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.
Jezebel 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 people of various ethnicities as “extras”, citing Nylon magazine, the Free People catalog, British Vogue, and J-Crew.
Someone needs to tell Yahoo! News the men who comment on liberal feminist blogs are not even remotely representative of the American male population:
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.
“As Jezebel writes, where are the images and pictures of bustling cities, skyscrapers — the pictures reify dominant narrative about the uncivilized and primitive third world. They define people of different races as ‘other’ and the sexual white female body as desirable, as they’re to be watched, consumed, and enjoyed by men in lounge chairs,” he adds.
Samuel L. Jackson, one of the stars of the new Quentin Tarantino-directed, Harvey Weinstein-produced Django Unchained, isspeaking out against those who would restrict access to firearms or scale back violence in films in reaction to the massacre in Sandy Hook. Said Jackson:
“I don’t think it’s about more gun control. I grew up in the South with guns everywhere and we never shot anyone. This [shooting] is about people who aren’t taught the value of life … I don’t think movies or video games have anything to do with it.”
Jackson added, “We need to stop deranged people from getting access to guns.”
“Do you think about the parents and their friends and getting that message from the school and finding out that their lives are irrevocably broken, ruined? You think about your own kid. I take him to school every now and then. Are we supposed to be worried about dropping our kids off at school now?” ….
“Believe me, I’m not dumb enough to think that this is a problem of guns,” Letterman said. “Before there were guns, people were killing one another. And you can’t just say that its mental health or emotional problems because people with all manner of problems don’t necessarily kill each other.”
He also shared a statistic that likely shocked his studio audience, one that muddies the debate about gun control even further.
“Since 1994, there have been 70 episodes of school shootings, [all] after the Brady Bill had passed [in 1993]. Good lord, does that surprise you?” he asked.
Imagine that, Liberals telling the truth about guns and gun control. I wonder if these two will feel the wrath of their Hollywood brethren for daring to question Liberal ideology?
On his show last night, David Letterman said he was sorry for his stupid, confusing, offensive joke about Sarah Palin’s daughter(s).
Some on the right, are not satisfied with his apology. My take is this, he likely was not truly sorry. Most public figures apologies over offensive remarks are not sincere.
While many of these “outrages” that end up in some fake, scripted apology are completely baseless, think about the apologies that race pimps like Je$$e Jackson demand over siome offense that they, more than anyone else created or fabricated. I can appreciate that Sarah Palin wanted an apology, I can also appreciate the Right coming to the defense of her and her daughters. I could completely understand if Todd Palin decked Letterman over his remarks. In fact, I might pay to watch that.
For those demanding Letterman be fired though, a word of warning. How many times has some Liberal group, played this card? Think about it. Do we REALLY want to be like them? Do we really want to further this PC idea that anyone making an offensive remark should be out of a job?
Yes, what Letterman “joked” about was offensive and he ought to be ashamed, but a comedian putting his foot in his mouth is nothing new. He apologized, and I see no benefit in seeking to destroy him over this.
Leave the Liberals to their thin-skinned carping and whining. Let us move on to reclaiming our Conservative principles, and thus majorities in the House and Senate. Let us fight like Hell to ward off Obamacare, and cap and trade, and the rest of Obama’s radical agenda.
Let us waste no more energy on Letterman, no one watches his dried up show anyway.