Bill Simmons is the only ESPN Page 2 writer I read with any regularity nowadays. It just seems like they’ve really fallen behind online in terms of fresh perspectives and interesting content (though Insider still has useful stuff.) I thought Jemele Hill could help (mostly because I’m biased towards anyone from Detroit) but I haven’t been super intrigued by her pieces either.
That being said, this thing she did about Lebron’s Vogue cover is good:
Now, maybe the point was to show the contrast between brawn and beauty, masculinity versus femininity, strength versus grace. But Vogue’s quest to highlight the differences between superstar athletes and supermodels only successfully reinforces the animalistic stereotypes frequently associated with black athletes.
I don’t really know what to think about the cover, but it’s definitely very strange (on a lot of levels.)
Why have Lebron pose with a woman famously attached to another star athlete? Who could look that pissed off next to Gisele?
I don’t know, read the column.