VOGUE’S RACIST COVER

Apr 9, 2008 at 3:24 am 2 comments


I know this is a little late, but it’s nevertheless important. For anyone who doesn’t consider the cover of Vogue’s Shape issue for April inappropriate with racist undertones, look at how similar it is to a 1915 WWI army recruitment poster. The poster influenced the story of King Kong and clearly perpetuates the stereotype of the powerful, brutish black man who is after nothing but pretty, weak white ladies. Not only do LeBron James’ face and posture look practically identical to the ape, but so do the dresses worn by “lady Liberty” and Gisele.

The average reader, besides hearing others talk about the controversy, probably wouldn’t begin to think of the image as racist. Vogue clearly isn’t trying to be racist with their cover, but the fact that no one at Vogue, including famous photographer Annie Leibowitz who took the shot, didn’t look at the image and think of historically racist photographs/illustrations, like the WWI poster, or the movie King Kong (which has now been remade three times) is a little hard to believe.

It’s not like they didn’t have other, less racially-charged photos to choose from.

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  • 1. Dumuro  |  Apr 9, 2008 at 3:51 am

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  • 2. Dumuro  |  Apr 18, 2008 at 3:19 am

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