Earlier today, Ebony had a rather impressive comeback to critics of its new Trayvon Martin-themed cover, but the very premise of the joke may have been based on nothing more than a rumor. The magazine announced, via a Twitter zinger, that they did not care if the Tea Party was going to boycott their September issue because of the covers. Except there's little-to-no evidence "the Tea Party" had plans to do such a thing.
Let's back up for a moment. Instead of following the September magazine tradition of putting beautiful people in beautiful (expensive) clothes on the cover, Ebony decided to put out a series of covers, featuring celebrities in grey hoodies in solidarity with Trayvon Martin. The models included director Spike Lee, Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade, actor and model Boris Kodjoe, and the surviving members of Martin's family. The covers are pretty spectacular:
The covers were released yesterday, and Ebony got some deserved praise from Mediaite and Jezebel, among others. But things took a turn for the negative today when talk began spreading online that Tea Party had allegedly called for a boycott against the magazine. Ebony tweeted their defiance:
We have so many Tea Party readers and followers. To lose all zero of them due to our September cover would be devastating.— EBONY (@EBONYMag) August 7, 2013
That's a good response. Unfortunately, a search for the target of the zinger shows that there's almost no evidence suggesting that the Tea Party, however you want to define it, was planning any boycott against the magazine in the first place. (We sent an email to Ebony for comment on the tweet, but did not hear back.)