The Hollywood Reporter’s latest cover photo featuring rising stars of CNN ruffled feathers for being all male and almost completely white.
In the photo is CNN chief Jeff Zucker along with recent additions to the network's team, including YouTube star Casey Neistat, celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain, comedian W. Kamau Bell, and veteran anchor Jake Tapper, The Huffington Post reports.
Alas, matters were made worse by a CNN producer named Josiah Daniel Ryan who declared the image depicted “the future of media.”
Twitter was having none of this. People were quick with witty remarks and memes to troll Ryan, CNN, and The Hollywood Reporter for this poor excuse for representation.
The Future of Media pic.twitter.com/tLDoAhkYWC— Danielle Henderson (@knottyyarn) March 1, 2017
The future of media looks like this. pic.twitter.com/o4FPOGuNUD— Emma Loop (@LoopEmma) March 1, 2017
The future of media looks like this pic.twitter.com/6WqXHqCMdy— Anup Kaphle (@AnupKaphle) March 1, 2017
the future of media pic.twitter.com/dREvte1qNr— kristina monllos (@kristinamonllos) March 1, 2017
The future of media looks like this.— Ned Resnikoff (@resnikoff) March 1, 2017
Proud to be part of this team. pic.twitter.com/jz7VFb2wXo
"The future of media looks like this." pic.twitter.com/5n8nCrGICh— Stephen Fowler (@stphnfwlr) March 1, 2017
The future of media looks like this.— Robert Silverman (@BobSaietta) March 1, 2017
Proud to be part of this team. pic.twitter.com/NSxPhEbhCm
This isn’t to suggest that the men in the photo don’t deserve to be celebrated or acknowledged, but the picture serves as a disheartening reflection of the gender and racial inequality permeating society.
Everywhere from the White House to our magazine covers, white males are constantly being portrayed as the dominant force that makes the world go around, which is not only untrue but insulting to the hardworking women, people of color, and LGBTQ folks who continue to be underrepresented.
I thought the future was gonna be female https://t.co/5tBkxpsT8d— Jenny Han (@jennyhan) March 1, 2017
are you sure this is what the future of media looks like because I think maybe this is also what the past & present of media looks like https://t.co/97ws0pVEVP— Hanif Abdurraqib (@NifMuhammad) March 1, 2017
well if this is the future of media I might as well drop outta this journalism course now https://t.co/TebpZVSCJc— Ciara (@ciarapollock) March 1, 2017
The future of media is entirely male and includes a CEO who keeps a framed Trump tweet on his wall. https://t.co/MbPuiSXrq5— Sarah Kendzior (@sarahkendzior) March 1, 2017
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