“I’m sorry, we’re not doing interviews today.”
Emily Ratajkowski has had a busy New York Fashion Week — and that was before she got into a Twitter triangle involving Melania Trump and Jacob Bernstein of the New York Times.
To recap, on Monday the model and actress tweeted that she had “sat next to a journalist from the NYT last night who told me ‘Melania is a hooker.’ Whatever your politics it’s crucial to call this out for what it is: slut shaming. I don’t care about her nudes or sexual history and no one should.” She followed that up with the all-inclusive “gender specific attacks are disgusting sexist bulls–t.”
The dinner in question was Diane von Furstenberg’s celebratory party at The Beatrice Inn, in honor of creative director Jonathan Saunders’ fall collection. Bernstein, apparently seated side by side with Ratajkowski, was spared identification in her tweets, but in a four-part series of messages posted on Twitter Tuesday, claimed responsibility.
“This is a four part tweet. 1. I want to take ownership of a mistake I made. 2. Speaking at a party in what I thought was a personal conversation, I nevertheless made a stupid remark about the first lady. 3. My editors have made it clear my behavior was not in keeping with the standards of the Times, and I agree. 4. My mistake, referring to unfounded rumors, shouldn’t reflect on anyone else and I apologize profusely,” Bernstein tweeted.
His apology comes after the Times issued a statement addressing the situation. “At a party last night, a Times reporter who does not cover Washington or politics referred to an unfounded rumor regarding Melania Trump,” The Times said. “The comment was not intended to be public, but it was nonetheless completely inappropriate and should not have occurred. Editors have talked to the reporter in question about the lapse.”
All this comes, of course, after the First Lady herself tweeted from the official FLOTUS account, writing “applause to all women around the world who speak up, stand up and support other women! @emrata #PowerOfEveryWoman #PowerOfTheFirstLady.”
By Wednesday, Ratajkowski was back on the fashion week circuit, although this time decidedly less chatty — or, rather, more fiercely guarded.
After greeting reporters and posing for a few initial shots, a publicist jumped in to instruct that she would not be speaking with press, allowing Ratajkowski to return to posing for the swarm of photographers.
“Oh, we’re not doing any interviews, sorry,” he said. When asked later if the silence was in response to the Times incident, her handler again deflected, saying, “No, just, yeah, we’re not doing any interviews this morning.”
Given how happy to chat Ratajkowski has been throughout the rest of the week, her silence Wednesday morning seems all too convenient — especially as the ramifications of her tweet remain unseen.