Latest Outrageously Outrageous Outrage: SI Swimsuit Issue Uses African Tribesman With White Model

Posted by on Feb 16, 2013 at 8:06 am

Excuse me while I recalibrate my Outrage Meter. It’s been malfunctioning from overuse.

Sports Illustrated sparked a racial controversy this week over its latest swimsuit edition featuring bikini-clad models posing with African and Chinese natives dressed in traditional garb. 

The overall theme of this year’s issue, which is currently on sale, was the seven continents, with the models doing photo-shoots in countries like Spain, Chile and Australia.

However, the magazine landed in hot water over its decision to have the scantily-clad women photographed next to some local inhabitants in the places they visited as if they were ‘exotic props,’ according to some critics.

One of the images that has sparked the most outrage shows model Anne V, who is Caucasian and blonde, sitting on a traditional raft on a river in Guilin, Guangxi, being piloted by an elderly Chinese man sporting a typical cone hat.   

The second image that has been deemed offensive depicts Emily DiDonato frolicking in a two-piece swimsuit in Namibia with a man wearing a loincloth and other tribal-looking accessories, and carrying a spear.

Writer Dodai Stewart scolded the magazine in the prominent feminist blog Jezebel, accusing Sports Illustrated of perpetuating age-old stereotypes harking back to colonial times and using natives as fashion accessories while emphasizing the ‘centrality’ of the white models.

Jezebel is prominent? Really? Looks more as if they’re starving for attention.

In her takedown of the Namibia images, the Jezebel writer noted that despite Africa’s status as the cradle of civilization and the continent’s impressive diversity, Sports Illustrated chose ‘to tap into the West’s past obsession/fetishization with so called savages.’

They’re the ones conjuring the image of savages. That’s raaaaacist!

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8 Responses to “Latest Outrageously Outrageous Outrage: SI Swimsuit Issue Uses African Tribesman With White Model”

  1. Blue Hen on 16/16/13 at 8:47 am

    It’s kinda nice to see blue on blue action. SI played the race card for years against the Duke lacrosse team.

    Speaking of that, why didn’t SI use Crystal (meth) Magnum as their model? They looooooved her once upon a time, and she would have pleased the lords of racial grievances.

  2. billypaintbrush on 17/17/13 at 7:25 am

    Democrats are the party of grievances, real or imagined. They are never happy, never satisfied.

  3. pat on 17/17/13 at 3:28 pm

    That Chinese guy seems awfully happy with his catch. Seriously, libs take these ethnics for fools. They are as much models as the girls and handsomely paid with a fine wall hanging/conversation piece to boot.

  4. Slavery is Freedom, Ignorance is Strength on 18/18/13 at 9:56 am

    Multicult comrades. Diversity is strength. White countries for everybody, free welfare checks for all! Give us your poor, your unskilled, your uneducated, your unvaccinated so we can assimilate them and be number 1! (It least it worked that way on paper in the faculty lounge at the ivory tower.)

  5. Hawk on 18/18/13 at 10:51 am

    It wouldn’t be a swimsuit issue without someone getting all whiny about it.
    S.I. is probably happy for the attention.

  6. I R A Darth Aggie on 18/18/13 at 3:10 pm

    “Wait till I get her back to my village. The chief is gonna be jealous!”