LeBron James/Gisele Bundchen Vogue Cover Controversy

Though I love hoopla, I’ve been kind of ignoring this LeBron James/Gisele Bundchen story. However, today, I’ve finally decided to write about this because it’s really growing into a major thing. The controversy is about LeBron’s ferocious pose that has him manhandling Gisele. Some people are saying that this is a perpetuation of racial stereotypes, with Lebron, who happens to be the first black man ever to grace the cover of Vogue, taking on a King Kong-esque demeanor:


About the Annie Leibovitz cover, Vogue spokesperson Patrick O’Connel says:

“We think LeBron James and Gisele Bundchen look beautiful together and we are honored to have them on the cover.”

For his part, LeBron says:

“Everything my name is on is going to be criticized in a good way or bad way,” James told the paper. “Who cares what anyone says?”

Others, including me, say this is BULL-logna! They knew what they were doing when they chose this cover. Don’t be stupid. I don’t necessarily think it’s racist, because Vogue is artistic, and this could possibly be proving a point, but they were definitely trying to be provocative. Duh. Do you doubt Anna Wintour?

On a side note, I just realized what a cool name LeBron is.

— Valentina


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The context: first cover of a black man on their magazine- Ever. First time out, positive emotions on display or negative ones? Hmmmm. Negative? We all love LeBron, but lets not let that arrest us from shaming Annie Lebovitz and Vogue. They should know better. There are more than enough negative portrayals of black men in the media. Enough! Have some sense! There is a name for it: it is called “Race Baiting for Fun and Profit.” Time to call it what it is. To conclude that the cover is harmless is not possible unless one views it out of context.

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