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Newsweek Slammed for Cover Photo of Phallic Balloon


Newsweek is getting widely criticized after sharing a sneak peek of the cover on the November 17th issue of the magazine. To illustrate the lead article about sexual harassment, the magazine decided to use a photo of a feminine hand sticking a needle into a phallic balloon.

The cover was Tweeted by both the magazine and its Global Executive Producer, Alfred Joyner:

“Pop go the weasels. #MeToo is taking down powerful men in all fields. Is Donald Trump next?,” the cover asks.

Reaction to the cover was swift, and the choice of cover photo appears to have received more attention than the story itself. Here’s a sampling of the criticism on Twitter:

Publications have also been putting out opinion pieces denouncing the cover photo choice, calling it “wrong“, “awful“, and “nope.”

“I am of a certain age to remember a time when Newsweek was an award-winning outlet for powerful news photography,” writes former SF Chronicle photo director Judy Walgren at Reading the Pictures. “Over the past decade, we have all been forced to bear witness to the slow and painful decline and demise of print publications in the United States.”