“The Devil wears Prada, but to the workers nada”: with this slogan, written in the characteristic typeface of the headlines of the “New Yorker”, over one hundred employees of America’s most intellectual weekly they marched on Anna Wintour’s house in a quiet block of Greenwich Village in a protest for the long tug-of-war that for two years has been opposing the Conde ‘Nast publishing house to the workers of the almost centenary newspaper: journalists, proofreaders, fact-checkers who every week 47 times a year guarantee an impeccable product to its affectionate readers. Some policemen watched impassively as the march stopped in front of the empty “townhouse” of the Wintour for months. Sullivan Street: the owner, who bought it years ago on a $ 1.6 million interest-free loan from then-publisher SI Newhouse, spent the months of the lockdown in the Hamptons. “You don’t live on prestige alone” was another of the signs raised by demonstrators ready to provide figures to show that, as with other jobs in the cultural sector, wages do not guarantee an acceptable standard of living in a city with a high cost of life. life like New York.
“Working at the New Yorker is a luxury that only those who have a wealthy family can afford it “, explained Geneviève Bormes, who started dealing with the covers five years ago with an initial salary of 33 thousand dollars a year. job insecurity: many at the “New Yorker”, including prestigious collaborators, are considered freelancers and do not enjoy the benefits provided by the employment laws.
Employees of the “New Yorker” they organized themselves into a union since the dispute began two years ago: in the event of a strike, the News Guild asked all collaborators not to hand over the pieces to prevent the publication of the magazine. The protest represented an escalation and Condé Nast had tried to block it by declaring “unacceptable” and “illegal” the fact that the home of a VIP at the top of the group was targeted.
The “New Yorker” is the only Conde Nast magazine that does not respond to the “queen of fashion”, but Wintour, immortalized in 2006 by Meryl Streep in the film “The Devil Wears Prada”, was targeted because in the eyes of the world it represents its face. The protest is also the latest episode of protest against Anna Wintour who last year was forced into a rare mea culpa for discriminating against black journalists, photographers and stylists. However, the criticisms had not stopped the apparently unstoppable rise of the director of “Vogue” who last December emerged as the winner in a reorganization at the top with two new titles – head of content worldwide and global director of “Vogue” – which give her the last word on what is written in over thirty markets around the world.