Thursday, October 18, 2007

WC: Hip and Happening or Racist and Sexist?

Radar Magazine prides itself on its edginess. A recent cover featured one of the English princes in boxer shorts. And I'm sure that the cover above was just another attempt to be hip and happening, but I have to wonder about the choice of who would be dressed and who would be nude. Did they decide, on purpose, to reference the two paintings above (one by Manet and one probably by Giorgione)--and many others--by having Clinton nude? How did they make the decision to have Obama nude? Was it a republican vs democrat decision to keep Guiliani dressed?

I can't help but think that there at least some sexism and racism in this picture. The black man is nude and supine. The white woman is nude and smiling as the white man hits on her. The white man is dressed and active.

And would Clinton be smiling if Guiliani was hitting on her? Ewww?


Anonymous said...

It's a satire of a Vanity Fair cover from last year with Tom Ford, Scarlett Johannsen and Keira Knightley.

Anonymous said...

The image is based on Vanity fair cover I believe. The Scene was Tom Ford with two naked models. One black, one white......They are merely mirroring the composition of that somewhat provocative photo.