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I'm black and I really don't get the controversy. Both of them look pretty horrid on the cover, it was just not a great selection. The King Kong reference isn't nice at all either...

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^i agree, i wouldn't so much see the cover as a race issue, it just looks terrible overall....

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I was about to say. Am i the only one who finds the cover offensive?

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LeBron James seems to be embodying ugly stereotypes about black men: The wild, savage, white-woman-obsessed beast.

I wonder wtf Annie Leibovitz or Vogue where thinking.
i definitely find it offensive, so you aren't alone. i've been doing an anti-racist workshop and we've been studying the different stereotypes of African-Americans (during slavery, after the Emancipation Proclamation, during the Jim Crow Era, until today) and one of them being "The Brute," big, black, murderous, harmful to white women etc.

granted both look pretty awful on the front, it should make us all wonder then why they would choose that photo at all!?
and for people saying that it's just "his game face," i'll be honest i don't watch basketball much, but i've never seen LeBron with that face as he dribbled a ball. it's really shameful especially as the cover is suppose to be something progressive A.) a person of color on the cover and B.) a man.
although i can do without males on Vogue covers, as it is targeted for women, people of color on a high fashion magazine cover is something really progressive to me. but portraying them in a stereotypical way is just doing nothing really. the two other photos of LeBron and Gisele were much better, the one where they are sitting is a beautiful photo imo because it displays both their beauty. but more the one on the basketball court as it displayed his athleticism as a basketball player.

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I believe I've said it before and I'll say it again.I hate this cover.

Even Sienna's sickly looking January 2006 cover with her in the puke green Chloe dress was more tolerable.

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I don't know, you could fill twenty workshops talking about the unfair representation of women as being a thin as a toothpick, as Gisi is on that cover, and how that negatively impacts on American womanhood. You could talk the talk forever.

Everything in fashion is an affront to fair play, it's just that our eyes have accepted most of it, but black people on the cover of US Vogue is still news, no matter what they're doing.

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who is that guy?

Anna looks like she could be one of the witches from that Roald Dahl book.

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who is that guy?
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Hahaha! Gawker does it again

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^And Gawker continues what it does best...gathering the most amusing media content from all over!


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I'm black and I really don't get the controversy. Both of them look pretty horrid on the cover, it was just not a great selection. The King Kong reference isn't nice at all either...
Same here. I'm black, and I didn't get a racial undertone at all. Just a horrible cover, for both!

And yes, I go to a NBA game once a week, I've seen Lebron play. That's the face and stance he's done plenty of times after dunking, for ex. It would be different if I'd never seen him with that face or that stance before, then maybe I'd wonder why they made him do that.

I mean, some people will see "racism" in anything.

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i missed the april issue.any good articles? what was that "you are not what you eat" article all about?any new info?

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i missed the april issue.any good articles? what was that "you are not what you eat" article all about?any new info?
Jeffrey's Steingarten's articles are always interesting as he's a wonderful writer...there was a lot about weight in this issue...which of course we won't be discussing here.


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