New York Post invites controversy with insult-filled story about homeless man eating at Whole Foods
Backlash has been swift and fierce in response to a derogatory story in the New York Post about an apparently homeless man eating food directly from a buffet at a Manhattan Whole Foods.
The story, published on December 30 under the headline “Homeless man turns Manhattan Whole Foods into his personal hot bar,” includes identifiable photos of the man accompanied by florid descriptions, like “drooling and pungent,” “visibly dirty mitts,” and “mouth [...] wet with drool and framed by a scraggly beard.” Some social media users, including prominent journalists on Twitter, condemned the Post’s story as a cruel and dehumanizing jab against homeless people, and a dubious example of journalism that neglected to include the voice of the subject himself.
There’s a lot to be said about the abject cruelty of this story — everything from the concept to the writing — but what’s really amazing is that the @nypost apparently has the resources to dedicate THREE bylines to a homeless man eating at a Whole Foods. https://t.co/DbrXHocfBP— Michael Williams (@michaeldamianw) January 1, 2020
This piece by @kennethbachor, @elizameryl, and @AaronFeis is one of the most mean-spirited, punching-down, crybaby posts I’ve ever read. The NY Post is known for this, but never saw such a blatant intention to stoke anti-homeless hate. https://t.co/LZRZiw8UrK— Rick Paulas (@RickPaulas) January 1, 2020
Every person involved in getting this published does not understand the purpose of journalism. Or humanity. I am very sad. https://t.co/EUgmFqnu1v— Laura Hayes (@LauraHayesDC) January 1, 2020
it's not "mean" it just reveals you as a phenomenally gross, heartless ghoul who lacks any sense of compassion for humans in difficult situations https://t.co/7uuZ6iOVJ0— Ashley Feinberg (@ashleyfeinberg) January 2, 2020
Others, including Post employees, defended the story as journalism that simply reported the facts:
A Whole Foods in Manhattan is allowing a deeply unsanitary situation to continue — with their own employees openly laughing about it — potentially putting their customers at risk.— Jon Levine (@LevineJonathan) January 1, 2020
If you think it’s mean to report this news, you go eat at that hot bar! https://t.co/wG6UxikxXo
ANYONE shoving their hands into food at hot bars should be publicly shamed to the fullest extent of this website. Done.— Jon Levine (@LevineJonathan) January 1, 2020
Journalism fails in part because many of the “reporters” on here have forgotten that their only job is to tell people what is happening https://t.co/fms14cK1f6— Jon Levine (@LevineJonathan) January 2, 2020
Please note, this noble journalistic endeavor — with an astonishing triple byline — begins with the line “Bum appétit,” a choice that almost certainly isn’t taught at J-schools everywhere.
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