Skip to comments.Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue Sparks Controversy. Offensive or Overreaction?
Posted on 02/13/2013 2:27:07 PM PST by YankeeReb
It's been a big week for Sports Illustrated. First, a blogger leaked the swimsuit issue's much-anticipated cover, upstaging David Letterman's big reveal on Monday. Now website Jezebel is calling out the men's magazine for using minorities as "props" in photos featuring models in bikinis posing in seven different continents.
Sports Illustrated coverJezebel argues that the magazine is perpetuating racial stereotypes by drawing power and class lines between the Westernized models and the "primitive locals" and points to a long history of media using minorities as "extras", citing Nylon magazine, the Free People catalog, British Vogue, and J-Crew.
Depending on where you look, the reaction has been mixed, even among the men who are supposed to be titillated. On Jezebel's website, one male commenter wrote, "Pics of woman with local natives is NOT hot, it's exploitative, so the mission is fail right there. Oh and exploitative. I do not know what they were thinking
.fail all around." While another guy wrote, "Some of the examples are reaching a bit
the one with the boat
.why pick that for China? Especially when everything I read about China is how they're an industrial powerhouse." And one helpful reader on Sports Illustrated's Facebook page pointed out, "Technically speaking they were not shot in all seven continents. While Easter Island may belong to Chile, it's a Polynesian island, and not part of the South American continent." Oy.
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at least they are nude with paint this year
still a stupid thing
Gay Test: If the first thing you notice in the picture are the natives, I've got some bad news for you.
What do they expect when you go to these places in the world? good grief, how many norwegians live in the sahara?
If something isn’t offensive to a Muslim it is probably offensive to some minority.
The only answer is to use only Catholic white people in the background. No one cares if whites or catholics are offended.
But then-—that would probably offend a muslim or a minority too.
what on earth is there to be insulted about for crying out loud.
The left is mad when minorities get jobs and mad when they don’t.
Pick a side.
...the libs that write SI are in trouble with their lib colleagues?
Maybe they’ll kill each other....
It is a valued tradition.
People just need to lighten up a little, and I am serious.
I’m guessing the one of a young lady rubbing her keister on the Libyan flag could be problematic for our next Ambassador.
Oh the humanity, LOL!
Overreaction. For one thing where the photos were done those people aren’t minorities. For another, people should whine less. It’s funny they’re complaining these people are used as props, just what exactly do they think the models are.
Yeah. Someone has to stop this exploitation....So he was exploited by paying him far more than he makes normally to point into the distance and look at her bum. Yeah, gotta stop this.
Poor sports, illustrated.
5 years in a Liberal Arts College, and you too can find many intellectual reasons to be pissed about nothing. If it takes a long explanation as to why someone else should be offended, its horse manure disguised as intellect.
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