The new issue of Vogue magazine is out today. And apparently, the cover photo is sparking some controversy. I don't quite understand why.
Part of the AP story:
When Vogue announced its April cover starring LeBron James and Gisele Bundchen, the magazine noted with some fanfare that James was the first black man to grace its cover.
But the image is stirring up controversy, with some commentators decrying the photo as perpetuating racial stereotypes. James strikes what some see as a gorilla-like pose, baring his teeth, with one hand dribbling a ball and the other around Bundchen’s tiny waist.
It’s an image some have likened to “King Kong” and Fay Wray.
Full story here.
Honestly, I don't think Vogue set out to make some cover photo with any sort of racial undertones. For cryin' out loud, Annie Lebovitz shot the photos. She's amazing. I'm sure Lebron and Gisele both had to approve the shots....they don't seem to have an issue with it.
My first thought when I saw the photo wasn't "SHOCKING!"...it was more like, "Oh, nice picture. I need to remember to pick up this issue. Oh, and I might just renew my subscription."
Seriously. Why can't we all just ge along?