If you remember, Fantasia Barrino recently slammed Jet Magazine on Twitter and on Instagram for running a ten-year-old photo of her as the cover of the magazine. She demanded an apology. Welp, she didn’t get one, at least not right away.
Jet’s editor-in-chief Mitzi Miller responded to her rant in a statement saying:
“JET magazine is honored to have Fantasia grace the cover of its March issue,” her statement began. “It is unfortunate that Fantasia is displeased with the cover selection, however JET stands by its decision,” said Miller. “As standard editorial practice, JET consulted with Fantasia’s team, but reserves the right to select the image we deem as most appropriate for JET’s brand and reflective of the cover story sentiment… JET continues to root for Fantasia’s success and encourages her fans to pick up the new issue.”
That doesn’t sound like, “I’m sorry” at all. But wait, it gets worst. Mitzi is so disgusted by the situation that, according to Richard Prince of Journal-Isms, she sends a Facebook message to her friends saying:
“The fact that I wasted an hour of my workday writing a press release to address an issue created by a person who cannot even read it is just…”
Ouch. This time Mitzi did issue an apology. She stands by her decision to run the cover, but her “below-the-belt” attack was unprofessional and uncalled for. Although I’m guessing she didn’t think her Facebook messages were available for public record. Madame Noir reports that she had this to say:
“I apologize for the lack of sensitivity shown in my FaceBook post. It was a thoughtless comment made during a moment of frustration. It was unprofessional and not representative of the JET mission, which is to uplift. I regret letting my emotions get the best of me. I am truly apologetic.”
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