This might be the most popular, most wildly viral sensation since OnlyFans went mainstream — or the New York Times launched, effectively, Wordle.
As the Times named Joseph Kahn its new government editor on Tuesday, succeeding former honcho Dean Baquet, the Old Gray Lady sanctioned a splashy portrait and profile of their nascent chief for New York Magazine — which captured the promotion in a disarmingly seductive method.
The ensuing, maybe unintentional, erotica — that includes sufficient arched-back and are available hither gaze to make pinup pioneers Rita Hayworth and Marilyn Monroe proud — may simply drive foot fetishists all over the place right into a frenzy, as effectively.
The glowing characteristic ran alongside a photo spread of Kahn, 57, together with a now widely-mocked picture — on social media, after all — exhibiting the well-dressed however shoeless Grey Lady boss in repose, sinuously stretched throughout an expensive Asian rug on the ground of his regal, mahogany-trimmed Fifth Avenue dwelling office, beside his Chinese-lettered espresso mug and a morning learn — the Times, after all.
Needless to say, the stocking-feet portrait hyping the “new, old school” exec editor “relaxing with the paper,” because it’s captioned, was a baffling selection. Readers famous as a lot on-line — whereas drawing a lot of comparisons to “Zoolander,” in addition to the enduring picture of “Seinfeld” character George Costanza posed alluringly in solely socks and manties on a fainting sofa.
“What was the goal here?” journalist Mairead Elordi asked in regards to the photo in question, snapped by Chris Buck. Newtown capturing survivor and anti-violence advocate JT Lewis added to the sentiment, “I just don’t understand how this probably had to be approved by a slew of people and no one objected.”
“There has not been enough cringe produced in all of human history to properly react to this,” writer Jim Hanson responded to the photo.
“I too ‘relax with the paper’ while sitting uncomfortably on the floor right next to my desk and chaise,” Noah Blum joked.
“Draw me like one of your French girls,” RealClearInvestigations senior author Mark Hemingway parodied, together with one other who quipped in a now-deleted reply, “I bet he has many leather bound books, and his office smells of rich mahogany.”
Writer Shawn McCreesh aptly conveyed Kahn — inheritor to “journalism’s Iron Throne,” the reporter mused, in addition to his father’s co-founding Staples fortune — as privileged and “fabulously wealthy,” because of an elite Boston upbringing that led to a prestigious boarding college schooling earlier than graduating from Harvard.
During one passage, McCreesh described the highest editor’s enviable life-style along with his spouse Shannon, who previously labored at world financial institution, and two elite school-educated sons, whereas insisting they’re not “flashy.”
Unconvincingly, McCreesh wrote, “But he does have a taste for the finer things. He is a familiar face at opening night of the Metropolitan Opera. He is an oenophile with a particular fondness for Burgundy and is part of a wine consortium that includes the billionaire Joseph Bae.”
The Post has reached out to NYT brass for remark about Kahn’s viral va-va-voom.