[ View the story "Washington Post Express skewered for big cover story gaffe ♂♀" on Storify] Washington Post Express skewered for big cover story gaffe ♂♀ Wrong gender symbol for Women's March on Washington fires up Twitter.
The Stream· Thu, Jan 05 2017 16:33:02
The Washington Post Express led with a story on Thursday about the upcoming Women's March on Washington, a demonstration for women's rights that is expected to be massive in size and significance. The march takes place on January 21, one day after the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump. There was only one problem: The cover showed an image of women gathering in the shape of the male gender symbol instead of the female symbol.
Today’a cover: The Women’s March on Washington started on Facebook. Now it’s expected to be the largest rally linked to the inauguration.
Twitter frustration with the error was swift:
@WaPoExpress Wow you suck at symbols.Edward Franklin
@WaPoExpress YOU HAD ONE JOB.jennrubenstein
Seriously, @WaPoExpress ? What in the actual hell is wrong with you people? Get a new editor.EmMax
Some were sympathetic:
@WaPoExpress I'm not even mad, I'm just worried what's going to happen to the employee who thought this stock image was a good idea.DistrictSarah
@WaPoExpress Oh dear! I feel sorry for the art designer here... At least it's pink!James G.H. Bray
Others were less forgiving:
@WaPoExpress "TODAY'A"?! WOW I hope someone got fired over that gaffe.Phil
@WaPoExpress Fire everyoneJosh Hamilton
@WaPoExpress Holy crap, WaPo. Did you seriously send this to print? Delete your career.(((Physics Geek)))
Some speculated the problem was lack of staff diversity:
@WaPoExpress do you have any women on your edit teamsara david
@WaPoExpress I think you need to hire more women.gwheezie
But Twitter user @GaylordRohloff opted for humour:
@WaPoExpress Ease up on the editors.Can they help it if the women they drew lined up in that shape?Gaylord Rohloff