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UK magazine sacks new diversity champion over tweets mocking the Holocaust

Grazia UK, which hired Stephanie Yeboah to ‘fight for inclusion,’ says activist and model will ‘educate herself in collaboration with the Jewish community’

Blogger and model Stephanie Yeboah (Youtube screenshot)
Blogger and model Stephanie Yeboah (Youtube screenshot)

A blogger and model newly hired to promote diversity at the British edition of a large European fashion magazine has been fired over a series of anti-Semitic tweets that have come to light.

Stephanie Yeboah, a contributing editor at Grazia UK, had apologized Thursday for making the Holocaust jokes after Private Eye magazine found her statements from recent years.

In one of the tweets, she wrote: “AUSCHWITZ Gas Chamber Music LMAO SMH [laughing my arse off, shaking my head].”

In another, she tweeted: “Every Jew has an attic, but not every attic has Jews.” She has also written that the attention paid to Holocaust remembrance is eclipsing crimes committed against “brown people.”

The Daily Mail reported Sunday that the 31-year-old was fired Friday night following “frantic” discussions with Grazia UK editor Hattie Brett.

“Following an internal review, we have agreed that Stephanie will no longer be writing as a contributing editor of Grazia,” a spokesman for the UK edition’s German-owned publisher, Bauer Media, was quoted as saying.

“We will continue to support her as she further educates herself in collaboration with the Jewish community. Grazia continues to champion diversity and inclusion and stands firmly against antisemitism.”

Yeboah, who is Black, joined Grazia last month to “fight for diversity, inclusion and women’s rights,” as she put it.

She deleted all the tweets following the publication of the Private Eye article, the Jewish News of London reported Thursday, and then talked to the Board of Deputies of British Jews.

“To plead ignorance is no excuse, I should have known better than to make these kind of comments about events which remain a source of unimaginable trauma for the Jewish community,” Yeboah wrote in a statement before she was fired. “In these tweets, I made very ignorant and antisemitic comments about the Jewish community.”

JTA contributed to this report.

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