The NY Times Just Published the Most Perversely Tone-Deaf Piece on the Massive Women's March
In their infinite wisdom, the editors of the New York Times style section decided to run with a piece that gives the "red carpet" treatment to last weekend's massive nationwide protests.
The Times went out and photographed protesters and asked them what they were wearing, and then devoted an entire broadsheet backpage to this exercise in tin-eared mockery. Eleven protesters (out of 3-million-plus) made the cut. Granted, newspapers need to fill pages, but clearly, this is an idea that should have never made it out of an edit meeting alive.
The intro to this travesty of journalism by a reporter named Joanna Nikas earnestly states, "Civil disobedience comes in many forms." And when the civil disobedience is organized and attended by massive amount of women, can a style piece be far behind?
Along with photos of six women and two men are a series of absurd captions asking burning questions, like: "Did you make your pantsuit?" "Where did you get your poncho?" "How many marches have you been to?" and the ever-present pre-Oscar show directive: "Tell me about your outfit."
A disability-rights lawyer active in Gays Against Guns, a teacher inspired by Black Panther Assata Shakur and a dog trainer protesting with her four-year-old daughter are all similarly trivilialized.
If you want a good laugh (or cry), check it out.