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24 March 2008

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seanndc

"LeBron James has become the caricature of a ridiculously wealthy entertainer with no social conscience."
---"Double Ouch !"

Seahawk

Jemelle Hill's article was concise and made the point perfectly: James either has no consciousness or no mentality.

Lebron's defense is that people will criticize him for the good and the bad he does, therefore none of it matters to him.

He is from the Michael Jordan/Tiger Woods school of famous/dumb athlete: get paid and don't think twice.

Sad, sad, sad.

Lang B.

OUCH is right.
I really do not think I am over-reaching here. Sometimes we read too much into things, I am stunned! Dissapointed by the fact that the first black man on the cover of VOGUE and that's the most creative way they could style a "black" athlete??? This is Vogue not Sports Illustrated. Then you could say it's a women's magazine so Giselle is the focus but how could you ignore the big, strong angry black guy mildly groping here as she steps over him.


IMHO, there is no style or finesse about the cover shot.

Lebron does emote gorilla in that shot and I am upset that I am thinking that or that it was conveyed photographically.

It's just media right?

DFS

So, at the very least, since the article is about secrets of the best bodies, do we get to see more of LeBron's in the issue? otherwise it really is a total loss. They couldve at least had him in a loin cloth on the cover

TheRevKev

YEAH, THIS ONE HURT.

I STUDIED THE PICTURE. I WANTED IT TO BE ARTSY, CREATIVE, THOUGHT-PROVOKING AND SO MANY THINGS AND TRIED TO FIND THE HOLLYWOOD AND THE CONTRAST AND THE BEAUTY/BRAWN; MASCULINITY/FEMINITY THING.

BUT

THE TRUTH IS SIMPLE...THIS REEKS OF RACIST. IT LOOKS LIKE ANOTHER WHITE WOMAN BEING DEVOURED BY BLACK MAN. WOW....WOW...WOW! I JUST CAN'T TAKE THIS...IT'S UGLY...FORGET THE OTHER THINGS...IT'S AN UGLY SHOT!

Tom

Look, I read this blog often and I am white and I think it is a little OVER REACTING. He is a basketball player, she is a supermodel. He has a very nice body, and so does she. To compare this to King Kong is sick.

Maybe she should have dressed in basketball gear and him in supermodel fit.

I just think they were showing them in their profession.

Very sad this is being obsessed over. Just a discredit from everyone to Lebron. Sorry Lebron but congrats on making the cover! You look great!

Jim

Listen, this is the image so many of our black entertainers WANT to portray. Have you forgotten that absurd photo from last week of Bow Wow growling at the camera? Just because Bow Wow can’t pull it off doesn’t mean he didn’t try.

If you can blame Annie Leibovitz and Vogue for this photo, you can also blame the last twenty years of thug adoration in black American pop culture. This is the minstrel show we’ve been watching for years.

As a feminist, what I find more offensive than LeBron’s growling, which may not be totally out of line when dribbling a basketball, is the lady’s seeming to think that this fellow is a suitable partner.

Rod Mc

Luther, there are at least two previous posts on LeBron and Darur linked above. You may enjoy them.

Andy Niable

To paraphrase Hillary Clinton, "Shame on you! Shame on you, Annie Leibovitz!"

Seriously, the photo's just not right at all. Annie's a skilled photographer and was a longtime partner of Susan Sontag; you'd think she'd know better.

Ben

This is what happens when you take relative children and make them rich/famous/important beyond their emotional place. Sad. He should have seen that photo and said, Oh no. Yes, the topic is best bodies, but a body can be highlighted in something other than basketball attired and a skimpy dress - as I personally think Gisele looks like crap in this photo too.

Me

It's really not that serious. People need to relax and stop looking for shit to fuss about. The average person probably didn't even pick up on that until somebody put it in their head. Come on now.

elg

That's often the way LeBron looks when he plays ball. Much ado about very little. I think that some people don't like the cover because they don't like seeing him holding a white woman.

The photo shoot no doubt generated many pictures of LeBron and Giselle. A star of his magnitude surely had some say, and maybe final say, regarding this picture being picked for the cover.

It would be nice if LeBron was a "cause" person but he apparently is not. He doesn't owe anybody anything.

