MOORESTOWN, N.J. -- A New Jersey magazine is backpedaling after promoting a "women's empowerment" panel composed of four men.
Social media criticism was swift after South Jersey Magazine started promoting its "Women in Business: A man's point of view" panel on Monday afternoon.
This is real..... pic.twitter.com/HVYH3FDyxd
— Yashar Ali (@yashar) October 23, 2017
"There are better ways to support women than to have four privileged middle-aged white men take over the stage. This is tone deaf at best," wrote Twitter user Dan Jelly.
"Nothing like a good old 'mansplanation' to 'empower' women...!!!" added Twitter user Lizzie Nolla.
"Wait until you see the African-American panel later that day," joked another Twitter user.
SJ Magazine originally defended its event by saying it had organized three other all-female panels.
"Men have a responsibility to step up and support women, and we want to start the discussion," the magazine posted on Twitter Monday night.
However, just a couple hours later, the magazine announced its decision to cancel the panel.
Statement from SJ Magazine pic.twitter.com/wwa9584h2K
— SJ Magazine (@Justsaysj) October 24, 2017