Friday, January 22, 2010

Making Tiger the Next O.J.

Remember this infamous Time magazine cover from 1994, where O.J. Simpson's complexion was "artistically interpreted" into a darkened, more menacing (and racist) pose?

For some reason, that iconic image shot through my dome when I saw the latest Vanity Fair cover.Not that Vanity Fair altered this Annie Leibovitz photo, but look at it: the black-knit cap (which looks hauntingly like the one donned by Johnnie Cochran during his "if it does not fit, you must acquit" speech), the "sexualized photos," the "reducing him to animal status," the "dangerous aura of sexual power that has dogged black athletes," who dare to go with white women, "back to the days of boxer Jack Johnson (and well beyond)."

It seems designed to perpetuate the same racist stereotype: "they're all the same, ain't they?"

What do you think?

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