So last week, LeBron James appeared with Gisele on the cover of the latest edition of Vogue Magazine. Smart move for Bron Bron, who has said numerous times he wants to be a a “global icon” To do that he must, from time to time, go against the grain so to speak and increase his cross over appeal. And by appearing on covers like Vogue and others, it’s a step.
But in the midst of it all, a firestorm was brewing. Some folk were appalled and disturbed at the cover. Not because he was on Vogue, nor because he was with “Tom Brady’s girl” It was the because of they way in which James was portrayed in the image. To many, it was racially insensitive. You know, the big black mandigo coming to the rescue of the blonde white woman. The image of dominance. King Kong grabbing the white woman.
While some didn’t think it was such a big deal and shook their heads and the talk of racist imagery, others couldn’t look past the picture in which they feel Bron Bron was painted. Jemele says “Too often, black athletes are presented as angry, overly aggressive and overly sexual. Or sometimes, they’re just plain emasculated.”Hill suggests while the media is partly to blame, athletes like James need to step up and say “No” to issues that can be controversial, no matter how much they’re getting paid.
The issue is that athletes in today’s age really don’t have a sense of history and how these images in the past were seen as racial. And I really can’t blames them. I’m in my 20s and some of the things older black folk get in an uproar about and it just doesn’t hit home with me as much.
So I found it interesting the differences of opinions on this. I curious to see/hear what others think.