A photo was posted on social media over the weekend featuring House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) posing with over 100 Congressional interns.
"I think this sets a record for the most number of #CapitolHill interns in a single selfie. #SpeakerSelfie," the caption read on Ryan's official Instagram account.
A photo posted by Speaker Paul Ryan (@speakerryan) on
The photo quickly gained traction — not for the number of interns but for the color of their skin. Almost every intern is white.
Online commenters were quick to call the post "embarrassing," and some even compared the photo to a Where's Waldo? puzzle.
"Where is the racial/ethnic diversity?" one Instagram user wrote.
"Your record for most white interns in a selfie," wrote another.
"Good lord! That is embarrassing — NO diversity!!! Wow!" another added.
And it didn't stop there.
One Instagram user commented that the shot was "whiter than a snow storm," and another even asked if the photo was of a "#KuKluxKlan meeting."
Folks on Twitter chimed in as well:
That picture of Paul Ryan with the GOP interns is so white that I had to put on sunglasses to look directly at it. #GOPSoWhite— Awesomely Luvvie (@Luvvie)July 17, 2016
Finding a POC in this image is like playing Where's Waldo. I did manage to find one tho.— Matthew A. Cherry (@MatthewACherry) July 17, 2016
The hashtags "#InternsSoWhite" and "#GOPSoWhite" quickly took off, mimicking the #OscarsSoWhite controversy surrounding this year's Academy Awards.
(H/T: Daily Mail)