Is Lebron James Vogue Cover Racist?
Vogue finds itself at the center of a little racial controversy. The above cover for their March 2008 edition is accused, by some, of portraying Lebron James as the stereotypically savage black man lusting after Gisele Bundchen, the universal white woman in distress. Mind you, these charges don’t come from James or Bundchen. In fact, word is they quite like the cover.
I don’t see it. I mean, I do, but I don’t think the racist arguments hold much weight. Maybe if Gisele was half dressed and screaming, maybe you could entertain thoughts of a rape fantasy. But she’s quite clothed and looks quite happy and Lebron looks like he just dunked on a fool.
Everyone is entitled to their opinion. But I think we’ve gotten to a point where political correctness has gotten in the way of honest expression. To even think that Vogue intended to make a statement saying black basketball players are savage white woman rapists is absolutely insane.
So, fair readers, what say you? Is this cover racist? Is Vogue racist? Or is Gisele just happy to pose with Lebron for a cover with her?
UPDATE: I don’t want to get into the habit of republishing too much, but I thought Jason Whitlock had an interesting take on the Vogue cover. He wonders if someone should write a handbook entitled “What Will and Won’t Piss Black Folk Smooth the **** Off.”