Leftists on Twitter were outraged after Esquire magazine published a profile piece on the life of an American teenager.
The reason for their fury? The teen is male and white.
Entitled The Life of an American Boy at 17, the article explores the mundane perks and difficulties of growing up for a teenager in West Bend, Wisconsin, along with the impact of “toxic masculinity” and “MeToo”.
Esquire’s latest cover features a male White teenager from Middle America. The choice has readers debating representation. https://t.co/YwsVvxwbe7
— Twitter Moments (@TwitterMoments) February 12, 2019
However, the piece prompted an immediate backlash from progressives who tried to outdo each other in expressing their revulsion at a white person being given such a platform. “Ominously, we’re told this is only “part 1 of a new series,” tweeted the Daily Beast’s Will Sommer, who said he was “totally baffled” by the article.
Ominously, we’re told this is only “part 1 of a new series.”
— Will Sommer (@willsommer) February 11, 2019
“Because you know what we don’t discuss nearly enough? The white male experience,” said Atlantic writer Jemele Hill.
Because you know what we don’t discuss nearly enough? The white male experience. 🤦🏾♀️ pic.twitter.com/HTbq4wK1TJ
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) February 12, 2019
“Choosing to read this instead of that Esquire cover,” tweeted the Boston Globe’s Meredith Goldstein, linking to an Out magazine feature showing only black people.
When @pfpicardi asked me to guest edit @outmagazine’s March issue, I knew the mothers & daughters of our movement had to be celebrated. 👸🏾💐🙌🏾 Starring @missmajor9, @TheBarbaraSmith, @tourmaliiine, @aliciagarza & @CharleneCac. 📷 by Mickalene Thomas! https://t.co/PDlNOe77fk pic.twitter.com/8HLEjEHhl7
— Janet Mock (@janetmock) February 12, 2019
Indeed, the entire issue of Out magazine featured “women and non-binary femmes” only.
“Only women and non-binary femmes wrote, styled, photographed and were featured in its pages,” tweeted Janet Mock.
It’s the first time in @outmagazine’s 27 years that it has dedicated an entire issue to women and non-binary femmes. Only women and non-binary femmes wrote, styled, photographed and were featured in its pages.
— Janet Mock (@janetmock) February 12, 2019
So apparently, having an entire magazine that eliminates an entire gender represents “diversity” and “inclusivity,” but having a single story about a white person is offensive. Hanna Ines Flint was upset that the American version of Esquire didn’t mimic the UK version by having a black person on the cover (because again, only by having zero white people is true “diversity” accomplished).
— Hanna Ines Flint (@HannaFlint) February 12, 2019
Zara Rahim, former head of communications for Hillary Clinton, was upset that the cover featured a white boy and not a black teen who looked like Trayvon Martin.
Imagine this same ‘American Boy’ headline with someone who looked like Trayvon talking about what it’s like to have your mother sit you down to tell you how to stay alive in your own city during Black History Month.
Shame on you, @esquire. pic.twitter.com/aIlhGzmGph
— Zara Rahim (@zara915) February 12, 2019
“I get what Esquire was going for here but ooooooooooooh boy talk about failing to read the room,” complained Tyler McCall.
I get what Esquire was going for here but ooooooooooooh boy talk about failing to read the room pic.twitter.com/OUzy3GJdI1
— Tyler McCall (@eiffeltyler) February 12, 2019
The backlash came despite Esquire Editor in Chief Jay Felden explaining that the profile is part of a series that will also feature non-white people.
“We decided to follow that model but to enlarge it into a series on growing up now—white, black, LGBTQ, female—that will continue to appear in coming issues,” wrote Felden.
“Ok, but think about the profile you chose to start with,” snarked “feminist activist” Abigail Collazo in response, adding that she was happy about the article showcasing “young white boys of privilege needing to relearn about masculinity” but was unimpressed by it appearing during “Black History Month”.
The Editor explains the cover: “Twenty-six years later, we decided to follow that model but to enlarge it into a series on growing up now—white, black, LGBTQ, female—that will continue to appear in coming issues.”
Ok, but think about the profile you chose to start with.
— Abigail Collazo (@LeftStandingUp) February 12, 2019
The bottom line is this; Anyone who gets upset at a magazine cover because of the skin color of the person who is featured is a racist.
It’s okay to be white.