The Central Intelligence Agency earned ridicule on Twitter after it recently released an advertisement profiling a “cisgender millennial” agent.
The ad follows an unidentified 36-year-old Latina CIA agent, who identifies as a “woman of color” who has been “diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder.”
“I am intersectional, but my existence is not a box-checking exercise,” the agent says in the video, later adding that she “refuse[s] to internalize misguided, patriarchal ideas of what a woman can or should be.”
In the ad, the agent says she previously struggled with imposter syndrome but has since become proud of her accomplishments.
“I am a walking declaration, a woman whose inflection does not rise at the end of her sentences, suggesting that a question has been asked,” she says, adding that she can “change a diaper with one hand and console a crying toddler with the other.”
The video, which speaks little of the qualifications needed to work at the CIA or what the job entails, was mocked on Twitter by users who slammed the ad as an appeal to “woke millennials.”
I hope the CIA actually is hiring fail brain millennials with debilitating anxiety like in the ad. that would be hilarious. Sam Fisher getting captured and tortured because the analyst working on his mission is hyperventilating due to being quote tweeted
— Anor Londo gentrifier (@ByYourLogic)
May 2, 2021
The CIA used to be about mission to country. (I speak from experience)
Now it’s now about demanding — and getting — accommodation to fix an emotional wound or advance a personal agenda.
America is less safe with this new CIA, and dangerously more political. https://t.co/bYiP1vK7rB
— BDW (@BryanDeanWright)
May 2, 2021
The CIA’s appeal to a diverse audience follows the Federal Bureau of Investigation hiring Scott McMillion as its first chief diversity officer.
“As our chief diversity officer, Scott is the right person to ensure that the FBI fosters a culture of diversity and inclusion and that our workforce reflects the communities we serve,” FBI Director said of the move on April 20. “I’m grateful he has agreed to bring his talent, experience, and dedication to our Office of Diversity and Inclusion, where he will build upon the important work that others started.”
Branches of the U.S. military have also taken steps to promote diversity in the workplace, with the Navy creating a task force in February aiming to “combat discrimination,” which recommended that sailors take a pledge to “acknowledge all lived experiences and intersectional identities.”
“I pledge to advocate for and acknowledge all lived experiences and intersectional identities of every Sailor in the Navy,” the proposed pledge read. “I pledge to engage in ongoing self-reflection, education, and knowledge sharing to better myself and my communities. I pledge to be an example in establishing healthy, inclusive, and team-oriented environments. I pledge to constructively share all experiences and information gained from activities above to inform the development of Navywide reforms.”
The CIA initially released the video on March 25 but a condensed version was published on April 28.