Paul Ryan criticized over selfie with interns

Instagram photo slammed for lack of diversity
Posted at 11:38 AM, Jul 18, 2016

This picture's so white you ought to wear shades.

A selfie posted to Instagram by Speaker of the House Paul Ryan got criticized due to an apparent lack of diversity among the staffers on Capitol Hill.

The photo showed a smiling Ryan with dozens of young people behind him. In his caption, Ryan said those pictured with him were all "Capitol Hill interns."

The problem? Nearly all the people packed into the group photo appear to be white.


I think this sets a record for the most number of #CapitolHill interns in a single selfie. #SpeakerSelfie.

A photo posted by Speaker Paul Ryan (@speakerryan) on


Since being posted on Sunday, the image was liked — and commented upon — on Instagram more than 5,000 times. Many comments criticized the image, writing things like, "Equality matters," and "This doesn't represent the real America."

Clint Davis covers entertainment and trending news topics for the Scripps National Desk. Follow him on Twitter @MrClintDavis.