Gary Vaynerchuk Apologizes for Cannes Party Invite Seeking 'Attractive Females Only'

Cindy Gallop blasts VaynerMedia and Thrillist email

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CANNES, France—Cannes Lions 2016 has its first truly cringeworthy moment, in the form of a party invitation seeking "attractive females and models only."

The email went out to a number of festival participants who planned to attend The Wednesday Party, an event sponsored by digital agency VaynerMedia and media company Thrillist Media Group with a musical performance by Wyclef Jean.

UPDATE: Thrillist founder and CEO Ben Lerer responded to the controversy via an internal staff email that appears in part at the bottom of this story.

A female agency executive tells Adweek that she and two female colleagues received the email while having lunch in Cannes on Tuesday.



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