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Mainstream media outlets have picked up on the controversial "LeBron Kong" Vogue cover. Magazine analyst Samir Husni believes the photo was deliberately provocative, adding that it "screams King Kong." (It's Kong's 75th anniversary, interestingly.) He notes: "When you have a cover that... brings those stereotypes to the front, black man wanting white woman, it's not innocent." In the Guardian, Michael Eboda asks: "Are the critics trying too hard to find something that is not there? Or when [photographer Annie] Leibovitz peeped at James through her viewfinder did she decide to reconstruct the stereotypes of the old movie poster?" (Meanwhile, a tipster sent in a piece of WWI propaganda that also invokes the Vogue cover, click the picture to see. ) [USA Today, Guardian]

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This is interesting to think about when you know how well-informed Ms. Leibovitz is about historic imagery; nothing is left to chance and everything is "inspired," and purposely so.

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Did no one in the media consider that the photographer did one of those ANTM "No, I need some emotion — SCREAM FOR ME!" things and that's why we got that cover?

Other huge differences:

1. Giselle does not look afraid. She looks at worst amused and at best like she's having a fantastic time. Not very Fay Wray of her.

2. Giselle is not a white woman. She's Brazillian. That would make her Latin.