New York Post Slammed As 'Racist' For Describing Khaby Lame As 'Laid Off Factory Worker'

June 24th, 2022 - 3:11 PM EDT by Adam Downer

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Khabane "Khaby" Lame recently overtook Charli D'Amelio to become the most followed account on TikTok, and while it's notable and worthy of media coverage, there was certainly a wrong way to frame this story, as proven by The New York Post's headline from yesterday.

The tweet from the Post, a publication known for its sometimes poor sensitivity in handling issues of race, set off alarm bells for naming D'Amelio but referring to Lame, a Black man who is obviously one of the most famous people on social media, as merely a "laid-off factory worker." Many took this slight as racist and dismissive of Lame's accomplishment. Soon, Twitter users began harshly criticizing the NY Post in the QRTs.

Upon further inspection, it's plausible that this was a mere oversight on the part of the Post's social team rather than an intended, malicious slight. The actual story in the New York Post names Lame in the first sentence and seems to highlight the impressiveness of Lame's rise to TikTok fame after being laid off from his factory job at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Former machine operator Khabane Lame has become the most followed star on TikTok — two years after he created an account on the social media app after losing his job during the pandemic," goes the story's lede. D'Amelio is not mentioned beyond being named as the person Lame overtook to become the most followed creator on TikTok. The rest of the story theorizes why Lame grew so popular on the app and tracked his quick rise to fame.

The Post updated the story's headline to name Lame and apologized for the oversight in a follow-up tweet.

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Haven't read the article yet, but it looks like they were trying to do a rags-to-riches narrative? Everyone loves it when a successful person comes from humble origins, so emphasizing that helps pulls in the clicks.


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