Sometimes “better than ever” still leaves room for improvement.
Take for example Vanity Fair‘s new article on “Why Late-Night Television Is Better than Ever,” in which writer David Kamp asserts that the recent changing of the Leno-Letterman-Stewart guard has “revitalized the format” of late-night talk shows. The accompanying photo features an all-star lineup of after-dark dudes — Stephen Colbert, Conan O’Brien, Trevor Noah, James Corden, Jimmy Kimmel, John Oliver, Seth Meyers, Larry Wilmore, Jimmy Fallon, and Bill Maher — but not a single woman.
That glaring omission was not lost on former Daily Show correspondent Samantha Bee, who tweeted her own improved version of the photo Monday. She labeled the original image “good,” then presented a “better” edit, with herself Photoshopped in as muscular, tatooed centaur with laser-beam eyes.
To Kamp’s credit, he does address the gender imbalance in his article. “What’s conspicuously missing from late-night, still, is women,” he writes. “How gobsmackingly insane is it that no TV network has had the common sense — and that’s all we’re talking about in 2015, not courage, bravery, or even decency — to hand over the reins of an existing late-night comedy program to a female person?”
On the bright side, Kamp notes, Bee has her own late-night show, Full Frontal, coming to TBS next year, and Chelsea Handler has a Netflix show in the works (also due in 2016).
“Two female hosts plus the 10 men featured here is still a long way from a late-night that truly looks like America,” Kamp writes. “But the next version of this story’s opening picture will be that much brighter.”
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