King James Kong

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The cover of Lebron James and Gisele Bundchen on the cover of Vogue has caused quite a stir. Here is a bit from an article from Page2 of ESPN.com:

LeBron’s image clearly means a lot to him, maybe even as much as pursuing a championship. And that’s why I can’t understand why he would allow Vogue to feature him with supermodel Gisele Bundchen in such a distasteful manner. LeBron has Gisele in one hand and a basketball in the other. LeBron is dressed in basketball gear, with his muscles flexing, tattoos showing and bared teeth. Gisele, on the other hand, is wearing a gorgeous slim-fitting dress, and smiling. But Vogue’s quest to highlight the differences between superstar athletes and supermodels only successfully reinforces the animalistic stereotypes frequently associated with black athletes.

A black athlete being reduced to a savage is, sadly, nothing new. But this cover gave you the double-bonus of having LeBron and Gisele strike poses that others in the blogosphere have noted draw a striking resemblance to the racially charged image of King Kong enveloping his very fair-skinned lady love interest. Vogue deserves criticism, but more blame should go to LeBron and other black athletes, who need to exercise stricter control of their images. If LeBron is brave enough to wear a Yankees cap at an Indians playoff game, picking up a history book and educating himself shouldn’t cause a strain. As it is, LeBron was the first African-American male to grace Vogue’s cover. Too bad it will be memorable for the wrong reasons.

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  • http://www.anythingblack.wordpress.com www.anythingblack.wordpress.com

    lebron is a g

  • Strongest of them All

    2nd

  • beautiful b (really)

    FINE AS HELL

  • beautiful b (really)

    @ Strongest of them All

    DAMN I WANTED THAT NUMBER 2!!!🙂

  • http://n/a obama's gir;

    i get the gist of why this is so controversial, not sure how to feel on the issue tho

  • victory is mine

    here we go….

  • Proud Republican

    Disgusting! This cover is in very bad taste indeed. Reminds of that Terell Owens Superbowl ad with the white lady from Housewives. Why can’t you stick to your sports and leave white women out of it eh?

  • http://youbettarecognize.blogspot.com bria

    Is it possible…that Vogue was simply highlighting exactly what the title of the mag is??

    Best Bodies? If it was Shemar Moore/Boris Kujoe and Gisele, what conspiracy theory would “they” come up with then???

    I swear sometimes black people always want to make something out of nothing.

  • Strongest of them All

    Jamele Hill of ESPN wrote the story. A black female..I wonder if this is a case of her disliking the fact that a “white” Giselle is in his arms??

  • Nickey

    The ignorance of people on this site never ceases to amaze me.

  • black is beautiful & right

    aww hell…here we goes again…i bet this post reaches at least 400 comments…any takers?

  • victory is mine

    @bria and strongest

    i cosign w/both of you…i didn’t see this and immediately think racist…

  • Jahpson

    what the hell? its just a freaking magazine cover for fashion!!

    Im sure the athletes are even worst in the locker rooms!!

    did they expect him to be wearing a Gucci gown and Louboutin heels? the man is an athlete!!

    his bread and butter is physical activity!! SMH at this nonsense and that pointless article!

    I wonder why no one says anything about those female models on the cover of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED!!

  • MixedPearl

    Can’t we just let LeBron enjoy being on a high fashion mag cover where in any other situation he wouldn’t even make it on the back cover’s ad?!?! White woman or not.. We need to be happy that a brotha can get some shine in a market that has so many standards that are sexist and racist.

  • ~*~IslandNik~*~

    vogue tried for ambiguity with this cover..

    on one hand its jus a cover highlightin 2 ppl in their element..

    on the other had it could b that whole.. black male athletes r animalistic..

    did they make a comment on how the cover is perceived.. i wanna hear what they have to say..

    but ido agree with the espn bit.. iwas taken back when i first saw the cover.. offended? no.

  • Doc

    Amen to the preacher I saw the cover and I new there was somenthing wrong with, i couldnt point out . its true ,its, true. im sorry but whoever wrote the article is right.

  • Strongest of them All

    I am mad now. Hill you have disrupted my day. I would like the omsbudsperson to acknowledge this, but it probably won’t happen. It’s pretty sad really. Hill gets a job with one of the most widely read media outlets in the UNIVERSE, and still has to make these pathetic attempts to call attention to herself. The funny thing is LeBron has way more to be proud of than Hill does. He is at the TOP of his chosen profession. There a list of about 5 people that have the effect on the game that he has had. I hope he laughs all the way to his high rise. ESPN, please fire Jemele Hill. Your Page 2 crew is one of the best lineups of writers ever, it’s an all-star team, and she is the Vince Carter that gets attention for reasons only god can understand.

  • Tamila

    those of you that don’t see this as racist are really crazy. it’s an image of a few very degrading stereotypes. animalizing black men. he’s clasping the prized white woman. why couldn’t he look sophisticated with a suit on? why couldn’t it be a black woman/white man? why is he baring his teeth? he looks like an ape! and above all of that, Vogue has a history of racism. get a clue.

  • Black to tha Bone AKA The Swirl King

    Wow that is a beautiful cover. It only recalls TO’s ad in a positive way. In many ways you could say this photo is the manifesto of the swirl.

    With full erotic contrast we find the white woman is elegant, divine and very feminine while the black man exudes strength and power. Perfect halves of God’s union, ying and yang.

  • Princess Me

    For those who do not think this is a racial issue, please open the magazine and view the difference on how the White athletes are portrayed. This does play into the stereotype of black atheletes being beastly/animal like.

    @Jahpson, There are always lots of protests every year when the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issues comes out.

  • eva

    I’m so tired of everybody critizing this dude’s every move. Everybody made a big deal when he did the baby dunking thing when he hosted the ESPYS now this. Its just the cover of a damn magazine – why analyze it like that??? People really gotta let him live and make his money.

  • Tamila

    Yeah okay. Have you seen king kong?

  • Princess Me

    @ Black to the Bone aka Swirl King, Your posts are the epitome of IGNORANCE, SELF HATRED and COONERY.

    I am pretty sure you are a Fat White Woman, Nerdy White Male or a Nerdy Black Male who can’t get a women: black, white, dead or alive!

  • Strongest of them All

    LeBron is an adult. He has no obligation to respect Jemele Hill’s taste. If he didn’t like the pictures then that is his prerogative. I am sick of Jemele Hill’s bad writing. Just because Page 2 is supposed to be editorial doesn’t mean that ESPN shouldn’t be responsible for the quality. I don’t read Vogue. When I saw that picture I saw one of the most dominant athletes of my generation all pumped up and wearing work-out clothes, because the story is apparently about his fitness… to me that kind of makes sense. I saw a model wearing a dress, also in great shape, because models wear dresses… I guess I don’t understand Jemele’s problem. I am a big advocate for editors being socially responsible and not allowing inflammatory media to circulate in / on their publications. It is my opinion that Jemele’s article is more inflammatory than this photo. I will be the first to admit that I am no Jemele Hill. I think she is a terrible writer, most of the time she is way off base, she makes terribly obsolete social commentary, and often seems like she just wants to stir up a controversy. My feelings aside, this was irresponsible. Racism is something that haunts basketball, you don’t have to search to find it like she is. It breaks my heart that the sport I love so much is constantly attached to hateful ideas. Racism will exist forever, it will take us trusting each other to change that. This article wasn’t written in the spirit of progress and harmony, but instigation.

  • M

    I personally like the cover, especially since he is the first black male to grace the cover of vogue.I think it’s good. I mean,come on, is it really an issue? SHEESH!

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