Vogue Cover with Lebron and Giselle stirs up Controversy
Jemelle Hill wrote an article about the now infamous Vogue cover with Lebron and Giselle saying that it had undertones remininscnint of King Kong and a frail white woman. Although prejudice, stereotype and racism still exist today, this cover was from far from it. And that's coming from a person who's also black and has experienced racism, stereotyping and prejudice first-hand.
I applaud Skip Bayless(although i don't like him) for bringing up to Jemelle wether she was mad because Lebron is on the cover with a white woman. But she denied it! And too couldn't be further from the truth. Black women(as do white men) hate seeing black men with white women. I've also experienced this first-hand and any brother out there who's been there can cosign me on this one. I'm not trying to be purposely critical; I'm just stating the facts. I've had the dirty looks, the bad attitude and everything you can think thrown my way as a result of dating out of my race.
Why are we always trying to create prejudice or stereotyping where there's none?? For somebody as careful with his image as Lebron is, I doubt that he didn't have a say with how he'd appeared on the cover. Not to mention that all athletes do that "roar" during the games. What's the problem with doing it on a cover of a magazine?? Not to mention the photographer who doesn't come off as a bigot. Who knows! Maybe this is the result of longtime oppression that create this thought where every little insinuation albeit here non-existent, into a stereotype or prejudice.
I think that Jemelle Hill is a great writer as she wouldn't be on ESPN if she wasn't, but I think she and other writers are reaching on this one. Cry wolf anyone ???
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