In Which We Are Momentarially Intrigued by Vogue


The Above magazine arrived at my home as so many things do, and I remarked to my wife as I surreptitiously shifted it from the coffee table to the magazine rack “That is a terrible cover. Looks like King Kong.” Which indeed it does.


This thing is, aesthetically, a disaster. The photographer should be drawn and quartered, and the editor summarily sacked. And predictably, it has stirred up a bit of controversy over “racial stereotypes” and whatnot. Now I wouldn’t normally give this sort of thing a second thought, but that cover has stuck in my head over the last few days. Couldn’t figure out why, until Buddha connected the dots for me:

The cover also closely resembles this bit of United States recruitment propaganda from the Great War which I had shown to my ninth grade European history class just two weeks ago.


7 comments on “In Which We Are Momentarially Intrigued by Vogue

  1. Remy says:

    Aesthetically a disaster? What’s not to like about it aside from the fact that he’s in shorts and sneakers on the cover of a fashion magazine? It was a sly bit of cultural invocation on the part of the photographer and I can’t believe that there was any intent of xenophobia. The key difference in is Gisele is happy in the arms of LeBron. I would rather argue that this is a supplanting of racism.

  2. actually, i agree that the racism discussions are much ado about not much. however, i still maintain that this is one ugly cover. and not chic ugly. just ugly. the balance of the thing looks all off to me, and you are right: couldn’t they find something else to dress the dude in? those shoes alone warrant somebody’s being fired. the comparison to king kong and the enlistment poster are more fun, than anything (honestly, i find both of those posters more aesthetically pleasing than this cover).

    however, as my wife astutely observed to me mid-rant: “You are still talking about it. The cover caught your attention, yes? Then it did what it was supposed to do.” which is fair enough, i suppose.

  3. liliana says:

    this is a very interesting film !!!!!!! :)

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  5. OK, I’m getting a lot of traffic on this post all of a sudden: What’s going on? Did someone assign a paper on the topic? If so, what’s the assignment?

  6. Eneya says:

    The problem with the cover:
    Angry black man (aggressive) is near a white woman (who looks like a damsel in distress). Sexual assault is implied (more of a hinted).
    He is active, she is passive.
    He is in shorts, she is in a dress.
    Stereotypes indeed.

  7. Except that their attire is merely indicative of their respective professions, and their expressions are oriented toward the viewer, not each other. no rape implied, no racial stereotype inherent to the cover (if that’s what you saw, you dragged that crap in on your own shoe, metaphorically speaking).
    They are definitely stereotyped, though: As a basketball player and a model. I still think the only thing to be offended at is that it’s ugly.

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