Something's Not Quite Right With This Washington Post Front Page And The Internet Has Definitely Noticed
The Debrief: Hmm... something's not quite right.
Scrolling through our Twitter timelines yesterday, we see this:
Ah, great. The front page of the good ol' Washington Post's lifestyle supplement tells us that a 150,000-strong women's rights march is taking place in Washington the day after President-elect Donald Trump's inaugration on January 20. Where do I click to re-
is this some kind of record for largest typo pic.twitter.com/kOZ9UIp0Ig— Sam Thielman (@samthielman) January 5, 2017
Oh. Oh no. The designers at the Washington Post Express illustrated yesterday's front page with the male sex symbol (derived from the astrological symbol for Mars) instead of the female one (depicting Venus).
It's so easily done though... right? When you've been staring at a screen for so long, making sure that the hues of 150,000 tiny protesters' t-shirts complement each other, it really is anyone's mistake to make.
And it's definitely not the first time this has happened, pointed out by feminist author and Guardian columnist Jessica Valenti, who was quick to mention another page-1 blunder from 1996:
@samthielman it's right up there with Ms magazine once misspelling 'feminism' on their cover— Jessica Valenti (@JessicaValenti) January 5, 2017
Take a peek at that massive typo from feminisim [sic] magazine Ms. here.
But the poor souls at Washington Post Express were quick to apologise, releasing this statement on their Twitter page yesterday afternoon:
We made a mistake on our cover this morning and we’re very embarrassed. We erroneously used a male symbol instead of a female symbol.— Express (@WaPoExpress) January 5, 2017
Erroneously. Great word. Bet they triple-spell-checked that one before hitting 'Tweet'.
And, just in case you were wondering:
This is how the cover should have looked. We apologize for the mistake. pic.twitter.com/MKKOkHPV8T— Express (@WaPoExpress) January 5, 2017
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