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Newsweek's current cover story is a 5,000-word exposé on Silicon Valley's "savagely misogynistic," Wolf of Wall Street-esque culture, but what's really getting attention is the magazine's cover. The Daily Beast's Lloyd Grove catalogued the major backlash criticizing Newsweek for running an illustration of a woman wearing red heels with her dress lifted up in the back by a cursor arrow, a cover that many think is sexist. "Go home @Newsweek you're drunk/desperate/inappropriate/offensive," one tweet read. Today show co-host Tamron Hall said of the cover, "I think it's obscene and just despicable, honestly."
Newsweek EIC James Impoco told The Daily Beast: "We came up with an image that we felt represented what that story said about Silicon Valley. If people get angry, they should be angry." And Nina Burleigh, who wrote the piece, stands by the cover too. "It is unfortunate, shallow, and frankly, petty, that magazine cover critics seem more upset about an image than the actual behavior that permeates Silicon Valley culture," she said.
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