Esquire’s ‘American Boy’ cover story launches white-bashing tirade over Trump-supporting teen

Esquire magazine found itself embroiled in a fiery debate on social media after publishing a cover story on a 17-year-old white teenager.

The publication came under fire for its March cover story focusing on Ryan Morgan from West Bend, Wisconsin as a white American boy growing up “in the era of social media, school shooting, toxic masculinity, #MeToo, and a divided country.”

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The story choice and the cover sparked outrage on social media as many denounced Esquire for “radicalizing white mediocrity for the clicks,” and having it hit newsstands during Black History Month.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s daughter, Christine Pelosi, slammed the publication for “making a series of bad choices.”

Former ESPN host Jemele Hill fired off a tweet loaded with sarcasm.

Esquire editor-in-chief Jay Fielden explained in a separate piece entitled “Why Your Ideological Echo Chamber Isn’t Just Bad For You,”  that the March cover story on Morgan is part of a “series on growing up now — white, black, LGBTQ, female — that will continue to appear in coming issues.”

Fielden added that author Jennifer Percy was asked “to look at our divided country through the eyes of one kid.”

“Ryan Morgan is his name. He’s white, lives in the middle of the reddest county in Wisconsin, and, as you will see, he is an unusually mature, intelligent, and determined young man,” Fielden said.

The installment focusing on Morgan detailed the “struggles” faced by the high school senior as a Trump supporter.

‘Last year was really bad,’ he told the magazine. ‘I couldn’t say anything without pissing someone off.’

‘It ruined friendships and changed social groups. People were making friends based on their politics more than anything,” he said.

But Esquire was torched on social media for nearly everything about their new issue.

Many other Twitter users, however, were equally fired up about the left’s outrage over the Esquire cover.

 

Frieda Powers

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Originally from New York, Powers graduated from New York University and eventually made her way to sunny South Florida where she has been writing for the BizPacReview team since 2015.
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