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Twitter users slam LA Times for all-white actress cover

Twitter users came out swinging at the Los Angeles Times in full force after the photo for its cover story about empowering actresses included only white women.

The cover story of the newspaper’s The Envelope section, which examines the awards season, is titled ‘A Shift in Focus: Actresses Call for a Change in the Way Many Stories Are Told.’ 

Posing on Thursday’s cover were Jessica Chastain, Margot Robbie, Diane Kruger, Saoirse Ronan, Annette Bening and Kate Winslet.

Hundreds took to social media to lambast the news outlet for only choosing white -mostly blonde – actresses for a story about working in Hollywood and the treatment of women on screen.

Twitter users came out swinging at the Los Angeles Times in full force after the photo for its cover story about empowering actresses included only white women

Hundreds took to social media to lambast the news outlet for only choosing white -most blonde - actresses for a story about working in Hollywood and the treatment of women on screen

Hundreds took to social media to lambast the news outlet for only choosing white -most blonde – actresses for a story about working in Hollywood and the treatment of women on screen

‘It shouldn’t be necessary to point out the obvious, but clearly it’s necessary to point out the obvious,’ wrote one Twitter user.

‘No editor on that entire staff said ‘oh, huh, wait a sec?” Not in discussions about the photo, not in booking the photo, not the day of the photo shoot, not looking at proofs, not sending it over for a final look before publication? Dozens of places to sop and reconsider,’ tweeted another 

One user noted: ‘Four of the last 8 winners of Best Actress in a “Supporting;”role are African American. Viola [Davis], Lupita [Nyongo], Octavia [Spencer] & Monqiue.’ 

Twitter users weren’t upset just with the newspaper; they were upset with the women who posed for the cover shoot for not speaking up.

Writer and WNYC radio producer Rebecca Carroll called out Chastain, who has spoken out in the pass for the rights of minority women. 

She tweeted: ‘Honestly @jes_chastain as an outspoken voice for equality how do you pose for a photo like this and not feel absolutely mortified by the blatant exclusion? How is it possible to not understand the [message] this photo sends?’

Twitter users weren’t upset just with the newspaper; they were upset with the women who posed for the cover shoot for not speaking up about the lack of diverstiy

Twitter users weren’t upset just with the newspaper; they were upset with the women who posed for the cover shoot for not speaking up about the lack of diverstiy

“What is wrong with people? Not ONE of these talented and smart women stood uo and said, “hey, something’s missing in this photo?” Really?’ tweeted one user.

‘It is almost 2018. If you’re a white woman and someone asks you to pose for a group picture, for a magazine cover, with only other white women, YOU SAY NO,’ wrote another.

People also criticized Winslet, one of the actresses featured on the cover, for defending Woody Allen, who she worked with on the film Wonder Wheel. 

Allen, along with Harvey Weinstein and many other Hollywood men, has been accused of sexual assault.



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