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The ‘Men And Coffee’ Instagram Is Giving Followers Everything…Except Diversity

The Internet has been on a [hot guy + (cute animal ∧∨ symbol of refinement)] = [virality + new underwear] kick lately, most recently culminating in the Men and Coffee Instagram.

I love coffee and I generally harbor no homicidal feelings toward men, so I immediately checked out the account and its corresponding website that also hosts pictures of celebrities/models with or without coffee. When I reached the end of both streams, my immediate thought was “That was a lot of white guys.”

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There’s a light sprinkling of men of color, but Men and Coffee, like most of its viral counterparts, is noticeably whitewashed. It isn’t until you dive, very deeply, into the hashtags themselves that you begin to find a smidgen more diversity.

Obviously, attraction is subjective and intersects with socioeconomic status, but it’s unmistakable how much white beauty permeates the world as the gold standard, evidenced by media representation, the black hair industry and OkCupid’s data, just to name a few.

This isn’t an attack on Alex Tooby, the Men and Coffee creator who mostly just pulls images from the newly created hashtag; this is a broader issue of how we perceive attraction.

I’m sure there are men of color drinking coffee, reading and walking their dogs around you all the time. Why not diversify some hashtags?

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Food Truck Derby: The Sickest, Most ‘Go-Kart’-Esque Food Trucks Around

Decked out food trucks are like the little kids’ go-karts of the culinary world, and we can only imagine how much people would pay to see a few of them face off. But we’re not talking Great Food Truck Race, here. No, these “coolest looking food trucks” the guys at Thrillist rounded up deserve the full Little Rascals-treatment. You know, oversized aviator goggles, shameless sabotage, Reba as a celebrity guest judge – the works. I mean, they already look like a every twelve year old’s pipe dream. It’s only right we use them like it.

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Gastro Bomber – Dallas, Texas

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Aviation theme? Check. Shark mouth? Check. Potty humor name? Check plus. Their “green chile mashed potato-aided fried shepherd’s pie croquettes” are sure to turn you into a major gastro bomber.

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Grillennium Falcon – Fayetteville, Arkansas

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If these guys were to race, you just know the Grillennium Falcon would be the last to roll out. Probably will lasers, an epic soundtrack and way too much CGI.

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Roving Mammoth – Mammoth Mountain, California

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The Roving Mammoth apparently rolls up and down the slopes of Mammoth mountain, meaning it’ll be a virtual tank down here in suburbia. Monster food truck rally anyone? Now serving burritos.

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Jalopy Rotisserie and Press – Austin, Texas

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I’ll admit, I really only wanted to include this because I thought the teal menu board was a slide, but I guess the fact that this sandwich truck was painted by an “army of artists” is pretty cool too.

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Maximus Minimus – Seattle, Washington

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It’s a giant metal pig serving pork sandwiches, guys. Your argument is invalid.

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Check out the rest over at Thrillist.