In the piece, Wintour was equal parts blunt and hilarious. She dismissed changes (new editors, layoffs, Details shuttering) as merely necessary evils. “Those who want things always to stay the same are not living in the real world,” said Wintour.
When the Times asked for her reaction to staffers’ claims that working with her could be difficult, Wintour asked if the Times was a tabloid paper.
“I don’t believe in wasting anybody’s time,” explained Wintour. “I like to be honest. I like to be clear. In my own personal career, I have felt almost the most difficult thing to deal with is someone who doesn’t tell you what they are thinking.”
Then, in a drop the mic moment, Wintour added, “If my style is too direct for some, maybe they should toughen up a bit.”