The Washington Post Express, a free daily subset of The Washington Post newspaper, made a huge blunder Thursday morning right on its cover.
The main story was about the Women’s March on Washington set to take place the day after Inauguration Day when President-elect Donald Trump will officially be the 45th president of the United States.
The cover image was bright and eye-catching with vibrant colors and a bold headline, but there was just one problem: the illustration that was meant to represent the march displayed the Mars symbol, which is associated with the male gender, as opposed to the Venus symbol which is for women.
Clearly, the graphic designers got their wires crossed; however, the shocking part is that not a single editor caught the error before the issue went to print and distribution.
After getting blasted on social media for the egregious error, the express admitted its mistake and apologized on Twitter with an image of what the cover should have looked like.
This is how the cover should have looked. We apologize for the mistake. pic.twitter.com/MKKOkHPV8T— Express (@WaPoExpress) January 5, 2017
Unfortunately, the incorrect image is already in circulation and will continue to live on as an embarrassing mistake that is likely to result in one or more staff members getting fired.
It was so funny I'm not even mad. @WaPoExpress— Laura Shortridge (@DiscordianKitty) January 5, 2017
The Washington Post is a respected and trusted publication, so it’s safe to say that it will recover. But for now, staff members' heads are definitely hanging in shame as the internet mercilessly mocks them.
@egrattan The OMG on the insert above it pretty much says it all. LOL— Maria Perez (@themariaperez) January 5, 2017
@WaPoExpress How does that even happen?— Jess [GuerillaGirl] (@guerillagirl) January 5, 2017
@WaPoExpress Can you provide a male/female breakdown of your design & editorial teams? And a snapshot of your cover selection process? Thx.— Georgy Cohen (@radiofreegeorgy) January 5, 2017
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