With Sunday night’s Golden Globe Awards putting a spotlight on women and the #MeToo movement – and in an age when audiences have grown of red carpet reporters asking female celebrities only about who they’re wearing on the red carpet – The New York Times made a misstep when it captioned an image of Rita Moreno and Norman Lear. Moreno – who stars in the reboot of One Day at a Time, the show Lear developed in the 1970s – arrived at the event on a scooter that Lear drove. In an image, the NYT reduced one of the Latino community’s most legendary actress as Lear’s guest.
New York Times does not use Rita Moreno’s name, instead calls her “a guest.” Rita Moreno is one of 12 EGOTs in history – she has won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony. pic.twitter.com/gXGPsppZUt
— Yashar Ali (@yashar) January 8, 2018
But Moreno – who is a natural treasure – has one of the most storied careers in Hollywood. She’s one of a handful of EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony) winners (and the only Latina), and her career has spanned more than 60 years. With the NYT diminishing her work, people voiced their disappointment:
Rita Morena paved the way for so many latina actresses in Hollywood and they dare the call her a “guest”?! No, señores, a mi Rita Moreno me la respetan! https://t.co/cYGdba8fZt
— Nessa (@vanessago_89) January 8, 2018
That is outrageous! Rita Moreno is an icon and an amazingly talented human being with a mind blowing career. A “guest”? SMH….
— Sarah Poole (@sdspoole79) January 8, 2018
— Vero (@codeeveronica) January 8, 2018
— Inez G. Perezchica (@zezinez) January 8, 2018
Rita Moreno shows up on a red carpet wearing a bedazzled black leather jacket and fabulousness and you identify her as "and guest." Que la chingada!!! https://t.co/D0hWFexsMb
— Michelle Rodriguez (@itsthebangs) January 8, 2018
— Sassy Maggie ❤️ Sanvers (@HedaDarth) January 8, 2018
Even Lear got in on the action:
.@TheRitaMoreno and guest.
— Norman Lear (@TheNormanLear) January 8, 2018
The Times eventually updated its caption.
— The New York Times (@nytimes) January 8, 2018