a comparison that came to mind when Vanity Fair suggested Clinton pick up the needles:
Mitt Romney is the same age as Hillary Clinton (he's 7 months older)— Jack Miller (@politicalmiller) January 2, 2018
He was not a Secretary of State.
He was not a United States Senator.
But I don't see people telling him to go away or take up knitting...
Mitt Romney is the same age as Hillary Clinton and he has none of her political accomplishments. They both have a failed presidential campaigns, but no one is suggesting Romney take up knitting or any other hobbies that involve yarn.
People were pretty pissed at the double standard:
It's upsetting that a man his age is seen as "young and virile" but a woman the same age is seen as "grandma, has-been, too frail, know-your-place".— Brasilmagic (@Brasilmagic) January 2, 2018
I didn't see vanity fair run a video telling Bernie and Biden to take up fishing, bingo or canasta either— Bristola (@NastyNastyVet) January 2, 2018
I can see why this is all pretty frustrating. But I also think we shouldn't hate so hard on knitting. It's actually very relaxing.