Popular fashion and lifestyle magazine, Elle, has come under fire for a recent tweet which alleged that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West had split up — fake news that was actually an attempt by the magazine to promote voter registration.
Elle magazine published a tweet last night stating that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West had ended their relationship, but the article link that it provided in the tweet actually led to a page urging its readers to vote ahead of the upcoming midterm elections in November.
The magazine has apologized in a second tweet — which many have questioned the sincerity of — stating that the initial tweet was a “bad joke” and that their “passion for voter registration clouded” their judgement:
We made a bad joke. Our passion for voter registration clouded our judgement and we are sincerely sorry. https://t.co/cYGGrpfBCz
— ELLE Magazine (US) (@ELLEmagazine) October 18, 2018
The magazine faced fierce backlash from those on the right and the left. Jon Levine from The Wrap asked why the initial fake tweet was left up if the magazine admitted the tweet was a mistake:
Why not delete this? Why keep up if you're admitting it was a mistake?
— Jon Levine (@LevineJonathan) October 19, 2018
Alexandra Whitney of the Trans United Fund called out the magazine, telling it to delete the tweet and accusing the magazine of journalistic malpractice:
So delete that fake news click bait. We're constantly accused of fake news and you really made a giant error in judgment. Perhaps even journalistic malpractice. I'm ashamed of you.
— Alexandra Whitney (@iskandrah) October 19, 2018
Fox News contributor Lisa Boothe accused the magazine of focusing on Kanye West because of his recent support for President Trump:
— Lisa Boothe (@LisaMarieBoothe) October 19, 2018
Writer Roxane Gay attacked the magazine calling the tweet “trash nonsense.”
This is trash nonsense. Who do you think you are reaching with this? Guess what? One can be civic minded and interested in celebrity gossip. Do better.
— roxane gay (@rgay) October 18, 2018
BuzzFeed News reporter Ryan Mac very simply instructed Elle to delete the tweet:
— Ryan Mac (@RMac18) October 18, 2018
Breitbart News reached out to Twitter for comment on Elle’s tweet and whether or not it violates Twitter’s guidelines, but has yet to receive a reply from the social media platform.