All-Male Late-Night 'Vanity Fair' Photo Highlights Sexism in Industry, Critics Say
"Props to Vanity Fair for highlighting sexism in media like this! Even if you meant to do the opposite!"
Vanity Fair released a feature on late-night television from its upcoming October issue with a photo spread on hosts like Jimmy Kimmel, Jimmy Fallon, Stephen Colbert, John Oliver and more.
Many people on Twitter instantly commented on the photograph's glaring lack of women combined with the headline "Why Late-Night Television Is Better Than Ever." The Vanity Fair article itself points out the lack of women in the current late-night lineup.
"What’s conspicuously missing from late-night, still, is women," writes the article's author David Kamp. "How gobsmackingly insane is it that no TV network has had the common sense — and that’s all we’re talking about in 2015, not courage, bravery, or even decency — to hand over the reins of an existing late-night comedy program to a female person?"
However, Twitter users were not pleased that the VF spread called late-night television "better than ever" and former Daily Show correspondent Samantha Bee offered up her own "better" version of the photograph.
Here is a look at the conversations on Twitter:
lol it's like a white rainbow a glorious white rainbow of dads https://t.co/vQ51sB11Gf— Erin Gloria Ryan (@morninggloria) September 14, 2015
That Vanity Fair pic about Late Night being BETTER THAN EVER looks like a Mad Men promo photo.— Erin Gloria Ryan (@morninggloria) September 14, 2015
that vanity fair picture of late-night television is basically when i would sit in a room full of men in film classes and feel discouraged— doctor pilot (@pilotbacon) September 14, 2015
The more I think about that @VanityFair late night TV picture, I can't believe nobody looked at it and went...'Nah, that's not a good idea."— Kai Ryssdal (@kairyssdal) September 14, 2015
It’s really astounding the number of editorial decisions @VanityFair had to make to run that feature glorifying the 10 dudes of late night.— Zack Mast (@ZackMast) September 14, 2015
@VanityFair All straight dudes. There are more guys named James/Jimmy than black guys.— MY state of mind (@blkMYmorris) September 14, 2015