- How to live stream the 2020 Grammy Awards Today 7:00 AM
- Technology created deepfakes—does it have a way to stop them, too? Today 6:30 AM
- SESTA-FOSTA is ‘detrimental’ to sex workers’ safety, study confirms Today 6:00 AM
- Jeff Bezos’ girlfriend allegedly sent his nudes to her brother, who then leaked them Saturday 6:38 PM
- This Instagram account catches influencers in the wild Saturday 5:42 PM
- The best upcoming video games to look out for in February 2020 Saturday 5:23 PM
- TikTok teens use AirPods and Google Translate to secretly talk in class Saturday 4:32 PM
- Video shows corpses of coronavirus victims lying in China hospital Saturday 3:44 PM
- Kid meets Slipknot after drumming video goes viral Saturday 2:30 PM
- Channing Tatum responds to troll who tried to compare Jenna Dewan and Jessie J’s looks Saturday 1:46 PM
- Grindr pulls an ‘I don’t know her’ after Eminem suggests he uses the app Saturday 12:48 PM
- Here are the top 10 most popular Instagram models in 2020 Saturday 12:21 PM
- ‘The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ takes its characters on a fantasy adventure to Hell in season 3 Saturday 11:37 AM
- Woman no longer in sorority, school after racist MLK post Saturday 10:45 AM
- Netflix’s ‘Miss Americana’ starts to deconstruct the myth of Taylor Swift Saturday 10:32 AM
The New York Times released a preview image of the Democratic presidential candidates ahead of Tuesday night’s debate. People online couldn’t help but notice the apparent lack of color in the image–and they’re not talking about the image being in black and white (because it’s not).
Originally, 29 candidates were vying for the Democratic party’s vote. Now, only six of the top candidates will be gracing the debate stage in Des Moines, Iowa, for the last remaining debate before the Feb. 3 Iowa caucuses. All six candidates, as made evident by the preview image, are white.
The candidates are Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, and Tom Steyer.
“Tonight’s candidates and podium positioning #DemDebate,” Twitter account @Behind2020 wrote, along with the image, courtesy of the Times.
Behind 2020 is a Twitter account capturing “candid moments, 2020 gems, friendships, facts, and social media highlights” of the 2020 primary, according to its bio.
One Twitter user responded with a GIF of The Office’s Michael Scott, portrayed by Steve Carell, saying “You’re so white.”
They are all Wealthy white people. Kjiiiiiikkkjii— David (@untipohorrendo) January 14, 2020
Even though he remains a highly funded candidate, Andrew Yang did not qualify for the debate, according to the Times. Yang’s campaign claims he raised more than $16.5 million last quarter. But, he is polling “significantly lower” than the six candidates who did qualify, according to NBC News.
Some of Yang’s supporters think he was snubbed from the debate stage.
“Only white people. No @AndrewYang. Suspicious,” Twitter user @WickedShineGame wrote.
Only white people. No @AndrewYang. Suspicious.— Wicked Shine (@WickedShineGame) January 14, 2020
Besides the lack of diversity, the image is standing out to people in other ways. The photo is seemingly altered to make the candidates closer in height. But, most debate watchers know that Buttigieg does not size up in reality.
“These height proportions are F*CKING SENDING ME RN WTF,” Twitter user @len_len_mendoza pointed out.
These height proportions ARE FUCKING SENDING ME RN WTF 😡😡😡😡— Lenin Mendoza (@len_len_mendoza) January 14, 2020
Another noted how awkward the photo looks.
“it’s great that all six look almost, but not quite, human,” Twitter user @AndyWarrenStein wrote.
it's great that all six look almost, but not quite, human— neoliberal who's actually a social democrat (@AndyWarrenStein) January 14, 2020
The debate is slated to air at 9pm ET on CNN.
Libby Cohen is a third-year University of Texas student originally from New Jersey. She has written for ORANGE Magazine, the Daily Texan, and most recently interned for 1010 WINS in NYC. She's now back in Austin writing for the Texas Standard and the Daily Dot.