24 May 2016

HuffPost Feels The Diversity Backlash

HuffPost Backlash
Everyone in the entertainment business knows that The Huffington Post is one of the most politically liberal online news aggregator in the United States. Their site offers news, satire, blogs, and original content and covers politics, business, entertainment, environment, technology, popular media, lifestyle, culture, comedy, healthy living, women's interests, and local news.

They even release s statement in 2015 saying, "HuffPost is committed to diversity, and is doing everything to make sure we have a diverse newsroom. We attended the 40th anniversary of NABJ and also work often with AAJ, EIJ and ONA. Additionally, HuffPost features several Voices sites, including Black Voices, Gay Voices and Latino Voices."

Recently, there is a suggestion that the company has not lived up to its own ideological support of diversity precepts. Proof in point, Executive Director Liz Heron's latest tweet:
Aside from the poorly-worded caption, it is obvious that Heron failed to see that all the editors are overwhelmingly and blindingly light-skinned. Not to mention that there are some token Asians alright, but they were bunch together at the back.

More importantly, where are the males?

Diversity means understanding that each individual is unique, and recognizing individual differences. These can be along the dimensions of race, ethnicity, sex, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities, religious beliefs, political beliefs, or other ideologies.

As expected, Heron's tweet generated a backlash, some even brutal to the point of emphasizing the hypocrisy prevalent among these so-called guardians of "political correctness."

Notice anything about this @HuffingtonPost editors meeting? 💃💃💪🏼💪🏼 pic.twitter.com/7sg4SyraPa
.@lheron I was told that inferring gender identity based on physical characteristics was the height of bigotry, intolerance. How dare you.

@lheron Oh my bad you have some Asians waaaaaay in the back all kept together..... pic.twitter.com/NPGa67Y25F
@RobProvince @lheron Yes, not a proper way to represent minorities, and where are the blacks? and the hindus? and the transgenders??

I have a feeling she's not getting the responses she hoped she would get.