Mark

Obviously, the picture has got people talking about it. That is the one of the goals of a magazine, isn't it - to generate publicity?

Anyone who knows art and film would recognize right away that this is a take on King Kong. It was done on purpose - I'm sure everyone involved in making that picture knew knew that they were evoking King Kong and Fay Wray and they probably thought it was funny, or maybe even thought-provoking. It has certainly engendered discussion here. Obviously, certain people are known to view some black athletes as superhumanly strong and menacing (Jimmy the Greek, anyone?), but James is obviously secure enough in himself to know that he is not a gorilla. That's the point - making a compare-and-contrast between media in 1933 and 2008. BTW, I think King Kong was always about black men and trying to make them appear menacing, just like Birth of a Nation.

Taylor Siluwe

Mark,

YOu're right, Kong was always a metaphor for the big black buck you had to protect your delicate white woman from just as Planet of the Apes was also an allegorical horror tale about race.

The shot is BEAUTIFUL, from an artistic POV.

I'm just saying, this is not an issue to be writing to Vogue and complaining about as someone suggested. I like the imagery -- and yes, it does have a Kong/Fay Wray feel. So what?!

Lebron was on the cover of Vogue! Kudos for Lebron. Kudos for Liebovitz. Kudos for everybody.

And Jasmyne Cannick, once again, needs to sit the hell down. She's always got her panties in a bunch about something or other -- Though I still love her militant ass. (and the weight loss looks great) ;)

XOXO
.

Rod McCullom

Everyone, please read the new comments policy. TIA.

Banjiboi

Um, I think those who don't find this cover photo offensive should look at a photo from the same session that SHOULD have been used:

http://jezebel.com/368655/is-vogues-lebron-kong-cover-offensive

fredrick.

i've been drawn to this blog due to the discussion of this cover today in my african american art class. yes, i am black male, an artist very concerned about the depiction and portrayal of my brothers in the media today. however, while i do see the racial undertones in the cover, i earnestly believe that they are only present because of the tainted eyes of so many that have been afflicted by the odious legacy of this country. under ART first and foremost is that the message, the interpretation of the subject matter MEETS as the eye approaches the piece. in viewing the inside of the magazine, yes, better pictures were possibly chosen. but is it ineluctable someone wouldn't have scorned the idea of a black male/white female pairing in the first place?? even as i've searched for this image and "king kong" counterparts online, i've found scores of photos of lebron ALONE on the court screaming; no one cared to argue about the depiction of the black brute then.
next, in being familiar with fashion//editorial photography, yes, james definitely shot probably hundreds of photos for this issue. however, was he sure which would be chosen for the cover; highly unlikely. additionally upon signing any contract or agreements to do the issue, james has very little choice as to which photos are even chosen, his image is INADVERTANTLY compromised, as the art director of Vogue doesn't have to consult James or anyone from his party about which images go where.
lastly, concerning Vogue, this is certainly not their racist depiction of the black man or any insidious attack on his image. for every 10 people who will see this cover and have something to say, how many of them saw the powerful, contemporary icon of Will Smith on the cover of Men's Vogue??; looking sophisticated and refined as always, and no one champions him for his constant uplift and renewal of the black [male] image.
in closing, while i do understand and respect the views of others who hold this cover in disgust, i defend the same ideal and image of the black male; whom i love as he is myself, my father and brothers, and someday my sons. and even in my defense, i do protect his will of decision and individual rights to choice and success.

Lang B.

Thank You Banjboi for the link.

Let's not forget that the fashion industry and photo editors are "skilled" and are fully aware of the impact of image. Out of the hundreds of image files, that is the best cover? How is that artistic? Guy in basketball gear, female in gown. Plus, for a best body issue,that image does not express that in my eyes. Lebron in some designer dress shorts topless could have conveyed sports/ fashion and best body. I am just shocked at the lack of creativity for "VOGUE." I think we are more intelligent than this typial display.

To ME, you have a point, maybe the average person may not have picked it up but it seeps into your subconsciousness. subliminal advertising still exists and I am sure someheer in fashion land a few folks are laughing at this.

fredrick.

i do understand what you're saying. i just hang my head because ultimately, black people in the media can't win for losing.

race always prevails...

Walker

LOL
People have too much time on their hands to pick out that it looks like King Kong.
OMG WHO CARES?

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