ByMarlon McDonald, writer at
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Marlon McDonald

Oh dear, Vanity Fair. It looks as if the legendary publication has found itself lost on a sea of controversy after the release of an upcoming feature from their October issue.

Titled "Why Late-Night Television Is Better than Ever", the article is a glowing analysis of the gladiatorial arena that is late-night television, and, as the title suggests, why it's been the best it's ever been since heavyweights such as Jay Leno, David Letterman and Jon Stewart left their posts.

But where the sentiment begins to curdle to its own detriment is the image VF used to ram home the fact:

"...Diversity is an old, old wooden ship..."
"...Diversity is an old, old wooden ship..."

Whilst the image bringing together the titans of Stephen Colbert, Conan O'Brien, Trevor Noah, James Corden, Jimmy Kimmel, John Oliver, Seth Meyers, Larry Wilmore, Jimmy Fallon, and Bill Maher is smooth, relatively well photoshopped and perfectly reflective of late-night TV's largely white male centric scene, the majority of the flak VF is receiving is due to the glaring fact: where are the women?

Twitter's response to the image was, as typical, hilarious, on-point and rather creative:

Though none were as powerful and utterly hilarious as former Daily Show correspondent Samantha Bee's retort to VF:

Naturally, Vanity Fair were quick to address the tirade of hate that was dashed their way, and posted a tweet clarifying the fact that David Kamp's article actually discussed the significant lack of ladies on the late-night scene:

Both Samantha Bee and Chelsea Handler will be getting their own late-night chat shows on TBS and Netflix respectively next year, which is refreshing to hear. Alas, it will still be a while before articles and cover images such as these will be truly reflective of the world outside the bubble of patriarchy. Though hopefully the fracas will act as a catalyst for more discussion over the representation of women in entertainment.

Personally I think the world needs more Chelsea Peretti. The woman is an absolute genius!

(Sources: Vanity Fair, Twitter)


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