This embarrassing international incident highlights not only Australia’s stubborn refusal to act on the urgency of race, but the media's stubborn refusal to even listen.
For all the words written and shared about diversity and representation, what's actually been done? And who's benefiting from the cyclic system of outrage and inaction?
The US publication has been plagued by criticism since hitting our shores, but is its coverage really so unusual? This is what the rest of the world has always dealt with.
Mohammed bin Salman seems to be engaging in a sectarian soft war, and the media are following along like puppy dogs.
This toxic climate that insists on misreading the words of others and then punishing them for the misreading, undermines any prospect of intelligent and robust debate.
While renewed scrutiny of alleged sexual predators is always welcome, punishing actors who work with them is a futile form of activism and justice.