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It Was So Whitewashed That She Almost Couldn't Believe What She Was Seeing

Vanity Fair published a list of the most successful "news disrupters" — people who are transforming journalism as we know it. It sounds innocent enough, right? But see why it struck such a sour chord with their audience.

A quick glance at the list is really all it takes to see what's missing.

Alicia Menendez wasn't the only one with a gripe. Here's what a few commenters had to say about the list:


Over three-fourths of Vanity Fair's audience is women. So it's surprising that they have a blind spot on gender imbalance in particular.

At 0:33, Menendez recognizes some folks who are arguably as (or more) deserving of recognition for their media achievements despite not being "middle-aged white men with connections." For more, I recommend The Toast's equally (but awesomely) exclusive counter-list, and the Poynter Institute even made a few suggested additions.

Now if nothing else, Vanity Fair struck up an interesting dialogue about the media's role in mass culture. They reminded us that white male dominance casts a big, dark shadow. So dark that they, a century-old publication, couldn't see what *might* go wrong with publishing this list.

Then again, maybe Vanity Fair was spot-on. According to its parent company, Condé Nast, "Vanity Fair is a cultural filter, sparking the global conversation about the people and ideas that matter most." In this case, their filter caught everyone except for well-connected white men.

Totally worth reading: Why disruptors are always white guys.

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In one of the most glaringly hypocritical moves in recent history, the band formerly known as Lady Antebellum is suing black blues singer Anita "Lady A" White, to use her stage name she's performed under for over three decades.

Lady Antebellum announced it had changed its name to Lady A on June 11 as part of its commitment to "examining our individual and collective impact and marking the necessary changes to practice antiracism."

Antebellum refers to an era in the American south before the civil war when black people were held as slaves.

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