JET Editor Apologizes to Fantasia
3/5/2013, 9:47 a.m.
The editor of JET magazine has issued an apology to Fantasia over a statement that appeared on Facebook stating that the 29-year-old America Idol winner couldn't read.
"I apologize for the lack of sensitivity shown in my FaceBook post. It was a thoughtless comment made during a moment of frustration," Mitzi Miller, JET editor-in-chief, wrote. "It was unprofessional and not representative of the JET mission, which is to uplift. I regret letting my emotions get the best of me. I am truly apologetic."
Miller made the comment about the singer's struggle with reading after the singer complained about a 10-year-old photo of herself that graces the cover of a recent issue. It appears Fantasia had provided the magazine with a current crop of photos to select from, but none of them was used. Fantasia lashed out to Jet, saying the photo that was used was not reflective of her new look and direction, and that using the photo, JET had been unprofessional and disrespectful.
Fantasia admitted in her 2005 memoir, "Life is Not a Fairy Tale," that she had trouble with reading.
"'This saddens Me!!! It is clear that this picture is 10 Years Old and JET Magazine puts it on the Cover!! After I send them the NEW LOOK AND DIRECTION. . SAD!!!, " Fantasia wrote on her Facebook page. "I WANT A PUBLIC APOLOGY FROM JET. Now im not sure if the interview is correct. SEE!! America they and use me as they crash Dummy BUT NO MORE. IF I DONT STAND FOR SOMETHING ILL FALL FOR ANYTHING."
Miller firmly responded later that:
"JET magazine is honored to have Fantasia grace the cover of its March issue. It is unfortunate that Fantasia is displeased with the cover selection, however JET stands by its decision. As standard editorial practice, JET consulted with Fantasia's team, but reserves the right to select the image we deem as most appropriate for JET's brand and reflective of the cover story sentiment. JET continues to root for Fantasia's success and encourages her fans to pick up the new issue."
But the matter wasn't over.
Miller went on to comment on her Facebook page that: "The fact that I wasted an hour of my workday writing a press release to address an issue created by a person who cannot even read it is just... #whyiwannaBahousewife."
So far, there's been no indication of JET having taken any disciplinary action against Miller.