When Joan Juliet Buck recently wrote a piece for Newsweek explaining how her controversial fluff profile on Asma al-Assad came about, she no doubt intended to make matters better--not worse. And while Buck's piece did clear up a few things--turns out she didn't really want to do the piece, and she asked them to think about holding off publishing it when the Arab Spring got underway--it's unclear whether, overall, the piece really helped Buck out at all.
One thing, however, is pretty clear. And that's that Buck will probably regret writing the following sentence for the rest of her life:
"Syria. The name itself sounded sinister, like syringe, or hiss."
Yep, that is an actual sentence that Buck wrote when describing her initial feelings about the assignment. Because the smart citizens of Twitter know an opportunity when they see one, a hilarious hashtag, #countriesbyvoguewriters, sprung up just hours after the article went live. Read on for some of our favorite Tweets.
@Wallaceme: Iran - but you can also walk there, or get a plane #countriesbyvoguewriters
@rtraister: Canada. The name itself sounded like ginger ale, except less dry.
@cszabla: "Yemen. The name itself sounded like a good time. 'Yeah, man!' I thought, as I packed my sunscreen + Gucci shades"
@HalaGorani: Turkey - the name itself sounded fattening. #countriesbyvoguewriters
@siddhmi: Andorra. The name itself sounded like two conjunctions and an article. "This one will write itself," I thought. #countriesbyvoguewriters
@KarlreMarks: Czech Republic. The name itself sounded like what I should have done before writing that Vogue article. #countriesbyvoguewriters
@kjhealy: Chad. The name itself sounded like my Lehman Bothers ex-boyfriend. #countriesbyvoguewriters
@Bauzeitgeist: Oman. The name itself seemed like a bad sign, another excuse to give my editor not to go there #countriesbyvoguewriters
@angelapham: Egypt, the name itself sounds like a gypsy startup #countriesbyvoguewriters
@timabrahams: Belize - the name itself sounded a bit like my plea not to go there. #countriesbyvoguewriters
Now, just for fun, here are some of our suggestions:
Hungary. The name itself sounds like what I am on a juice cleanse.
Cote d'Ivoire. The name itself sounded like the new Essie nail polish.
Liechtenstein. The name itself sounds like that painter.
Norway. The name itself sounded like I didn't know which way it was from here.
Togo. The name itself sounded like a strip mall sandwich chain.
(Shout out to Britt for the last one!)
And now, we open up to the floor. Leave your suggestions for #countriesbyvoguewriters in the comments section!