It is safe to say that Vanity Fair nor Harpers will be getting a Beyoncé interview anytime soon. Both publications are in hot water after their contributors were seen dragging 7-year-old Blue Ivy in a flurry of outrageously bold tweets.
After a holiday photo of the Carters began to circulate on social media, Vanity Fair film critic K. Austin Collins and Harper’s digital editor and journalist Violet Lucca began to exchange audacious tweets regarding Beyonce and Hov’s oldest daughter.
Collins tweeted, “I have a feeling the jay z face genes are about to really hit Blue Ivy, and I feel so sorry for her.” To which Lucca replied, “They haven’t already?” Collins then added, “You’re right. But she’s lucky–if it happens now, she’ll definitely grow out of it. Get the ugly duckling phase done early.” Lucca continued to insult the child, bitterly tweeting, “Or she’ll get plastic surgery at 16 a la Kylie Jenner, and we’ll all have to pretend that she always looked that way…I can’t allow myself to feel too sorry for the incredibly rich!”
Author, Mikki Kendall initially put the contributors and their critique of the child’s looks on blast, as the rest of Twitter soon followed.
“There’s nothing harmless about insulting a child’s features regardless of whether that child has famous parents or not.”
Both Collins and Lucca briefly made their Twitter accounts private, before deleting the Blue Ivy tweets altogether. Once the accounts were made public again, Collins tweeted an apology.
“I’m sorry about the Blue Ivy tweet — bad joke, and black girls, in particular, deserve better.”
Lucca also tweeted somewhat of an apology after the tweets went viral.
“Sorry I was cleaning my apartment while this blew up…children of famous ought to be off-limits, but time and again they haven’t been. So I said something petty and have been called ugly, old, and a racist,” she said.