Jennifer Aniston and Adam Scott
- A star-studded dinner attended by Jennifer Aniston and Courtney Cox is causing a stir online.
- Kristen Bell shared an Instagram of the dinner, also attended by John Mulaney and Adam Scott.
- Social media users have since been debating the noticeable lack of diversity among the guests.
Jennifer Aniston and Adam ScottA recent star-studded dinner party attended by the likes of Jennifer Aniston, Courtney Cox, and John Mulhaney has sparked an online debate about a noticeable lack of diversity among the guests.
Controversy ensued when “The Good Place” actor Kristen Bell shared a photo of the A-List gathering in an Instagram slideshow on July 7. Bell, who is married to fellow actor and comedian Dax Shepherd, captioned the post “Idaho, chapter 1.”
The third image, taken at South Fork Lodge in Sweet Valley, Idaho, showed a dining table where some 25 guests are seated. They included “Friends” actors Jennifer Aniston and Courtney Cox, Cox’s boyfriend Johnny McDaid, Jason Bateman, Adam Scott, John Mulaney, Olivia Munn, Jimmy Kimmel, and David Chang.
In the days since Bell shared her post, however, social media users began noticing the same thing when it came to the star-studded guests: a lot of them appear to be white.
In a tweet featuring the image, Dr. Arghavan Salles, a diversity consultant, wrote: “Seemingly ‘natural’ homogeneous gatherings like this are a result of the systematic exclusion of marginalized people and further perpetuate the marginalization.”
Seemingly “natural” homogeneous gatherings like this are a result of the systematic exclusion of marginalized people and further perpetuate the marginalization.
Here are my favorite tweets pointing out this absurdity. pic.twitter.com/l12UgsMiG7
— Arghavan Salles, MD, PhD (@arghavan_salles) July 12, 2023
Salles’ tweet posted Wednesday, has been viewed more than 3.8 million times and has received 18,400 likes.
In subsequent tweets, Salles shared several memes other Twitter users had made from the original photo, such as one where a user wrote: “pov: you go to a job interview for a company that has ‘we value diversity on their homepage.'”
Another tweet was posted by the Society for Cultural Anthropology that read: “The posting: “Scholars from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.” The department:.”
Entertainment news account Pop Crave retweeted the image, and one user wrote said: “Kristen Bell thought she was sharing a wholesome photo of her dinner party, and it has blown up into a commentary about unconscious bias and diversity. I understand the critiques but recognize that people are tribal and socialize with those they have the most in common.”
Debate about the photo has also crossed over to TikTok where users like Bonnie Dilber, who calls herself a tech recruiter, shared a video discussing how some people have defended the photo as simply showing a gathering of friends.
In the clip, Dilber compared the dinner to a “work lunch” at a company that lacks “disproportionate representation.”
“Lots of other people are saying ‘Hey these are just friends who work together, this wasn’t a DEI lunch, this wasn’t intended to be a work lunch, so we shouldn’t be holding them accountable to diversity.’ But this is exactly how we’ve ended up in a place where the most senior roles at so many companies are held by white men or by white people,” she said.
Reactions on Bell’s Instagram were mixed. One of the most-liked comments was posted by a user described it as a “table of legends.”
“Going seat by seat at that dinner was just the gift that kept on giving lol,” another wrote.
Representatives for Kristen Bell did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Insider, made outside normal working hours.