Is Vogue racist?

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.

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6 Responses to “Is Vogue racist?”

  1. matt Says:

    did a black columnist have to write this? or could a white columnist have wrote this? i think it’s a good column btw.

  2. zachary Says:

    if a white columist wrote that there would be blood in the streets.

    the blacks are animals, thats why they always have to pose like them in magazine. its only natural…

  3. sloan Says:

    a lot of white bloggers wrote similar stuff. i think it’d be difficult for a white person to tell lebron that he has to watch his image more closely (like hill does there.)

  4. zachary Says:

    whose lebrons agent? if hes white, i bet he tells him to watch his image, daily.

  5. zachary Says:

    good article. and thats f’n dumb that hes wearing some warmups and not a suit.

    classic example African American women are always posing with animals or animal print in bikini mags. im sure theres an example of this in the latest SI. i know there has been in the past.

    why would lebron sign off on looking like that?

    and what were the other male coverists of vogue wearing?

  6. sloan Says:

    i don’t know what they were wearing.

    the cover story is apparently “secrets of the best bods.” so maybe they wanted to show off lebron’s gigantor arms? i have no idea.

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