​tavi takes down the sartorialist in one perfectly worded swoop

Teen icon Tavi Gevinson gets just the right amount of “bitchy” in her reply to Scott Schuman’s ageist comments.

by Felicity Kinsella
22 May 2015, 1:41am

In 2011, when Tavi Gevinson was just 15, she had already sat front row at Dior and had just founded Rookie following the massive success of her blog Style Rookie, The Sartorialist's Scott Schuman told online interview magazine The Talks, "I think her success is a little bit of a conspiracy by established print media that wanted to show that this blog thing is not that important, that it's done by a bunch of twelve year olds. But a lot of us are serious grown-ups. I think it's great that Tavi can create a blog and write for other people that are like-minded - probably other kids around her age - but I don't know how that is going to help a 26-year-old, if she has never had a boyfriend or any of that kind of stuff. She's just a kid, so she can talk about art and stuff only in an abstract way," before concluding, "to me it is like a five-year-old Michael Jackson singing about love - to him they are just words."

Well, Tavi - now 18 - has something to say about that in her own interview with The Talks. Taking down Mr Schuman in one fell swoop, she commented, "That young people don't have valid thoughts about the world because they haven't been alive long enough is sadly a very popular and, frankly, unoriginal sentiment. When I think about that time, I was just responding to the world around me. And I was perceptive enough that I felt like I could make connections to things in my life. I don't think it was abstract. And I am basically sceptical of any adults who have those kinds of things to say about young people because it seems to always very transparently stem from fear and insecurity. And to be honest, the fact that he's shorter than me in real life."


Tavi has unintentionally become the voice of a generation, and making ageist comments directed at an intelligent teenager and her dedicated following was clearly a big mistake. Big. Huge.

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