ESSENCE Poll: Is ‘Call-Out’ Culture Okay?
Michael Goldman

Call-out culture: Cyberbullying for 2015?

Thanks to the non-privacy of social media, people now have access to every photo, status or tweet that you post. Some people see it as a way of sharing their everyday musings, but other people take it as an invite to thrust their intellect and moral code onto others. Meet “call-out culture.”

Last week, Vogue‘s editor-at-large, Elisabeth von Thurn und Taxis (Elisabeth TNT), came under fire for what some called a “tasteless” Instagram post. In Paris for fashion week, she snapped a pic of a homeless woman reading Vogue and captioned the photo “Paris is full of surprises…and @voguemagazine readers even in unexpected corners!”

The fury came in droves. Instagram users shamed her, leaving comments such as “I think this comment was made in poor taste. Shame on you,” and “This photo is cruel.” TNT snapped back, writing “OMG, calm down. Even the homeless are allowed to have good taste,” but she eventually took the photo down and issued an apology.

Though her photo raised many eyebrows, it left other people wondering what, exactly, was so offensive. But after posters flocked to her page, she backed down.

We want to know: When you see a post that straddles the line between social commentary and controversial, is it okay to leave a comment condemning their post? Is call-out culture ever okay? Take our poll and leave us a comment explaining why you feel that way.

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