Seemingly innocuous Vogue cover featuring Jennifer Lawrence has Trump supporters clamoring about conspiracy theories


The most recent cover of Vogue, featuring Jennifer Lawrence in a red dress with the Statue of Liberty in the background, is offensive to Donald Trump supporters, at least according to Breitbart finance editor John Carney.

“We’re going to have to create a full #MAGA shadow cultural industry because the Opposition Media can’t even do fashion without attacking us,” wrote Carney, who recently left the Wall Street Journal to join Breitbart, in a tweet linking to the Vogue cover on Thursday.

While many social media users expressed bafflement at how exactly the cover could be construed as an attack on anyone, an explanation for Carney’s outrage, as The Cut points out, appears to stem from a recent discussion on immigration between top White House Advisor Stephen Miller and CNN’s Jim Acosta. Acosta had argued that the president’s obsession with deporting immigrants, building a wall on the border of Mexico, and even restricting legal immigration based on factors that include one’s ability to speak English, were not “in keeping with American tradition.”

“The Statue of Liberty says, ‘Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses, yearning to breathe free,” said Acosta, referring to the poem inscribed on the iconic national monument. “It doesn’t say anything about speaking English or being able to be a computer programmer.”

Miller responded by misleadingly suggesting that the poem was “not actually part of the original Statue of Liberty.” While Miller’s statement was technically true, since the poem was only physically inscribed on the statue 16 years after it was unveiled, he neglected to mention the fact that the poem’s inclusion on the statue had always been intended from the start.

A tweet later deleted by Carney, in which he rhetorically questioned whether the editors of Vogue “just coincidentally decided to put one of the most beautiful women in America next to the Statue of Liberty,” further suggested that, in the eyes of the alt-right, the Statue of Liberty has come to symbolize a critique on Trump’s immigration policy. According to Trump’s own supporters, it other words, Lady Liberty herself now stands firmly with the opposition.

Of course, there’s no conspiracy here. It’s widely known that photo shoots for magazine covers are planned long in advance, and as Vogue confirmed to Politico’s Hadas Gold, the shoot with Lawrence was done in June — nearly two months before the exchange between Miller and Acosta.

Read the full story at Bustle.


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EDITOR'S NOTE: This article is independent of and separate from any views of The New York Times.

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