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

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://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?

  • 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.

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