WTH? Wheel of Fortune Used a Backdrop of Slaves for ‘Southern Charm’ Week

NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 29:  Host Pat Sajak (R) and co-host Vanna White pose for photos during a taping of "Wheel Of Fortune Celebrity Week" celebrating the television game show's 25th anniversary at Radio City Music Hall on September 29, 2007 in New York City.  (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)

WTH? Wheel of Fortune Used a Backdrop of Slaves for ‘Southern Charm’ Week

Twitter lost it.

Published June 19, 2017

Wheel of Fortune is one of the longest-running shows on television and usually the last thing one would associate with controversy, but all that changed when the game show used an image of Black slaves as part of their "Southern Charm Week" campaign.

Fans noticed a picture of two Black women in antebellum dress as part of the backdrop, and Twitter went off.

While the producers at Wheel of Fortune may call this an "innocent mistake," the racial blindness and lack of representation that leads to this kind of gaffe is truly a problem in our society.

  1. Here's the backdrop in question. Anything look wrong with this picture?

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Written by Evelyn Diaz

(Photo: Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)

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