‘Vanity Fair’ fails hard with comedic attempt at New Year’s resolutions for Hillary Clinton

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who is capable of choosing her own hobbies.
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A word of advice: Be very, very, very careful when making New Year’s resolutions for other people, lest you come off as rude.

Vanity Fair‘s The Hive learned this lesson the hard way after they published what was meant to be a humorous video about New Year’s resolution suggestions for Hillary Clinton.

However, despite Vanity Fair‘s efforts at humor, the video came under fire on Twitter for being sexist.

Here are Vanity Fair‘s six suggestions for Hillary in the New Year:

  • Work on a sequel to her book What Happened.

  • Get someone on her tech staff to disable autofill on her phone to prevent “F” from changing to “Form Exploratory Committee.”

  • Teach a class on alternate nostril breathing.

  • Take more photos in the woods.

  • Take up a new hobby such as volunteer work, knitting, improv comedy, or “literally anything that’ll keep you from running again.”

  • Finally put away your James Comey voodoo doll.

The staff finished the video off with a condescending “Cheers to you, Hillary” champagne toast, which was promptly followed by a Twitter roast of the video after Vanity Fair released it.

While acknowledging that the video was an attempt at comedy, many criticized the video for being tone-deaf, slamming Vanity Fair for going out of its way to suggest a talented woman in politics should focus her efforts on knitting in the new year to “keep her from running again.”

Twitter users also questioned where the New Year’s resolution videos for powerful men were. (Hillary Clinton wasn’t the only politician Vanity Fair made a video for, though. Donald Trump was also given New Year’s resolution suggestions such as “get a haircut” and, of course “stop tweeting,” along with Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Gary Cohn.)

Even actress and activist Patricia Arquette got in on the action.

Not a good look, Vanity Fair.

UPDATE: Dec. 27, 2017, 11:35 a.m. ESTUpdated to include reference to additional ‘Vanity Fair’ videos made for Donald Trump and other politicians.

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